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Birds Green Fishery, Tile House Farm, Birds Green, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0PN, UK

phone: 01277 899007
email: contact Birds Green Fishery

Day Tickets:

Current day ticket prices at Birds Green Fishery are:

Day Ticket (Weekdays) £8
Day Ticket (Weekends & Bank Hols) £10
Night Fishing Yearly Membership Subs £25
Night Fishing Ticket £10
Weekday sessions for members of 24 hours and longer are at reduced rates, please contact the fishery office for details.


Tackle Shop and Fishery Office
The tackle shop and fishery office is open 7 days a week from 08:30am and is fully stocked with a wide range of tackle and bait from the leading manufactures.

It is a great meeting place and is a hub of activity especially in the mornings. Whilst getting your tickets it’s a great place to catch up on the latest catch reports from the staff or the other anglers. Help and advice is always on hand from approachable friendly staff who are always happy to answer any questions you might have or demonstrate the products on display.

Fishing Lodge Café
The famous Café offers a range of food from bacon butties to full English breakfasts 7 days a week. At the weekends and Bank Holidays both lunches and dinner (7 nights a week) are available with BBQ’s in the summer months and curries and other belly warming homemade dishes in the colder months.

Other Facilities
- Centrally located ladies and gent’s toilets open all day and night.
- Shower block key available to session anglers.
- Ample parking in 5 different car parks all located close to the lakes for easy access.
- On-site Bailiffs 24 hours a day.
- Disable access: every effort has been made to allow as much access for the disabled as possible with ramps and wide entrances in the fishery office and shop, and ramps for the café.

General Fishery Information:
Birds Green Fishery is situated in the peace and tranquillity of the picturesque River Roding valley in the heart of the unspoilt Essex countryside. Originally opened in 1980 with one lake it has now grown into a fully managed fishery boasting fantastic facilities as well as 3 beautiful and well stocked fishing lakes offering both day and night fishing.

At Birds Green Fishery the choice of fishing lakes and range of fish species offers something for most whether you are looking for general coarse fishing, family day pleasure fishing, carp fishing or specimen fishing. You can even vary your fishing or try some stalking as your ticket allows you to move between lakes as long as the appropriate rules are obeyed and other anglers are not disturbed.

Specimen Carp Fishing Lake (Top Lake):

Heavily stocked with both species of carp. Mainly stocked with 10lb – 20lb fish with a good head of 20lb + fish Largest fish 28lb 10oz.

Type of Lake

Carp fishing lake, day ticket water with night fishing for members. Developed and opened in 1990, maintained mainly for carp fisherman in mind, both pleasure and session anglers alike. Approximately 2 acres, average depths 6-7ft London clay bottom with gravel. Reed and tree fringed island with 2 shallower bars from the points of the island.

Tips and Tactics

The carp do have a varied diet but good quality smelly boilies with usual pva tactics do work. Method feeding in the summer months can often produce large number of fish being caught. Other baits worth a try are flavoured corn in the margins, Marine Halibut Pellet and paste. The weather does effect the bigger fish in this lake and with a change to a low pressure the fishing does often slow downAs often with fishing there does seem to be noticeable feeding spells on this lake with early morning and late afternoon / early evening being the prime time especially for the bigger fish.

Coarse and Carp Pleasure Fishing Lake (Bottom Lake):

A large head of carp stocked mainly 5lb -15lb range with a smaller head of 20lb + fish. 28lb common largest capture. A good head of other species ranging in size including specimen roach and perch.

Type of Lake

A general coarse fishing lake with a good head of mixed size carp also present. A good choice for those wanting to ledger for carp and also float fish for everything else. Day ticket with night fishing for members. Approximately 2.5 acres, average depths 6-7ft. London clay bottom with gravel. Some corners of the lake have bull rush & some weed in the margins. Reed and tree fringed island with 2 shallower bars from the points of the island. Steep drop off from the one side of the island.

