Flowing as it does, through meadows with hedge rows and woodland, BODSAA waters are surrounded by wildlife. In the water, on the water, on land and in the air anglers and walkers are surrounded by flora and fauna.

Local Wildlife

As described in the fishing section, many species of fish can be seen in the water, especially from the high banks and the bridge in the village. Together with the fish are a wide variety of insects, including olives, damsels, dragonfly, Mayfly, sedges and many more.

Besides the fish, many birds feast on these flies, including gray and pied wagtails, swallows, swifts and martins. Most of these birds nest near the water, including large numbers of martins that make their homes in holes in the high clay banks on beat 1.

Many other species of birds live and nest in the hedge rows of the fields and the lanes that provide access to our waters. Gold crest, wrens, tits, etc, all shelter in the hedges, while larger birds such as blackbirds and other thrushes feed nearby. The open fields play host to many other birds and the croak of the pheasant can usually be heard even if the bird cannot be seen.

The trees along the riverbank provide feed for woodpeckers and fishing perches for the many kingfisher that nest along our banks although a flash of electric blue is sometimes all that is seen. The angler, still as he often is, frequently gets a much better view. Some of the shallower water at the mud flats on beat 1 often proves to be a favourable fishing haunt for the kingfisher, perching as he does in a branch over the water.

Birds of prey also abound, with Buzzards circling overhead, kestrel hovering over open ground and sparrow hawks hunting down the hedge rows.

Various water fowl also live or winter on our waters. Besides many other swans, a pair have been nesting and successfully rearing young on the graig island for many years and often ward off anglers who stray too near.

In the lanes and along the hedges, rabbits and gray squirrels abound. In the open fields, hares are often seen. Early morning and late evening fishers regularly see foxes and the lucky few see badgers. At this time otters are occasionally seen though you are more likely to spot groups of mink hunting along the banks for mice, voles and small birds or diving in the margins for small fish.

The river, bank side and hedges also provides a wide variety of plant life from water weeds and marginal plants to large trees.

In late spring and early summer, the hawthorn hedges are a riot of colour and attract many insects.

In late spring and early summer the meadows can also be filled with the colour of wild flowers