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Windmill Lakes

 We are looking for Fishery officers to look after our Field and Swan lakes also our Old Island and Long Lakes. Please do not ring the number in the handbook or website as Colin Bell is no longer the fishery officer.

Anyone interested or requires more information please ring 07522 096393

24 Hour Carp Match 2019 at Straits Mill

This year’s Carp match will be held at Straits Mill between midday Saturday 20th July and midday Sunday 21st July and limited to 10 entrants.  The rules are the same as in previous years with the winner being the angler with the largest weight of carp caught over the 24 hours of the competition. 

The entry fee will be £5 per rod (maximum of 2 rods) with all of the entry and raffle fees going to the clubs charities.

Contact Colin Short for an entry form (details in your 2019 handbook)


The main toilet block mains water supply pipe has been replaced and the toilets is now open.

River Wid work party

New river season for river Wid Writtle, Work party morning of Sunday 16th June 2019
Members wishing to fish this superb stretch of Essex river please come along to meet up and join us from 8.30am on the opening morning of this new river season to help clear swims then fish on into the afternoon. Suitable clothing/gardening tools are advised.  Nettles and long grasses being the main bank side obstructions.  Drinking water and work gloves are also recommended. Feel free to contact me for other details/updates (mobile number in clubs book)
Best wishes. Peter Yates BDAC fishery officer river Wid

Asheldham Fishery works and closure

Work will start on the banks, duckweed removal and Siltexing on the 10th June and the fishery will be closed for 3 weeks until the 30th June.

Change to Fishery Rules for Barleylands and Laundry lake (21/5/19)


Hicks Farm Road Closure

Road closure - 28th May for 14 days (11th June). Ship Road, from the Ship Pub down to Kents Farm Lane - will be closed for road resurfacing.

Fishers Green River Walk Saturday 15th June 2019.

Meet Middle car park 9am.
All are welcome to our pre season river walk, designed to help you get to know and hopefully unlock some of the secrets of this lovely stretch of the old original River Lea. Experienced Bailiffs and anglers will be on hand to highlight swims, features and offer tips on bait and rigs. Previous years walks have been very popular and have helped many anglers land their first Fishers Green barbel and chub or increase their PB. This last season has seen some wonderful fish landed, including the new venue barbel record 17.11lb.

Willow Mere

We have received a complaint from the Willowmere and Chasewater Angling Club, who have a lake in the Writtle area, not too far from our water, Willow Mere. Members of BDAC are not following the directions in our handbook, but have googled Willow Mere and found the lake of Willowmere and Chasewater A.C. They have accordingly been ejected by the farmer. Please check the directions in the club handbook.

Barleyland's Car Park

There is a new car park at Barleylands, the old car park is now a road and the new one is behind a gate to the left of the old one.

24 Hour Carp Match 2019

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES IN THE HANDBOOK ARE INCORRECT: The match will take place on Saturday 20th July through to Sunday 21st July.

Guest Tickets

It has been agreed to extend the two-day guest ticket to our other waters which allow night fishing, i.e. Jackletts Farm and Asheldham.
This will allow guests to fish with a member from 6 a.m. on day one until 10 p.m. on day two, for the price of £18. This facility is already in operation at Southminster.

Details of guest tickets are in the 2019/20 handbook which already renewing members will receive in the next week.

Guest Tickets

Any member who requires a guest ticket  should contact the Club’s members' email address at  .  Just to remind you, they are available on six of our  waters, Southminster, Asheldham or Straits Mill, Braintree, Bicknacre, Hicks Farm, Thoby Wood and are priced at £10 per day, paid to the Club’s a/c 20-37-83, a/c no. 90158224, quoting the member’s name and 2018/19 card no., together with the full name of the guest. For Southminster, there is a two-day ticket (6 a.m. on day 1. to 10 p.m. on day 2.) costing £18.

Pike match - Straits Mill 2018

Numbers were a bit down this year possibly due to the weather. We were met with cold winds and heavy rain at the start but this didn't put the fish off as Jay had a jack first cast. The rain soon cleared to leave bright calm conditions. Not ideal but the pike were on the munch with more fish caught than last year. Everyone had a fish or two albeit mostly jacks and it looked like David Wilson would be taking the trophy thanks to the biggest fish of the session at 8lb 14oz. However last years winner Dave Twitchett managed a late fish of 8lb 8oz to add to his tally and retain his title! Herring mackerel smelt and roach all worked plus one on a lure. Once again a very enjoyable friendly match with a few quid raised for charity. Ken Brown.

