Fishing permits on sale now for Doxey Marshes

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Fishing fans are being invited to buy a pass to fish at a Stafford nature reserve and raise cash for conservation at the same time.

A limited number of fishing permits for Doxey Marshes will be available to purchase direct from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Permits for the 2016-17 fishing season run from June 16th 2016 and expire on March 15th 2017. They cost £15 for all adults, including OAPs and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants are reminded they still need a valid Environment Agency rod licence in addition to the Doxey Marshes permit, and that the reserve is regularly patrolled by fishing bailiffs.

Land Management Team Co-Ordinator, Jeff Sim, said: “Staffordshire Wildlife Trust manages the site and maintains a closed season to protect the fish from disturbance during the breeding season.

“This is very important as the site is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is not stocked to replenish fish numbers. Numbers of permits are regulated by the Government conservation body Natural England and the Environment Agency.”

To purchase a fishing permit for Doxey Marshes head to http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/shop/catalog/fishing-permit