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I have for a couple of months now had a wildlife camera that I am able to leave out 24/7. It has the software to be able to take HD quality night time photos and videos. I have attached the first few practice videos where I have managed to capture the animals that activated the camera. As you'll see I still need to practice as it's not easy getting the angle and height of the camera correct when it's strapped to trees.
The reason I bought this camera is that I was always wondering what was creeping around the woods and fields at night. I also had a lot of the fisherman would say they heard strange noises down in the woods at night. Well now we can all see what it is!
I will post more as I perfect the videoing and as more animals show themselves, but here are a few to look at, these are all night shots. The first is a deer, the second clip is for those of you that have never seen a Coypu, here is one going back to next doors lake but luckily we don't have many problems with them as the two dogs scare them off so they don't hang around very often! The last clip is a fox cub that seemed to like being filmed.
Well David Bailey started needing practice,
Winter Clear Up
We are now well into November and have started to get all the jobs done to keep the place looking nice but without spoiling the natural look. We are very keen to try and not disturb too much of the natural growth around the lake and woods as there is a host of wildlife that lives in it. The only real time we have to take more drastic action is when it may become a safety issue with our guests and of course us, and then we have to remove things that we would not normally touch.
A lot of our guests ask what we do in the winter as I think some believe it's a lake owners rest time and a chance for a holiday, but this is far from the truth for most of us and its normally the time for the real work to start. We have now been here for seven years in December and a lot of things are starting to look tired and some need replacing as even the lake needs attention some times, so to follow on from the previous blogs I wrote a couple of years ago about finding and opening this venue I will try and write about the projects and the maintenance we plan this winter before our first guests in March.
Every year the first thing we do after the last guest has been we get all the swims cleared and checked and a mental note of any repairs we may need to do before next season, and this year I noted that the logs I use for edging need replacing as they are starting to rot. This would be a fairly easy job except for the fact that with it being rock a few inches below the grass it's hard to get pegs in to support the logs and stop them moving, so this winter I want to try and get some metal pegs into the ground to make it safer and keep the edging more stable. Once all the swims are repaired and we are happy that they will be safe and any obstructions or snags cleared we will leave them until February when we will buy about 10 cubic metres of chipped bark to replenish the swims, we use this as its more natural and a lot better for walking on and not the noise as with gravel and helps to keep the anglers gear clean when it rains as no mud to walk or sit on. Also one advantage for the early visitors is the smell of pine from the chipped bark, is always nice for a couple of weeks.
This year we have decided to cut down to a more manageable height a lot of the trees around the lake as some are getting very big and cutting out the sun light to the grass paths but also the other plants. I would like to at this point thank a good friend who I went to school with(so both old) who came over for 10 days and helped me cut down most of the big trees and to clear away the debris, so a big thanks Kevan and hope your back has recovered. I have attached some photo's to show what we have done and those of you that have been here will see the difference, and hopefully see the work has also opened up the view across the fields.. Another reason for cutting back so hard was that a lot of the trees were hanging over the lake a long way and anglers were getting caught on them so this will hopefully stop a lot of that, and it will make the trees spread out lower down so still give the fish some shelter next summer. As those of you that have been here will know down at the narrow end I have planted a lot of lilies that were being slow to grow, now hopefully as we have let more sunlight onto the lake this will encourage the lilies to grow faster and again give the fish some shelter from the sun.
The next big job after a couple of frosts is to strim the whole lake bank which I do every year and I do it as it seems to help the natural flowers to grow and keep some of the nettles and mares tails under control, even weeds can look nice when they flower and the insects certainly appreciate them in the summer. That's just about all the main jobs around the lake I can think of at the moment but as and when we do anything else I will post a blog to tell you all.
Lesley has just had a trip back to the uk and while she was there chose some paint for the gite as it's going to get repainted from top to bottom, this will get it back looking clean and bright for next season. We are also going to replace anything that is getting worn out or looking tired and also look to see if there is anything we can add to make peoples holidays here more enjoyable, so if you have been here and think of something let us know.
Well that's all for now and we will add things as and when we do work, may we take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy Christmas and a great new year.
Lesley and John
Inflight at Bletiere
As part of our Inflight series, here is an aerial flight over Bletiere, designed to give you a real taster of the lake's layout and features.
Season End Clear Up
As the season comes to an end we have started the big clear up, but before I write what we plan to do, here are just a few highlights from this year's fishing.
We have had some great catches this year and a lot of pbs broken by our guests. Jack was here and broke the lake record with a 45lb 4oz mirror.
We also had Glen here late in the season, who had the best week ever here for a single angler with 55 carp for a total weight of over 1200lbs. His best day was 13 carp and he only fished days and not all the day as he had his wife Clare here and they had a few trips out.
Duncan came here for 4 weeks this year and a small fact he sent me was that over the weeks and again days only he caught a fish on average every 3.5 hours. To finish for now about the fishing I added up all the feedbacks that were done (so this is only an approximate numbers as some feedbacks were not completed) those that were showed the following numbers of fish caught;
Carp up to 20lbs - 207
Carp from 20 to 30lbs - 192
Carp from 30 to 40lbs - 99
Carp over 40lbs - 17
This gave us 38 anglers who caught 515 reported fish which is an average of 24.5 fish a week.
Back to the work now and we have started to clear up. Lesley has started to get the garden sorted, bulbs and plants put in and all the dead ones removed. We have unfortunately lost some of our fruit trees this year so need to replace some of those as well. We also plan to plant some trees in the big field and we hope to put in walnut and oak trees as these will give the wild life some food and places to live.
As far as the lake goes we have started to clear all the willow trees that are blocking the lake around the edges and we have cut them down to knee height, which will encourage them to grow low and over the lake to give some shelter to the fish.
This is the narrow end where the lilies are and hopefully now all the willow has gone it will allow more light to reach the lilies and help them grow quicker, we will carry on around the lake and clear all the willow. Once we have done this I will strim all the banks and then replenish the chip bark in all the swims ready for next season.
I have also now started the winter feeding and will carry on all winter and already the carp are getting on the feed and lots of fish showing over the fed areas, I will be adding whole maize as well this year as this helps to get that nice golden colour a lot of the fish have here. I have always fed the fish in winter and I believe it's the reason that the fish are in such good condition in the spring as they have fed all winter and don't go into the season needing to put weight on to recover.
We will again this winter post some videos of the work we are doing and anything else we feel may interest people.
Best wishes and tight lines,
Lesley and John
We have Duncan here this week for his 4th week this year and our last booked on; he was strangely also our first angler of the year. Considering the changeable weather he has had a good week with 31 fish out up to this one at 39lb.
With october ususally a good month for weather its suprising we have no more anglers booked in but at least it gives us a chance to get started on the lake clear up and who knows I may even get the rods out for a few hours,
John and Lelsey