London and South East


Perhaps the most consistently successful branch the London & SE members have built up an enviable reputation for their mix of technical and social programmes from early morning visits to Billingsgate Fish Market to the annual late night sherry evening at Fishmongers Hall.

Officers and contact details

Chair: Brian Knights
Secretary: Steve Colclough
Treasurer: Matthew Robson
Mike Chadwick (Meetings Secretary) (

2019 AGM and Chairmans Report 


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Previous events

Student talks

University of London Postgraduate students gave presentations of their student research projects on November 1st. Below are some of the photos from the evening.


Trip to ZSL aquarium.

On Thursday 13th July the ZSL Chief Curator Brian Zimmerman  gave a summary of the history of the famous building to 20 members of the branch. Constructed in 1924 at a cost of £55000, it was the largest aquarium in Britain with over 300 different species and 3000 specimens on exhibition. He outlined the layout of the Tropical, Seawater and Freshwater Halls and the equipment which keeps the 100,000 gallons of fresh and seawater in circulation through the hundred exhibition tanks.

After passing through the different halls with their spectacular inhabitants, Brian took the party for an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the aquarium facilities. We were shown the somewhat archaic infrastructure of past and present exhibition tanks, given a lecture on the sophisticated types of filtration systems employed, the complex monitoring and feeding regimes, and taken through the food storage and preparation areas which included live specimens such as mealworms and locusts.

Of particular interest was the Zoo’s pioneering work on seahorse conservation and we were delighted to see the rearing tanks with the latest crop of juvenile seahorses.

Brian finished the tour by telling us some of the Zoo’s plans for the future. Funding and sponsorship are not easy to obtain as the aquarium is in direct competition with a whole host of more ‘furry or cuddly’ animals, such as tigers or penguins. Nevertheless construction is going ahead on an exciting new project – an 18m long display tank which will feature the ecology of a coral reef with a whole range of fish and other reef denizens.

The evening concluded with a most welcome glass of wine with nibbles and we made our way out and dispersed through the leafy glades of Regents Park.







The Institute of Fisheries Management London Branch hosted a successful ‘Stillwater Management Workshop’ on 25th March 2017. The workshop was led by representatives from the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Angling Trust and IFM, and was hosted at Thames Waters excellent facilities at Walthamstow Reservoirs.

For more information on the event please click here












Jack Perks talking about his photography work.

IFM Mahseer Pinder slides Dec15 – Adrian Pinders slides on the Mahseer Trust presentation.

Sherry Evening 2014

This annual and legendary event was back in its traditional home of the Fishmongers Hall on the banks of the Thames.  There were over 60 people in attendance this year and they were treated to some fine wines and food whilst they socialised in the library of the hall. Following the socialising there were a couple of excellent talks from Dominic Martyn of the Environment Agency and Toni Scar from the Department of Energy & Climate Change on river and wetland restoration on a local and international scale.

Stillwater Workshop 2016

Nearly 30 people from angling clubs throughout the southeast attended our Stillwater Workshop in September, ably organised by Rob Pearson and sponsored by the Environment Agency. Like our previous workshops, it was designed to provide information and practical advice for angling clubs and fishery owners to help them improve and maintain their stillwater fisheries. The venue, Chilham Mill in Kent, proved ideal for talks, discussion sessions and outdoor demonstrations. Many thanks are due to Chris Logsden and Mid-Kent Fisheries staff for all their help.

Some pictures from the event can be found below.