- HISTORY OF THE SITE
- 1992 to 1996
- 1996 to 1999
- 2000 to 2006
- 2007 to 2011
- 2013 to 2015
- 2019 onward
HISTORY OF THE SITE
•Farming until the early 1950’s.•Gravel extraction works during the mid 60’s to late 70’s.•From early 80’s onwards plantation and conservation works to create the basic lakes and surroundings – Cooper Heyman Cup won in 1997 for excellence in restoration and conservation.•1986 until 1992 managed by Larry Fitzgerald.•1992 until 2003 managed by Bob Birkin.•2003 – present – Managed by Sally Hughes
1992 - 1996
- Wyre, Sunnyside and River lakes are already established and stocked – Wyre becomes a membership water (previously syndicated). •Sunnyside lake is drained –with the carp placed into Banton's lake and the coarse placed into Fox’s lake. Sunnyside lake then becomes a trout water, initial stock introduced 3,000 – investment by the Duchy. •Banton's, Sunnyside and Fox's lakes are landscaped and planted up. Banton's lake is added to the membership waters
1996 - 1999
- Quarry and Wharf lakes are added to the Wyreside portfolio and the lakes are drained and altered to become a match lake and stock pond.
- Quarry lake is stocked by taking all the small carp from each of the other lakes on the complex and Wharf lake is separately stocked.
2000 - 2006
•Sunnyside lake is split into 2 separate waters – Sunnyside 1 and Sunnyside 2. A walkway (bund) is created splitting the water into two, by adding infill from the old gas works in Lancaster capped off with clay and soil and then seeded to create the walkway – then plantation was added. S/1 became the a carp and pike water and S/2 remained as the trout water. •Due to the high demand for carp fishing in the Northwest and the increase of trout waters in the surrounding area – S/2 was changed to a carp water with £15,000 of carp stock added.
2007 - 2011
Quarry lake is closed after decisions based on fish mortality and security issues. The lake is drained and stock removed into Sunnyside 1 and River lakes. The lake is removed from the Wyreside portfolio.
2013 - 2015
10 x mid doubles are added to S1 stock. The back bank of Fox's lake is re -landscaped creating flatter /wider swims and extra parking for easy access and match purposes. 600 3-5lb carp are added and over 1500lbs of roach, tench and perch are moved from Wyre, S1 and S2 into Foxes'. Over £12000 worth of new stock between 12-15lbs was added in November 2015 to Sunnyside 1, Sunnyside 2 and Wyre Lake
River lake has become our mixed coarse water - a smaller more intimate lake which is ideal for pleasure fishing with carp upto 17lbs and specimen tench and bream. There is also roach, ide, chubb and barbel in this water.
In February and March we intend to do some refurbisments in the bar & restaurant and also move the reception and shop over to the new build that was completed in 2018. Also in February the predation fencing will begin - the pathway was already cleared in winter of 2018 and the project is nearly 2 miles long! There will be access and pedestrian gates around the park and also CCTV survelance for your complete security and peace of mind.
Also in February there will be 20 new fish stocked into Wyre lake between 23lbs and 30lbs.
In June we have a brand new festival 'The Gin and Beer Festival' with entertainment and specialist drinks - and we also have car boots and dog shows this year - Lets hope that the summer is as good as 2018 :)
Its definitely going to be an busy one for the team but as always over the last 26 years we continue to rise to the challenge to ensure that Wyreside remains one of the premier fisheries and campsites in the Northwest!