George Mackintosh receiving Pestiduous Award from The River Restoration Centre 2018 River Champion
George was put forward for the award by Alison Baker and team at The River Forth Fisheries Trust; he later said: "thank you all;. It was a nation wide award which I was very pleased to accept".
Slamannan A.C. Club was started by a small group of local anglers in 1933 and has been in existence from then throughout the war years. They have fished the upper reaches of the River Avon. Industries such as paper mills and open cast mining have taken their toll on the river and its wildlife.
In 1976, the Avon was dug out and canalised. Gravel beds were removed, boulders taken out, bends were filled in and the river course was straightened out. Pools were none-existent. This almost destroyed the habitat for fish, birds, invertebrate, water voles and otters.
Could all members keep an eye out for poachers on the Avon they are bragging about catching Salmon on their face book and posting pictures of Brown trout which are out of season we think it is happening above and below the Aqueduct in Muiravonside country park if you see anything suspicious then call warranted bailiff David Graham on 07823448917 or me George Mackintosh on 01324715735 remember anyone fishing on a Sunday is fishing illegally.
George Mackintosh Secretary Slamannan Angling & Protective Association
Great News!!! We have secured BIFFA Award funding for £21,910 which will allow us to continue with phase 4 of the River Avon Habitat Improvement Project.
A big Thank You to all BIFFA- Award staff who made this possible.
We would also like to announce that we have secured matched funding of £21,910 from Falkirk Enviromental Trust who have supported us throughout all the previous phases
Please fill out the attached form and return to the Secretary.