Calling all budding sailors and fishermen to estate open day - The Bromsgrove Standard

Calling all budding sailors and fishermen to estate open day

Bromsgrove Editorial 10th May, 2024   0

AN OPEN DAY will be held between 11am and 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) around the Bittell Estate and Barnt Green Waters which incorporates fishing and sailing groups and associate sporting groups.

The event has been organised by the Friends of Bittell and will provide people with the chance to check out the facilities and have a go at sailing, subject to the weather conditions.

Walking tours of the estate – a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – will also be on offer.

The Bittell Estate is home to a Fishing and Sailing Club, and a variety of other outdoor activities including paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking.

Friends of Bittell members also show a keen interest in the natural history of the area.

The company owns the ‘Boathouse’ venue which, overlooking Upper Bittell, houses a large meeting room, changing facilities, a kitchen and bar.

The Estate has an exceptional range of varied opportunities to improve the local community’s mental health and wellbeing through sport, opportunities to volunteer, socialise with other members

and to help and encourage each other.

The fishing club was established in 1888 and provides a wide range of fishing opportunities in an attractive and peaceful environment covering five stretches of water.

Three of these are reserved for fly fishing and the largest reservoir, Upper Bittell, is a coarse fishery, as is the Lower Arrow pool.

Membership of the sailing club is open to all.

The centre is an RYA Training establishment, providing junior training courses from the age of seven, along with adult courses.

Anyone interested in natural history and the countryside can join the Friends of Bittell, gaining access to the estate. This includes a well-established Birdwatching group.

The reservoirs are home to a range of wading birds and are a stopping off point for many species of migrating birds.

There are try-out sessions and introduction courses to paddleboarding and the Brmingham, Running and Triathlon Club organises open water swimming at Upper Bittell for their members from May to September, to help them train for competitive swimming events.

Everyone is welcome to tomorrow’s event.

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