Hammonds Pond in Lightwater Country Park is a crucial part of the flood mitigation network for the M3.
It is essential that we maintain the pond so that it can hold the amount of water that comes off the M3 during heavy rainfall. This involves removing the build-up of silt within the pond, and making repairs to and maintaining the areas around the banks. Hammonds Pond houses a variety of aquatic life, so for these works to be undertaken we are draining the pond and temporarily rehoming the fish in the adjacent ‘middle pond’ for the period of the works.
During this process - which is being carried out by trained professionals, and does not negatively affect the fish - it’s been really interesting to see the sheer size and variety of fish in the pond, including carp, roach, pike, bream, rudd, gudgeon, Crucian carp, perch and tench.
Once the pond has been cleaned out, it will be allowed to naturally re-fill. Once the pond is suitably full the fish will be returned to the pond. In the meantime, repairs and improvements will be made to the swims, ready for visitors to enjoy fishing the pond once it is re-opened.
Further updates and details will be posted on this page, and on the noticeboard outside the Lightwater Country Park café.
Day fishing information
Day ticket fishing is available at Lightwater Country Park during the fishing season - this will restart in 2018. A valid Environment Agency rod licence is required. Hammonds Pond offers mixed course fishing so is an ideal place for pleasure angling. Day fishing will be offered from dawn to dusk. There are 10 swims available on the pond, tickets for which must be purchased from the Lightwater Country Park (LCP) café during opening hours (10am – 4pm). For those that have arrived at dawn and are already set-up, permits can be bought over the phone (01276 452155 – during café opening hours) by credit card if anglers do not wish to leave their tackle.
The cost to fish at LCP is:
One rod Two rods
Adult £6 £8
Child £3 £5
OAP concessionary rate £3 £5
(Mon – Fri only)
Event/Competition Hire £70 Day Rate
For any enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01276 707100 for more information