Oxnead Fishery

We have received reports that notices placed by the Oxnead Fishery manager are being vandalised and removed. When these notices first appeared they were a little large and over-bearing but Ashe Hurst, the Manager concerned has made them less obtrusive whilst still being readable. These signs are part of a new effort to establish a sustainable fishery and to protect the river environment. Oxnead Fishery is not trying to restrict access to the river for walkers; indeed they are welcome on the designated paths but the bank and wildlife habitats need protecting. The indiscriminate launching of canoes in particular has caused the bank to degrade in places.

Ashe says “The signs state that the fishing is for private members only. However we can instruct Fishery Members and Non Members to leave the land as it is private property if they are in breach of fishery rules. We can instruct Members & Non Members to retain their dog on a lead and to clean up any fouling as instructed by the land owners.

Access  into the river from the bank or from the river onto the bank requires prior land owners ( Riparian) consent. The land owners have informed Ashe that access consent into and from the river is only granted to: The land owners Family & Friends, The Canoe Man , 1st Buxton Scouts and Oxnead Fishery Syndicate.

Through Passage by canoes is supported and unrestricted except where environmental impact is causing damage to the banks and spawning gravels or wilful interference to those habitats or Fishery Members becomes a conflict of interest”.

Ashe has also stated in respect of the signs that “I have consent to display them and have to legally define our remit of  public insurance liability and membership access consent and these thefts and vandalism amount to criminal damage & theft”.

Ashe is new to this river but he is a man with a vast experience and a lot to offer. He is very knowledgable about the fish and other wildlife and is supportive of the right to access that we are hoping to establish. This project hopes to have a worthwhile and ongoing dialogue with Ashe that will lead to improvements for everybodies benefit. Please let us know what you think.

The beauty of Oxnead; photograph copyright-Chris Goddard

5 thoughts on “Oxnead Fishery”

  1. Hi, we have been at the Buxton Water Mill today and I looked for the sign, as I want to talk to him about my son doing some fishing and the sign has been removed again!! Do you have any contact details for the fishery?

  2. ‘The beauty of Oxnead’ – now immeasurably diminished by the felling of the beautiful line of trees downstream of Oxnead Hall (to the left of your photo). I was there today and the chainsaws were hacking up the remains of some 40 of these magnificent trees. Who owns this land? And what is to be done to stop further desolation of this most beautiful of Norfolk valleys?

    1. You are right this is a most beautiful part of the valley. At this moment in time I don’t know for sure if this is a cosmetic or commercial felling but I agree that it does change the nature of the valley and not for the better. If it is commercial I hope, at least, there will be re-planting but we cannot get back what has already been lost although urgent enquiries are underway as to what the answer is and to try and ascertain if anything can be done to redress the situation and prevent further loss.

  3. Myself and a friend spend frequent summer evenings kayaking down the smaller Norfolk rivers and recently came through Oxnead mill where we portered the kayaks along the road and through the gates where we were politely asked by the new owner if we could launch further own stream to avoid disturbing the spawning fish. We complied but I think it would be worth wile putting a sign on the gate informing other river users that there is another place to lauch further up, albeit less easy than the ‘beach’ near the mill

    1. This is very difficult but you are quite right that appropriate advice should be readily available to assist both yourselves and other river users by which I mean mainly walkers and anglers. The operator of the Oxnead Fishery is rightly trying to protect spaening fish which is good for the whole eco-system and not just his business. I do know however that he has also been criticised in the very recent past for having too many posters and notices in an area of great beauty that some have seen as being out of place. When BNCT has the funds we propose to place interpretation boards at strategic points and they could include advice of the type you are looking for. In the interim I will speak to Oxnead Fishery to see if something could be done. I do know that some canoe websites also publish advice of this sort and perhaps you will know them better than either Oxnead Fishery or myself and might be able to get temproary advice published by them. Thank you for your interest.

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