NewsThom AirsWingham, Kent

Huge fencing project protects home of UK's biggest-ever carp

NewsThom AirsWingham, Kent
Huge fencing project protects home of UK's biggest-ever carp

Otter fencing totalling more than two miles has been erected to protect the home of Britain’s biggest-ever carp.

Wingham in Kent, which last week produced a spawnbound 83lb 4oz mirror, now has fences around its two lakes.

There are a total of nine different 50lb-plus fish on the site – seven in the Carp Lake and two in the Main Lake.

 Steve Burke and his otter fence

Steve Burke and his otter fence

The lakes are separated by a stream meaning both had to be fenced individually. Part of the cost was covered by a grant from the Angling Improvement Fund, which is administered by the Angling Trust on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Venue boss Steve Burke said:  "It's only a matter of time before otters arrive everywhere, and with the size of the lakes and the terrain we couldn't have put up fencing quickly. 

“In the meantime we could have lost some historic fish.  It was therefore essential to act before otters returned to this area of Kent.

“Having spent over 20 years creating something beyond my wildest dreams I couldn't stand by and allow it to be destroyed in perhaps as many weeks. 

“It's been a massive cost, but having already sacrificed so much in the past it was clearly the right thing to do to protect Wingham for future generations."