Planning permission was put in during 2010 for another lake and stock pond to be added to the complex. In April 2011 work began on digging the next lake on site, known today as “Birch”. The digging work took approximately 2 months to complete with a further month waiting for the lake to fill up with water. At this point Birch extended to about 4.5/5 acres. Birch was originally stocked with 80 fish in 2011/12 and these were hand picked from over 1500 fish on-site spread across the two stock ponds and Willow and ranged in size from 10lb up to 30lb and averaged around 21lb. In their new home these fish have not looked back, with the average size of the fish getting to around 26lb by the end of 2012 and a total of 12 fish breaking through the 30lb barrier in the first year!
Birch was extended to around 8 acres in Autumn 2012 before the whole site was otter fenced the following Autumn 2013 with a state of the art otter fence. Now that the site is protected from otter predation and the stock in each lake such that there is plenty of room for good growth the future bodes well! The fish in Birch have done phenomenally well over the past 7 years. To give you an idea of the growth rates “Big Common” was moved across to Birch at 26lb and has topped 51lb+; “Pitchers fish” was moved across at 23lb and has topped 51lb+; “Power’s” was moved across at 24lb and has topped 45lb+; “Snowy’s” was moved across at 22lb and has topped 44lb+; “Big Paul’s” was moved across at 28lb and has topped 52lb+ and “Shoulders” was moved across at 22lb and has topped 44lb+.