This is the web site for river Bain conservation work.

As time allows the new site will be built on here with pages for pictures of the river, for conservation articles, for images of invertebrates and links to many very important sites and contacts relating to water conservation. The main objective is to bring to attention the dire problems we have with rivers in England. However you will also find a bit of info about me, my hobbys my livlihood and my fishing.

Mayfly

I've divided the site into fairly logical chunks, like fly fishing and fly tying with sub menu's; some pages are quite long with several images (fly tying) so be prepared.

THERE BE DRAGONS! This fellow on the left is what it is all about - not just him, but him and others of his ilk living in our rivers and revealing the health and well being of the water, the quality of the water and the progression upwards in the animal kingdom to the fish.

This is a mayfly larva - the larva of Ephemera danica, the largest and most beautiful of the upwinged flies found on chalk streams in the UK. This one is from the river Bain just to the north of Horncastle. Often called the Green Drake from the apperance of the adult during the latter half of May and early June when it hatches in huge numbers (we hope) and is a major source of food in both it's larval and adult stages.

emerging large dark olive

The image above is of a large dark olive dun (Baetis Rhodani, sub imago) immediately after emerging from the larval stage, this image was captured by pure luck during a routine sampling of the river Bain.

We also encounter other inhabitants, denizens of the deep, Ha! well, invaders from the USA - the American or Signal Crayfish. Most of the waters in Lincolnshire now have thriving colonies of signal crayfish. The one shown was a pretty determined little crayfish, he was attempting to climb a weir, travelling upstream but he kept getting washed down with the flow of water. He made it on about the 5th attempt. But we then heard a story about a crayfish that spent and entire week climbing a vertical wall of a weir before finally succeeding.

adult crayfish climbing Horncastle weir.