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All Eyes on the Bilsthorpe Fish Ponds Thanks to Housebuilder Donation

Posted on 12th July 2017 in General

Bilsthorpe Fisheries, a non-profit voluntary club which looks after natural wildlife ponds in Bilsthorpe, has been able to instalIMG_0642 - (left to right) Rippon Homes Site Manager Keith Richards and Mark Johnson from Bilsthorpe Fisheriesl CCTV cameras to help combat poaching thanks to local homebuilder Rippon Homes.

Formed about 15 years ago, Bilsthorpe Fisheries has worked hard to encourage flowers, fauna and wildlife to flourish by transforming muddy holes, which were left over by the former Bilsthorpe Colliery site, into ponds.

Members of Bilsthorpe Fisheries can access the ponds in order to fish however, because of six years of poaching, stocks have depleted and the club is trying to restore the aquatic life.

The new CCTV cameras will be used to monitor the ponds and have been partly funded by Rippon Homes who donated £750 to the project.

Mark Johnson from the Bilsthorpe Fisheries said: “For the past six years we have experienced poaching at the ponds which we work hard to maintain for the members of the club to use. The new CCTV cameras will enable us to keep a closer eye on the ponds. We are grateful for Rippon Homes’ support.”

Ian Dyke, Managing Director of Rippon Homes said: “Bilsthorpe Fisheries provides activities and areas of wildlife for the people of Bilsthorpe to enjoy. We are committed to supporting local communities wherever we build new homes, so it was only natural that we wanted to help out.”

The ponds are located near Rippon Homes’ new development of six bungalows called The Larches on Eakring Road.

Priced at £179,500, there is only one three bedroom bungalow left which includes fitted blinds and light fittings. The bungalow comes with a fully fitted kitchen and includes an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom. There is also the advantage of a single garage and attractive entrance porch.

For more information about the final bungalow available at The Larches, please call the Rippon Homes Head Office on 01623 659 000 or visit

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