Farmers to put their toes in the water

Rural Focus credit - fisherman fishing a large pond

Rural Focus credit - fisherman fishing a large pond

Farmers encouraged to put their toes in the water

A special free event to encourage farmers to make the most of ponds on their land is being held near Bude later this month.  Organised by Country Sports South West in partnership with Rural Focus, the event will demonstrate the practical steps that any farmer can take to generate income from different types and sizes of ponds.

The RDPE-funded  'Focus on Pond Diversification' event is taking place at Uppacott Farm at Kilkhampton on Wednesday 25th April and is open to any trading farm in Devon and Cornwall.  It will highlight how to adapt an existing  pond to either attract birds and create a flight pond and or to create and maintain a dedicated fishing pond, with a particular emphasis on conservation and income generation.

"Here in the South West, the annual expenditure of anglers on fishing inland waters is around £100m and the economic contribution of sporting shooting  is worth in excess of £270m," says Annette Coles of Country Sports South West. 

"With such a high level of activity in these areas, it's in every farmer's interest to make the most of their natural resources and capitalise on the opportunities that exist.  All too often, even large ponds are often just neglected and become overgrown and uninhabitable.  We're keen to show how easy it is to address such a missed opportunity by turning a forgotten pond into a vibrant resource that, with very little investment, can generate a new source of revenue for the farm."

The event will include advice from the Country Sports South West team and an Adviser from Rural Focus will be on hand to provide guidance on the business aspects of diversification.  Starting with tea and coffee at 10am, it will also feature a farm walk and includes a light lunch for all delegates.

Pre-booking is essential and booking forms are available from  Rural Focus on  08456 047 047 or emailing enquiries@ruralfocus.info.

Date added: Thursday 12th April 2012
Latest updated: Friday 7th February 2014