It really is a piece of Heaven through that gate. One of the most lovely parts of my local river, packed with trout and grayling that thrive on the fly life, which thanks to the efforts of the river keepers, is so abundant hereabouts.
Now that our Environment Agency (EA) has once again neglected its duties to protect England and Wales from invasive species, it looks like the native species of creatures the trout rely on for food and we rely on for dry fly fishing in England and Wales are doomed to extinction. I worry and wonder just how long that gate will remain a way through to Heavenly delights. The killer shrimp is now being transported from water to water by boats, fish farmers and, yes, careless anglers too! It seems to be only a matter of time before we lose all the larvae of the aquatic flies to this virulent predator. This will affect others besides Dry Fly anglers. There will be very few dippers, martins, swallows, swifts, flycatchers, wagtails.... There will be fewer bats. Some, like the Daubenton's Bats, will actually disappear from the British Isles. All of this is thanks to contaminated bilge being imported to our lakes, reservoirs, canals and rivers by the boating enthusiasts. The real criminals in all this are the time servers in the EA who did nothing when it was first discovered at:
What should the EA have done? They should have closed these waters off the instant Killer Shrimp was discovered in them. The reservoirs should have been drained down and the beds limed and dried off. Cardiff Bay should have been quarantined so that bilges were decontaminated before craft were allowed to pass on anywhere else. Instead there were no restrictions placed on access for boats at any of these locations and now - anywhere where boats go and fish farmers truck in their products - we can expect this invader to arrive and start eating our native species into extinction.
Please do what you, personally, can do to slow the spread of the killer shrimps. After fishing, wash your wellies, overtrousers, waders and nets in hot water and dry them out before you visit another water. You might not be able to stop fish farmers and boaters spreading this nightmare but you can ensure you never do.