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Fishing Permit

Fishing Permits 2016-2017

Fishing permits are available for fishing at Hatch Pond and Alder Hills local Nature Reserves during the season that lasts from 16 June to 14 March the following year.

Fishing is not permitted during the close season of 15 March to 15 June inclusive.

Applications for permits will be accepted from 1 May 2016.  Please do not send in applications before this time as they will not be processed.

Both lakes are known to be "hard to fish" and due to the sites designations will not be restocked.

Both sites have separate permit systems so the Hatch Pond permit does not cover you for Alder Hills and vice versa.

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Day permits – 8:00 am until half an hour before sunset

Day/Night permits – 24 hours

The permit fee for each lake is as follows:










Disabled, ATL&L, Senior (Pensionable Age)



Under 16’s


Not Available

*ATL&L Group

(A group can consist of a leader & a max of 4 group members)


Not Available


*ATL&L = Access to Leisure & Learning and is only applicable for BH postcode residents.  For more information and to see if you qualify for ATL&L please visit the ATL&L webpage or telephone 01202 261306.

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Hatch Pond - Hatch Pond Road

Hatch Pond is now a 10 acre balancing pond situated within the Nuffield Industrial Estate, originally dug in the 19th century to supply water to the Waterloo Iron and Brass Foundry.

This site is particularly ecologically diverse for such a small area and is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNC).  As such this sanctuary is primarily managed for its wildlife.

A limited number of fishing permits are available

Up to 35 per annum for day fishing

Up to 25 for day/night fishing

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Alder Hills – Sharp Road

Dug in the 1920s to supply the local pottery industry, Alder Hills fishery is a two and a half acre lake situated on the border of Bournemouth and Poole. The lake is part of Alder Hills Nature Reserve and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England and is primarily managed for its wildlife.

A limited number of fishing permits are available for Alder Hills

Up to 20 per annum for day fishing

Up to 10 for day and night fishing

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How do I apply for a permit?

You may apply for a permit for either site after the 1st May for the following season by completing the application form (on the right-hand-side of this page), clearly stating the site for which the permit is required, together with the following documentation:

  • Passport sized photo of applicant.

  • Photocopy of applicant's National Rod Licence. If you do not already have a National Rod Licence, details are available on the Environment Agency website. You can buy a National Rod Licence at the Post Office or online.

  • Payment – Can be made by debit or credit card, in cash or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to 'Borough of Poole'.

  • Concessions.  If you are applying for a concessionary rate and are not a member of *ATL&L, you will need to present your Blue Badge as proof of disability.   If you are already a member of ATL&L and are applying for a permit through this scheme, you will need to state your membership number on the application form.

  • The completed application form, together with the documentation should then either be sent by post or taken to our offices at:

Environmental & Consumer Protection Services, Unit 1, New Fields Business Park, 2 Stinsford Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 0NF

Please note

  • We are unable to accept any application where the application is incorrectly completed and/or the documentation listed has not been included. 

  • We are unable to accept applications by e-mail.

  • Applications received before the 1 May will not be processed. 

  • When applying you confirm that you have read and agree to abide by the conditions of use (page 3 & 4 of the application form on the right-hand-side of this page).

  • Please pay particular attention to the parking regulations as these will be strictly enforced.

  • The Borough of Poole reserves the right to withdraw permission to fish from anyone not abiding by these conditions.

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What fish might I catch?

Hatch Pond: 

  • Common Carp - a number around the 10lb mark with regular ones caught in the mid 20lbs although some have been caught in excess of 30lb  

  • Mirror Carp –  up to low 20lbs

  • Roach – over 2lbs

  • Rudd – over 1lb

  • Tench

  • Perch

  • Eel

Alder Hills:

  • Common Carp - up to 25lb

  • Roach

  • Rudd

  • Tench

  • Perch

  • Pike

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What should I do if I accidentally hook wildlife?

If you accidentally 'hook' a swan, waterfowl, or other wildlife, DO NOT STRIKE.

Cut the line as near as possible to the injured creature and contact the RSPCA on

  • Tel: 08700 101849 or

  • Tel: 08705 555999 or

  • Tel: 0300 1234 999

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Water Pollution

To report water pollution contact the Environment Agency on

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Related pages

Alder Hills Nature Reserve

Hatch Pond Nature Reserve


Contact us

Email customer services

01202 265265

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