New Book – If Rivers Could Sing: A Scottish River Wildlife Journey: A Year in the Life of the River Devon

Some of you may know Keith Broomfield, an active member of the DAA committee. He is often to be spotted around the river armed with his cameras, capturing amazing images of Strathdevon’s landscape, flora and fauna which are used to illustrate among other things  his regular columns in the Alloa Advertiser and the Courier.

Tippermuir Books Ltd have just published Keith’s new book “If Rivers Could Sing: A Scottish River Wildlife Journey: A Year in the Life of the River Devon”  [ISBN-10 : 1913836002 & ISBN-13 : 978-191383600]. The book is available directly from the publisher https://tippermuirbooks.co.uk/?product=if-rivers-could-sing , from other online booksellers and no doubt locally over a counter!

Rivers have captivated wildlife writer Keith Broomfield since childhood: special serene places where nature abounds and surprises unfold at every turn. In this personal Scottish river wildlife journey, he delves deeper into his own local river to explore its abundant wildlife and to get closer to its beating heart. The course of the Devon is a place Keith has come to know well and somewhere that has become part of his being. If Rivers Could Sing is a book for all who love wildlife, wild places, and Scotland’s natural heritage.

It is a fascinating read, particularly for anglers familiar with the River Devon, as so many of the places mentioned are familiar. I suspect my copy will end up with a worn out spine in a few years, as it will definitely be re-read. Highly recommended!

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September 2020 – Late season update

Hello all, its been a while!

Apologies for the lack of updates ,in part this has been due to the lock-down when all activity of the DAA ground to a halt and so many of us were furloughed. Unfortunately as the lock-down eased and I came off furlough, work took off and swallowed up a lot of my spare time.

Covid-19 has put a huge spanner in the works of the DAA, the committee have had to conduct their activity on-line and work parties have only been able to begin to catch on some of the work load. During August we had a series of major spate events resulting in serious flooding throughout the Devon valley affecting homes, business, significant damage to the roads and some major landslides.  Glenquey and Castlehill Reservoirs, along with the other Ochils reservoirs are full, meaning the river now responds quickly to rainfall events such as during last weekend.

In April during the lock-down, member Jamie Beveridge out on his lock-down daily ramble reported high levels of orange sediment in the river below Vicars Bridge originating from the Coal Authority Mains of Blairingone treatment facility. This was reported directly to SEPA and the Coal Authority by the DAA. Despite being in the height of lock-down, the Coal Authority  responded immediately and a mitigation plan was agreed with SEPA and implemented immediately. We were fortunate that this was nipped in the bud early, where other rivers in the catchment have not been so lucky, thanks to the high groundwater levels and low river flows during the hot first part of the summer remember that??).

Please ….. if you note something that isn’t right in the river, be it the smell, a point source of excessive sediment, a film on the water, raw sewage etc …… report it to SEPA immediately (SEPA hotline number is on your permit) and let the DAA know!

As lock-down eased in last days of May the River Devon re-opened for fishing and once permission was confirmed by Scottish Water, Glenquey re-opened for fishing a few days later.

Since lock-down eased the Devon has fished really well, proving the benefits of not stocking, with lots of angler catching multiple fish either side of a 1lb and some stretching a net in excess of a 2lb. During recent spates a few salmon have been seen but not caught (yet) but a few sea trout have been caught. We have had an unfortunate incidents of a Sea Trout being caught and removed contrary to the rules of the DAA; with their actions been reported as poaching.

Kenny MacCaulay, one of our bailiffs, came across two anglers specifically targeting eels. The DAA rules are silent on the subject of eels, but the species is under incredible pressure being in decline throughout Europe for the last 30 years, and is currently regarded as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation.  The Freshwater Fish Conservation (Prohibition on Fishing for Eels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 expressly prohibits fishing by any method for eels without a licence from Scottish Ministers. Targeted fishing for eels is forbidden and any caught accidentally must be returned immediately. This will be clarified in the Rules in time for the 2021 season

Anglers have enjoyed good sport at Glenquey, though in recent times angling has been restricted pretty much to the south bank due to the high water levels. To date catch returns have reported:

