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February 16, 2020
Paul , our chairman and Rob busy at work stripping willow reams for our net repairs. The coming season is close now and all the lave nets have to be checked and repaired as required.
The willow / withy has been cut when the sap is down.
February 14, 2020
This for those who are interested is the real world.
A comparison between Black rock lave net fishermen's catch and the EDF Hinkley point nuclear power station (Down stream from us ) which is under construction .
The power station will kill upwards (Depending on who's p...
February 12, 2020
Throughout the lave netting close season there is always great interest in our fishery and we get many invites to speak / demonstrate to groups around the country.
A particularly rewarding experience yesterday was meeting the Shirenewton Cubs .
They learnt about the lav...
February 8, 2020
Our fishermen welcomed BBC Countryfile director Kath to our fishery last week .
Kath was very interested in our fishery ,it's heritage ,traditions and the materials we use to make the net.
We will welcome presenter Matt. Baker to Black Rock very soon !
January 28, 2020
A couple of months ago our fishermen were down to the "levels " that back the estuary looking for potential "Ream" for our nets .
The lane we visited was a discrace with rubbish dumped on it and in the reen We spent hours cleaning up the mess............
Today we w...
January 27, 2020
It's that time of year again for harvesting willow "Reams " , arms for the lave net down on the caldicot Levels .
The pollarded trees grow close to the many "Reens " which drain the land . Winter time the sap is down and this is the best time to take the branches from...
January 22, 2020
A beautiful winters day and a visit of 84 children to our fishery ........
A credit to the school they were engaging and keen to learn about our fishery and the estuary .
We set out little " islands" with different subjects and each was enjoyed by the visitors !
January 21, 2020
Eighty four children will visit our fishery to day to learn about the estuary and our lave nets .
We set out islands with net making , finds , net knitting ,closed methods of fishing and demonstrate how we use the net.
To end we talk about the scourge of plastic on the...
January 16, 2020
Passing on the skills to make and repair the lave net is a huge part of what we do . If the fishery had been closed all this heritage would have been lost.
January 14, 2020
A link to the past are the "finds" at low tide in the close season . Winter time usually turns up a few !
Yesterday we found this ink bottle , over a hundred years old.........
A link to past users of the estuary and surrounding area
Our finds will be displayed in our ne...