Lines On The Water

Love Fishing, Love Nature. What we’ve seen and what we do

With spring well underway, Love Fishing Love Nature is reminiscing on its first year. Since its launch in July 2022, the campaign has seen and promoted first-hand the positive outcome of having anglers as the stewards of the waterways and raising the profile of the clubs and individuals who are driving change.

The over-arching goal of Love Fishing Love Nature is to share the simple beauty of enjoying the presence of other species while out fishing and to promote angler-led conservation success stories. So, as much as we’re looking to the future and what we want to achieve in the coming year, we also want to reminisce a little about what’s happened so far – and replay some of the best bits!

The Colne Valley:

Our opening story set the standard for collaboration with unlikely partners.

In connecting over common ground, the Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust worked together on the ‘Pioneer A Fishery and wetland management’ scheme

Not only did the fishery managers leave with new skills. But also new partnerships to facilitate the upkeep of their fisheries and give a helping hand to the well-loved but rarely seen water vole.

If you haven’t already, check out our film on the Colne Valley story.


We travelled down to the South West and into the sea to promote Spurwatch; an organisation dedicated to bridging the gap between scientists and anglers through mutual interest in understanding and protecting the spurdog.

This project isn’t just restricted to the south as anglers from all over the UK are invited to submit records and participate – and many already have! If you want to know more about it, our film can be found below:

Salty success stories are something we would love to share more on, so if you are involved with any or are aware of them please do reach out to us at Love Fishing Love Nature. The details are below.

The North and the Nidd:

In the North; we’ve already stopped off to showcase the habitat improvement and young angler engagement at Brooms Cross Fishery in Liverpool and we’re due to venture into Yorkshire and are excited to share the fish from their labour very soon! Elsewhere, we’re connected with Holbury, Redbridge Lakes and Furnace Brook, all of whom have taken an holistic approach to fishing at their lakes.

Furnace Brook

We’re not stopping there, Love Fishing Love Nature has been working in the background on new opportunities that will facilitate anglers to be further involved in such projects both in the fresh and saltwater environment. We’re excited to share how Love Fishing Love Nature can continue to serve our community and the surrounding nature we enjoy our sport in. Perhaps we’ll see you at a project somewhere soon or hear about your own activities that prove what is surely an undeniable truth…..

‘Love Fishing, Love Nature.’

Do you #LoveFishingLoveNature?  We want to share your pictures with the story behind them. Whether your love is coarse, carp, fly, lure or sea fishing, capture that special moment with nature in pictures and video, to show us why you love fishing and nature so much.

We also want to hear about how you, your club or your fishery are making a real difference to the environment, too. Maybe you are restoring habitats, constructing bird and bat boxes, helping to protect delicate marine ecosystems, or improving breeding conditions for endangered species – whatever it is, we want to hear about your project.

Please send your Love Fishing Love Nature stories and pictures to the Trust’s Environment Manager, Emily Smith via email: [email protected]

If you require further information please contact Emily at: [email protected]

If you share your pictures on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtag #LoveFishingLoveNature and tag the Angling Trust.

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