  • March 2020 – Pre-lockdown 5 anglers caught 4 fish averaging 0.75lb
  • March – May 2020 – Lockdown
  • June 2020 -57 anglers caught 342 fish with an average weight of 0.54lb. One angler was fortunate to land  20tout in a session and there was one fish caught around 1.5lb
  • July 2020 -46 anglers caught 164 trout with an average weight of 0.58lb [average 3.6 fish per angler] Best fish was an almost 2lb specimen caught by Gordon Dow
  • August 2020 – 43 anglers caught 60 trout with an average weight of 0.6lb [early August was tough, with 9 anglers catching only 1 fish]

There are just about three weeks of the trout season, and the weather appears to be settling down so hopefully everyone has good close to the trout season. Hopefully we will get news over the next 6 weeks or so of a decent run of salmon!

Keep a look out here as the ‘new normal’ becomes established we will keep you in touch news of the season close and developments for the 2021 season!

 

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UPDATE 26/08/20 Access to Glenquey from south only – A823 closed at Glendevon village till Thurs 27/08/20 at 6am

Good news …….. A823 reopens Thursday 6am according to Perth & Kinross Council on Facebook this afternoon

pkc glendevon

Hopefully more peaceful nights will be had by the neighbors of the temporary bridge

 

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Access to Glenquey from south only – A823 closed at Glendevon village from Weds 25/08/20 for a few days

Unfortunately Perth & Kinross Council have confirmed on Facebook that the A823 at Glendevon village, will be closed from the morning (Wednesday 25/08/20) for up to three days.  This apparently relates to problems with the temporary bridge on the west side of the village

Access to Glenquey should remain open from the south, visitors from the north will need to take the diversionary route A9 Perth – M90 south – Milnathort – A91 west – Yetts of Muckhart.

As soon as I have confirmation of the road reopening I will post an update.

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Access to Glenquey – A823 closed at Glendevon village – REOPENED 20-10-20

I understand that the A823 reopened on Thursday (20th August) evening providing access to Glenquey from the north. A temporary bridge has been installed over the failed bridge.

Please note following the tremendous overnight storms (Tuesday 11th August Wednesday 12th August) the A823 is closed just west of Glendevon village. The Creich Burn has washed away the culvert making the road impassable.

There are a mass of road closed signs at the junction at Yetts of Muckhart, which have caused some confusion.

Access to Glenquey from the south – remains as normal, just go around the sign

Access to Glenquey from the north – unfortunately you will need to divert via Perth-M90-Milnathort-A91-Yetts of Muckhart. There are no road closure signs on the Dunning road, but I traveled back that way on Friday only to meet a Police Road Closed sign just above the Devon. The road here is in a shocking condition (partially washed away by the Glendy Burn) and is really not recommended. Why there aren’t road closed signs in Dunning is a mystery

I understand that Perth & Kinross Council will be installing a temporary “bailey” bridge on the A823 sometime later next week (there is already one installed on the Dunning Glen road) and the crossing will be controlled by traffic lights

 

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Lost fly box at Taits Tomb lay-by (20/06/19)

Any one out and about the lay-by at Taits Tomb today (Saturday 20th June) that came upon a fly-box containing this fine selection of nymphs (and the other side containing dries); then please get in touch the owner would love to get it back!

Thanks

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Covid-19 update #4 – Permit outlets update

Currently four permits outlets are now available:

  1. Buicks, Alloa – normal shop hours
  2. The Sorting Office, High Street Dollar – open mornings only (Monday – Saturday 8am – Noon,  Sunday 8am-10am) NB They prefer payments for permits in cash [Free cash machine @ the Co-op on the opposite side of the road]
  3. The Paper Shop,  103 High Street, Tillicoultry
  4. Monas of Muckhart – 9am – 2pm from Monday 15th June  TBC
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Covid-19 update #5 – Glenquey re-opening Wednesday 3rd June [updated 02/09/20 #A]

The DAA are delighted to announce that today (Monday 1st June) we have received permission from Scottish Water to re-open Glenquey for fishing.  We are obliged by Scottish Water to do some preparatory work, which will be completed tomorrow. Glenquey will re-open for fishing on Wednesday 3rd June.

