Very talkative!

In order to spread the word of the Gospel of CATCH, we provide talks to a broad spectrum of organisations on a fairly regular basis. We’ve spoken to the Women’s Institute, Historical Societies, Cub scouts, Gardeners Clubs, and The Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Last week, CATCH went on tour again and travelled across to Portishead to present to the South West area of The Hawk & Owl Trust on Monday, and then Wincanton Women’s Institute on Wednesday afternoon.

The talk lasts about an hour and a half and hopefully leaves the participants with a fuller understanding of our group, the reasons … ...read the rest


Wild Trout about…..

We often get asked how we continue to make a success of CATCH. We like to err on the side of modesty and attribute our success to others, but in the cold light of day, without the hard working Committee members, and diverse support network we would certainly struggle!

One of our biggest supporters to date are the Wild Trout Trust. They are a huge influence on our river decisions and actions, and recently they have released a booklet that gives their take on how to create, and operate a volunteer based river group, such as CATCH.

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The Countryman

If you haven’t already bought the November issue of the magazine ‘The Countryman’ then you should. This month there is a feature on CATCH that gives an account of the roots, development and progress of our Wincanton based river group.

It’s a must read for those of you who want know what we’ve been up to in the last 7 years since our conception.

The magazine isn’t just about CATCH, it has some great features inside, and despite being a well circulated magazine, I hadn’t read it before. I will in future!

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River & Wildlife day success

After many months in the planning, the CATCH crew can finally relax after an extremely successful day of hosting a River & Wildlife day at the local recreation ground. The weather started wet but soon cheered up and enabled us to have a fantastic time!

With the support of so many individuals giving up their time to stand by CATCH and support us so magnificently on the day, and they were:

  • Pitcombe Falconry
  • Chris Sperring MBE (walking nature classrooms).
  • Theo Pike – The Wild Trout Trust
  • The Environment Agency – Catchment demonstration
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust
  • The Bootmakers (of Wincanton) –
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River & Wildlife day – 22nd September……’World Rivers Day’! – Come and join us for this FREE event.

Sunday 22nd September 2019 – C.A.T.C.H. River and Wildlife Day from 10am until 2pm at Wincanton Recreation Ground. Please see below:

As part of the celebration of ‘World Rivers Day’, at the end of September, Wincanton voluntary river group C.A.T.C.H. are excited to announce that they will be hosting a River and Wildlife Day at Wincanton Recreation Ground on Sunday 22nd September 2019 from 10am until 2pm. The aim of the day is fundamentally to bring people together to learn more about what lives and grows in and around the River Cale and the work of C.A.T.C.H. On hand will … ...read the rest


Calendar contributions….

‘Jackdap’, sincerely hope you see this post, Wincanton Postie who, over the past year or so has captured some amazing wildlife photos from the Wincanton and Cucklington area on his round. First off, your photos are amazing, secondly, thank you so much for your donation of a significant amount of calendars featuring your work to C.A.T.C.H. to help raise funds for the group and thirdly, what an inspiration, pretty sure everyone who sees this will be amazed at your talent and kindness, this will be a massive help in raising awareness of not only C.A.T.C.H.’s work but also what lies … ...read the rest


September Kick Sample

Kick sampling – a new month, a new season and as the year changes so do the ‘finds’, from each sample. Plenty of Cranefly larvae to be found. As the knowledge of the group grows so do the identification skills, Janice and Baz were pretty amazing today.

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Balsam Bash – upstream….there’s a first!

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Auchres ( Hawkers) Bridge

This evening was a lot of fun, and bit by bit we turn our little part of the town into a more attractive and interesting place to be. The support we get from the town is sometimes overwhelming and please remember that if you fancy getting involved, we don’t bite!

The sign that was replaced tonight was donated by CATCH to the town from funds raised from sources such as the Environment Agency, The Wild Trout Trust, the Town Council, and not forgetting jumble sales. Pub quiz donations, and even people’s wages from working at Glastonbury all form part of … ...read the rest


Himalayan Balsam Bash

Fancy an early evening walk upstream of Shatterwell Chutes to pull Himalyan Balsam?

This is a treat for anyone interested in the River Cale as it will allow a rare glimpse of the river above Shatterwell Chutes towards the source at Pensellwood.

Contact Matt Bishop on 07713 998973 if you fancy joining in – 7pm till 9:30pm – Please note this task requires negotiation of uneven ground and potential river entry.… ...read the rest