Wildlife - Fish & Mammals
The most common fish are Grey Mullet, which spawn in the pond. Eels can also be seen.
Other fish species recorded include:
Salmon, Brown Trout (& occasional Rainbow), Sea bass, Sea bream, Roach, Flatfish, Sticklebacks, Shrimps & Prawns
The Pond is in addition a nursery area for fish such as Flounder, Sand Smelt and Goby.
Fishing is tolerated but not allowed!
Our lease requires, amongst other things, “To erect and maintain Notice Boards prohibiting bathing, fishing and boating of any kind in any part of the Mill Pond and to use due diligence in enforcing such prohibitions........”.
Access to a river, stream, lake or any other water body does not automatically allow one the right to fish in it. The owner of the land adjoining a natural river or stream owns the exclusive fishing rights (called, Riparian Rights) up to the middle of the water. Owners are subject to the general laws protecting close seasons for fish (Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 etc). In the sea the public has rights to fish below the mean high water mark, either from the bank (assuming there is public access) or by boat.
Over the years we have had problems with generations of youths swimming in our pond. On many occasions they have become unruly, upsetting local residents and involving the constabulary. We eventually discovered that the presence of men fishing has a much more deterrent effect so the ”No fishing” rule is not enforced, especially in light of the complications of the legal position.
More details can be found in our Fishing Policy
Cormorant catches an Eel
Water voles have been well recorded in the past but not in recent years. Sadly the most flourishing mammal has been the rat, possibly encouraged by well-meaning but over-generous feeders of bread to the ducks and swans.