Updated 2nd June

Monas of Muckhart are not able to open until 15th June, so to simplify permit sales please note the new arrangements for permits sales noted below

From 3rd June 2020 to 14th June 2020 – Ten permits daily will be available from The Sorting Office, High Street Dolllar. NB restricted opening hours (Monday – Saturday 8am to Noon and Sundays 8am to 10am) and please where possible pay with cash [there is a free cash machine at the Co-op on the opposite side of the road]

From 15th June 2020 onwards – Five permits daily will be available from both The Sorting Office, High Street, Dollar and Monas of Muckhart (who intend to open 9am to 2pm)

Initially there will only ten permits available daily, five from the Sorting Office in Dollar and five from Monas of Muckhart (Monas will hopefully be open from Monday 15th June [TBC] but if you contact Moira at Monas, she is working periodically in the shop and will endeavor to facilitate permit sales. Moira can contacted directly on 07711 585115 or via FB messenger @ Monas of Muckhart)

In line with the guidelines set out by the Scottish Government on Thursday 28th May for Phase 1 of the Covid-19 roadmap, the Devon Angling Association will rely on anglers commonsense/conscience to minimise their journeys by car, to only fish locally and obey the requirements for social distancing, which include:

  • Obey the requirements of any notices posted
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or shares a household with any individual displaying symptoms, should not go fishing and continue to follow government guidance on isolation
  • If you are in the highest risk (shielding) group outlined by the Government, then you should stay at home.
  • Angling must be undertaken on a solitary basis or only with people from your own household. Social distancing in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines must be maintained at all times.
  • Always follow good hand and respiratory hygiene guidelines e.g. washing of hands,
    use of face coverings in enclosed spaces.
  • Give due consideration to social distancing when parking vehicles, walking along banks and encountering other anglers and members of the public
  • Do not share tackle outwith the members of your household
  • Take your own food and drink to reduce potentially coming into contact with others.

Good luck!

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Covid19 update #3 – Fishing on the Devon from Friday 29th May 2020

Great news we have now entered Phase 1 and the Scottish Government has given the green light: fishing on the River Devon is conditionally permitted once again from Friday 29th May 2020. Unfortunately, Glenquey remains closed for fishing but the DAA are committed to make it available to anglers as soon as practicable.

Under Scottish Government guidelines angling is permitted provided that your journey from your local community is broadly no more than five miles and that the well established social distancing procedures are adhered to. The DAA are relying on anglers own consciousness and responsibility to adhere to the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements. For the avoidance of doubt anglers need to consider the following bullet points in planing their fishing:

  • Journeys to the River Devon by car should be limited to broadly five miles from your own community
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or shares a household with any individual displaying symptoms, should not go fishing and continue to follow government guidance on isolation
  • If you are in the highest risk (shielding) group outlined by the Government, then you should stay at home.
  • Angling must be undertaken on a solitary basis or only with people from your own household. Social distancing in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines must be maintained at all times.
  • Always follow good hand and respiratory hygiene guidelines e.g. washing of hands,
    use of face coverings in enclosed spaces.
  • Give due consideration to social distancing when parking vehicles, walking along river banks and encountering other anglers and members of the public
  • Do not share tackle outwith the members of your household
  • Take your own food and drink to reduce potentially coming into contact with others.

Regardless that a number of outlets for permits remain closed, anglers fishing on the River Devon must have a valid permit without exception. If you encounter illegal fishing please contact either/both:

  • Forth District Salmon Fishery Board bailiff – 07887 835549
  • Police Scotland – 101

Please on behalf of the Devon Angling Association, if you are able get out ther, and enjoy our fabulous river ……… please share your experiences (words, prose, photos, videos, tik-tok etc etc to thedaa@talktalk.net)

Good luck & enjoy the first taste of freedom from lockdown!

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Corvid-19 update #2 – The earliest that fishing on the Devon can begin is Friday 29th May 2020

Apologies there has been some confusion here (and elsewhere) as to when fishing will permitted by the Scottish Government. We have confirmed that the date fishing can recommence will be announced by the Scottish Government on Thursday 28th May. It is quite possible that the date might be Friday 29th May (it has been well trailed in the press), but this will not be confirmed until Thursday.

The earliest date fishing in Scotland is likely to be allowed by the Scottish Government is Friday 29th May.

We will confirm on Thursday PM the date that we will be allowed to begin fishing again

Thank you for your patience!

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