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Wyvern Marine Region (Devon)

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Jo Hyde, Alex Parker and Dean Asplin display the new Wyvern Region banner

Dates for your diary

Presentation Evening on Saturday, January 27th, 2018: Wyvern presentation evening at the Royal British Legion in Alphington, Exeter. Start at 8pm, everyone is welcome.

Wyvern Open at Slapton Sands, February 4th, 2018 (see poster on the right)

More details on any of the above from Mike Spiller on 01404 43397.

Read the results of the Wyvern Region of the Angling Trust and the Plymouth Federation of Sea Angling Clubs Junior Angling Festival from 6 August 2015 on our Facebook page HERE.

About the Wyvern Region

The Wyvern Division was the first regional committee to be established in 1964 by the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA) to promote and deal with local sea angling issues . The West-country members of the NFSA Standing Committee; Ron Marles, Brixham SAC; Derek Hales, Teignmouth Sea Angling Society, along with representatives of the clubs within the area became the first committee.

The divisional boundaries were drawn up and the name was taken from the old military area as was its neighbouring Division to the east, Wessex. Wyvern quickly became established and over the next 20 years developed into one of the top divisions, a position it holds to this day. At its heyday there were over 100 clubs in membership and the successfully run Festivals and Competitions enabled the Division to be self-financing and thus enable the division to be very effective within its area.

In 2009, following the requirements of Sport England for funding, the three disciplines of angling came together and the NFSA became the marine arm of the Angling Trust (AT) which was established as the governing body of all angling in England. The name division was dropped to become became a region of the AT Marine Group and its officers continue to represent its interests on competitions and fisheries matters.

The Region has always played its part by representing sea anglers interests whenever it can, and has been represented on the Devon Sea Fisheries Committee now replaced by the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) for many years.

It continues to organise annual Senior and Junior Shore Festivals along with the National two day Small Boat Festival at Salcombe, (the Friendly Festival) The monthly Fish of the Month Competition and the annual Junior Dennis Smith Trophy and senior Castle Trophy Shield, which donates a sum each year to the charity of the winners choice, are both awarded for the best specimen fish registered within the year.

However there is a saying, “to stand still is to go backwards,” and to maintain our work we always need new, fresh ideas and the committee welcome new people who have an interest in the future of sea angling. They must be prepared to give up five evenings a year to attend the committee meetings to help shape the future and deal with any issue that is identified as being a benefit or threat to recreational sea angling.

Come join us

Therefore, a plea from our chairman Alex Parker, who cordially invites Angling Trust Members or Club representatives to join us at our meeting venue at the Royal British Legion in Aplhington, Exeter on the second Wednesday of the months of January, April, July and October, or, at the very least the Annual General Meeting in November of each year.

Finally sea angling is about enjoying its pleasures, we are the eyes and ears of the marine environment and it is up to us to make sure that future generations can continue to share those pleasures.

Committee Meeting at Paignton Clubhouse, October, 2017

Minutes from the Wyvern October meeting

Wyvern Conservation Report

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Quarterly meeting at Plymouth, April 2017

The Angling Trust Wyvern Region held its quarterly meeting at Plymouth and was pleased with the attendance of 24 from around the area. The region is planning at least two meetings a year at various locations in the catchment area.

Officers and Committee 2015

  • President: Barry Nockolds
  • Chairman: Alex Parker 01752 666706
  • Vice Chairman: Kevin Tapper 0780 3081941
  • Hon. Secretary: Mike Spiller 01404 43397
  • Hon. Treasurer: David Rowe 01626 833058
  • Fish Recorder: Paul Cottell 01803 873428
  • Minute Clerk: Mrs Beverley Spiller 01404 43397
  • Press Officer: Mike Spiller 01404 43397
  • Social Events: Mrs Jan Parker 01752 666706
  • Trophies: Alex Parker (Festivals & Competition Group) 01752 666706
  • AT Marine Delegate: (Development & Competitions) Kevin Tapper 0780 3081941
  • AT Marine Delegate: (Fisheries and Access) David Rowe 01626 833058

General Committee

  • Mrs Shelia Andrews - Roving Rods SAC, Plymouth.
  • Gary Andrew - Roving Rods SAC, Plymouth.
  • Peter Hutchin - Paignton SAA.
  • Phil Hyde - Angling Trust Member and AT Coach.
  • Stuart Withyman - Honiton SAC.

 Honary Member: Mrs Jo Hyde - Chairman Angling Trust Marine Committee.

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