The Barbel Society is spearheading a national survey of barbel spawning sites on UK rivers.
The purpose of the survey is to gather data on the dates and times of barbel spawning activity, and to build a central national register of barbel spawning sites in order to improve our understanding of barbel recruitment factors, as well as to enable better protection of those sites. The survey will continue in the long term, and provide data to indicate any patterns or changes in spawning behaviour.
Historical and anecdotal information is also valuable, as long as a reliable estimate of date can be supplied.

Your contact details; name/ tel/ address (CONFIDENTIAL)
Name of river
Name of stretch/nearest town Brief description of site; eg 100 metres upstream of weir, left bank Grid reference Controlling club/riparian owner
River conditions, high/low/clear/coloured etc.
Sizes and numbers of fish observed
Duration of activity
Any other comments

Angling clubs, riparian owners and individual anglers are invited to contribute to the survey. Anglers should ensure they have permission from controlling clubs/landowners to be present on the river bank.
The information received will remain confidential to the BS and EA, especially specific locations, but the general conclusions will eventually be shared as much as possible. Please ensure your observations of spawning fish do not disturb them in anyway.
This form is available on-line to complete at

Barbel Society: Wiltshire Region North Swindon Working Mens Club 104 Cheney Manor Road Swindon SN2 2NR
Thursday 3rd May 2012
Guest speaker: Kenny Parsons “Tales of a specialist angler, it’s not about the destination but the journey”
Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start,for more information contact Des Richardson on 07525 974132

The Barbel Society will be at Stapeley Angling Centre London Road Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7LH Saturday 19th May from 9am
Come along and meet some of the team and talk barbel with friends
Free raffle to win a 2 day trip including B&B on the River Wye Herefordshire staying a night at the Red Lion Hotel Bredwardine

Barbel Society: Lancashire Region Bredbury Conservative Club George Lane Bredbury Stockport SK6 1DH
Wednesday 23rd May 7:30pm
An evening with Chris Ponsford (the Pons)
Angling writer, Midlands specimen angler of the year, photographer,barbel specialist
Come and see what is probably the most off the cuff talk on the circuit, guaranteed to be a night of mayhem.
In attendance: Fisky’s Fantastic Feeders Tony Kay Custom Rods Food will be available and as usual a raffle with many good prizes NON MEMBERS £2