The Green Heart of Poringland


Crucian Survey Delayed – posted 11 April 2020

Plans to survey the crucian conservation pond later this month have been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In April 2018, 50 crucians were introduced to the pond in the hope that they would breed and eventually provide sufficient mature fish to transfer to the main lakes and, at the same time, encourage conservation of the species.

Early indications suggest that the programme has been a success but this can only be confirmed once a scientific survey has been made.

It was intended that one of the country’s leading authorities on crucian carp, Dr Carl Sayer from University College, London, together with a team from the Norfolk Crucian Carp Project should net the pond in April and report their findings.

However the planned netting has now been put back to October in the hope that the present pandemic will have passed.

Simply Crucians

Following representations from the angling community, the trustees have agreed that the crucian carp conservation pond be retained exclusively for that species and that no additional fish (ie roach and tench) be introduced.  The pond will remain as a crucian stock pond and fishing will be prohibited. 

As the stock grows and multiplies, it is envisaged small numbers will be netted and introduced into the fishing lakes. 

The project will continue to be managed under the guidance of Dr Carl Sayer from the University of London.        

The pond is also a haven for damselflies and dragonflies.  Of the 40 or so species found in Britain, over 20 have been seen at the lakes, including the relatively rare Norfolk Hawker.

Crucian Conservation Boost

Poringland Lakes crucian carp conservation project has taken a giant step forward after officials took delivery of 50 pure crucian carp.

The programme is promoted by the highly acclaimed Norfolk Crucian Carp Project.  The primary objectives are to promote the conservation of the species and its habitat and encourage the development of well managed crucian fisheries.

The resulting benefits will include: improved understanding and protection of ‘wild’ or ‘pure’ crucian stocks, habitat restoration, creation of community waters, more angling opportunities, increased resources for young anglers and better sharing of information on lake and pond conservation.

Under the watchful eye of one of the country’s leading authorities on crucian carp, Dr Carl Sayer from University College, London, every crucian was individually identified.  Scales and DNA samples were taken from each fish and recorded on computer.

Although the fish are relatively small, each one is mature enough to breed and is expected to spawn in the coming weeks.  In due course, it is hoped the conservation project will see several hundred crucians develop and grow.  

Dr Sayer will visit the lakes on a regular basis taking scale samples to ensure the ethnicity is being maintained and see how the breeding programme is progessing.

In the meantime, the crucians’ lake has been taped off to allow the best possible recruitment.  In due course it is planned to introduce some quality rudd and tench and open the lake for leisure fishing.

Leading Authority Advises on Conservation Project 

One of the country’s leading authorities on crucian carp is advising Poringland Lakes on its exciting crucian carp conservation programme. 

Dr Carl Sayer from University College, London has researched the decline of the crucian habitat and is an acknowledged expert on the species. 

Dr Sayer and head bailiff Ray Noble have been in regular contact and have agreed an outline plan for stocking the newly restored pond. 

“We plan to stock the pond with crucians in March 2018” explained Ray.          

“Once the fish have spawned, we will then introduce some quality rudd and tench to ensure the integrity and strain of crucians in maintained.  The pond will then be available for fishing next summer” said Ray.