Tips and Tactics

Caster & maggot is usually the best bait for the specimen roach although many of the carp anglers have landed massive roach on big boilies, maize and pellet!! The island end of the island is normally more productive for the carp you can catch well off the hard bottom bars at each end of the island. As fishy as the Island does look don’t worry if you cant get in a particular swim as the carp can be found all round the lake depending on the weather and the wind. Don’t forget about the margins!

Match and Coarse Fishing Lake (Bridge Lake):

Tench are in abundance here with average sizes between 3lb - 6lb A good head of carp stocked mainly 2lb -10lb range with a smaller head of larger fish. There are a few known big un’s still. A good head of other species ranging in size including good numbers of roach and perch. A small head of large bream can be found feeding when the conditions are right.

Type of Lake

The youngest lake only opened in 2000 initially designed for the match angler and pole fisherman in mind but has now been developed into a up and coming general coarse fishing lake with a good head of tench and mixed size carp. An ideal family lake for those looking to get into fishing. Day ticket with night fishing for members.

A triangular shaped lake of approximately 1.5 acres, deeper in the middle than the other lakes reaching 10 foot. A large island is present with reeds established a various points particularly the corners where shallower water is found due to the gravel bars. London clay bottom with gravel. There is a good mixture of reed, young trees and water weed to be found.

Tips and Tactics

Maggot feeder fishing can really produce a mixed bag with different species feeding at different times of the day this is a very effective tactic to catch. The design of the lake is well suited to pole fishermen don’t be afraid to use a bit of groundbait to get them really feeding hard in your swim. The fish especially the small carp are nearly always hungry and not that fussy about particular baits so don’t be afraid to experiment. There is a bit of marginal weed in the water so be careful your bait doesn’t get buried, it is a good idea to get the plummet weight out and feel for a firm clean bottom.

How to find us:

Whilst located in beautiful countryside, Birds Green Fishery and the Total Fishing Tackle Shop are within easy reach of the M25 and M11; which makes visiting us from anywhere in London and the east and southeast of England very easy. To help you get here, we have provided some links below to various resources which we hope you will find useful. If you have any trouble planning your route or if you get lost on your journey then please call us on 01277 899 007 and we will be more than happy to help you with directions.

Fishery Rules:

We ask all visitors and members to familiarize themselves with the fishery rules set out below and to abide by them at all times. We operate a zero tolerance policy on litter and aggressive behaviour towards other visitors and staff.

All tickets must be purchased from the fishery office located next to the café in Bridge lake car park PRIOR to fishing.
Any anglers wishing to start fishing before the fishery office is open must purchase their tickets by 09:30 am.
Anyone found fishing without a valid ticket after 9:30 am will be asked to pay a surcharge.
Two rods only except by prior arrangement.
All night fishing strictly by appointment and for members only.
No non fishing guests at night.
All types of barbed hook strictly prohibited.
All anglers must be in possession and use an appropriately sized unhooking mat.
Minimum 42” landing nets and minimum 10lb line to be used on Top Lake.
No Leadcore or fixed leads.
No carp sacks or keep nets.
No spodding (PVA & method feeders are allowed).
No Beachcasting.
Left over bait must not be thrown into the lake or left on bank.
Rods must not be left unattended.
No Dogs.
All litter to be removed from fishery or placed in bins provided.
No fish to be removed transferred between lakes or introduced.
Parking only in car parks provided, no driving on bank or verges.
No fires, BBQ’s or firearms.
No damage to wildlife or property, no trespassing on surrounding land.
Please respect other anglers and visitors especially with the use of radio’s & bite alarms.
Threatening behaviour and bad language will not be tollerated.
Each angler must be in possession of appropriate Environment Agency licenses.
All children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult.
Maximum speed limit of 10 mph.
Birds Green Fishery accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage to fishing tackle, cars, persons or any other property however caused.
All fishermen must strictly comply with all fishery rules.
Random checks will be made by bailiffs.
Bailiff’s word is final on all matters!
Further Information :

For more information about Birds Green Fishery, visit their website at:

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