That's one that I used to enjoy evenings on, I used to fish heron (first lake over the bridge) and sometimes I'd be the only one on it. Used to fish prawns for the decent perch and the odd bonus carp and the hour before dusk was always best. Didn't know about the poaching but as usual it's the few spoiling it for everyone else...Birch House Lakes used to be dawn till dusk. They had a spate of serious night time poaching (netting I believe) and have had to fit an automated gate. It’s open 6am to 7pm. Closing at 7pm doesn’t really affect me personally but I really miss starting at 4.30 in summer. There is usually a small queue at the gate at 6 whereas I used to get a couple of hours solitude before. The fish are generally in the margins and really switched on from 4.30 to 6am so I miss it a lot. I now fish 6 till 10 generally but it’s not really as good as it is earlier. I fully understand why they’ve had to do it but it’s really sad.