River Wid Gudgeon Match

ATTENTION ALL RIVER ANGLERS - We intend to hold an end of season 'gudgeon' (largest/most caught) competition/meeting for this stretch of river on Sunday 10th March 2019.  Interested parties please contact me for further details.  Likewise if you are up for any work parties. ​

Kind regards and enjoy your fishing​
Peter Yates – Fishery Officer – Mob 07465429877

Barleylands Car Park very important notice

The car park gate is to be kept locked at all times particularly at weekends. Please lock the car park gate when you enter and leave the fishery, to ensure only club members have access. 

Parking at BDAC venues

Members are reminded of Byelaw 11 "Except where indicated in the Club handbook, all cars must be parked in the official car park where one is provided and all gates to fisheries to be locked after entry and exit. Under no circumstances may cars be parked on roads adjacent to fisheries."

Straits Mill Improvement Works

The works referred to in your newsletter to be carried out at the small lake Straits Mill are almost complete,  with 11 rebuilt swims, 4 new platforms and 2 new disabled swims.  The weed clearance is scheduled for August, when the growth is at its highest.  The lake will be closed for at least one day during the weed cutting operation. This work was carried out on application to and with financial assistance from the Angling Trust, Fishery Improvement Fund.  Other improvements to our Straits mill Fishery are in the pipe line.

Disabled Swim
Path from Car Park

BDAC Privacy Statement

In order to comply with the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 which is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, BDAC has published its Privacy Policy (see below).

Under the terms of GDPR, the club has been required to choose a lawful basis for holding personal data. In our case, we have chosen the basis of legitimate interests. This has a minimal privacy impact, such as contacting a member about their annual renewal.

BDAC Privacy Policy


Please read the venue rules on the gate

Introduction of car parking charges at Fishers Green

The non fishery managers at Lee Valley Regional Park have decided to introduce car parking charges at a number of sites across the park in order to generate additional revenue. This is partly due to local authority councillors sitting on the management board deciding to reduce the amount their authorities have to payto run the park. under the act of parliament that set up the park in the 1960s.

Charges will be made using an ANPR camera installation in the two authority car parks (Fishers Green and Hooks Marsh) but not the anglers car parks behind the anglers padlocked gate at Stubbins Hall Lane. 

Fishers Green

  1. Cameras: 1st Camera logs vehicle moment in of all, The 2ndCamera logs movement of Anglers vehicles: the 3rd Camera logs all movement of visitors to F/Green Sailing Club, therefore any vehicles not appearing on cameras 2 & 3 will be charged as they will be logged as using the main car park.
  2. Consideration is being given to a secondary/inner car park option inside the anglers gate, however this will probably need a planning application to both EFDC and Natural England, therefore will take a time to process.
  3. Unfortunately all vehicles going into the main Fishers Green Car Park (see 1) will be charged after one hour commencing 9thMarch 2018
  4. This applies anytime during any 24 hour period.


Hooks Marsh

  1. The park is currently in contact with the Corporation of London regarding the use of the Police Pit Car Park at the bottom right of Fishers Green Lane.
  2. There may be the option to explore the possibility of using a section of Chapmans Field on Left hand side going down Fishers Green Lane however this as in 2) above will require planning permission. Unfortunately  LVRP start from this point in time in regard to submission of the relevant planning applications which shall require both assistance and cooperation from others within the Authority.
  3. Finally if you wish to make submission of a complaint, this is where these should be directed: 03000 030610

Keepnet Ban

With the exception of official BDAC matches (see handbook) keepnets are banned on all fisheries until further notice, due to a KHV outbreak in Essex. Please ensure landing nets, stink bags, carp mats, weigh slings etc are dried in sunlight before bringing them to club waters.

Hicks Farm Baliffs

 Volunteer bailiffs needed, please contact Robin Driscoll 07732-695586.


Leaving gates open WILL lose Club waters, and anyone found leaving or entering fisheries without locking our gates WILL face serious disciplinary action from the Committee.


With 9 matches in the season, these matches are held at good venues and are very enjoyable, details of which will be shown on the fixture list in your 2018/19 handbook. Sadly in recent times the number of members attending these matches has dwindled and the Committee would like to advertise these events to all Female members to attend either at the Ladies Matches or with your Partner at the Mixed Pairs Matches.

To book a place at these Matches, details of which are all shown on the 2017/2018 fixture list in your handbook, or for any queries please call Nick Mitchell on 07970 606558

Attendance to these matches would be greatly appreciated and would help save the events from cancellation




Wednesday 19 June 2019 at Hicks Farm

Sunday 23 June 2019 at Southminster

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Thoby Wood

Saturday 29 June 2019 at Dodds Farm

Saturday 29 June 2019 at Dodds Farm