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12 April 2021

A coracle for sale, made by Bernard Thomas in the 1970's. It belonged to a coracle fisherman but he wanted a new one, so sold me his used one around 1976. It has been kept indoors all this time and has never been used, just for display purposes. We visited Bernard and he gave me a paddle that he had made. Price - £450

17 February 2021

The Society was saddened to learn today of the passing of former member Dick Mundy, who died on Saturday 13th February following an accident he was involved in. Many members will have known Dick through his involvement with the Bures Coracle Regatta, or his time as editor in the mid 2000s.

We send our condolences to his family.

26 January 2021

These are my first attempts at making coracles from willow. The willow was cut on the Gwent levels. I have made two shapes, one round and one a more rectangular shape - they seem to have turned out quite well

Martin Morgan

06 December 2020

As coracling has been mostly out of the window this year and not being able to build more, I’ve happily filled some of this year making models.  After all, that’s what I believe the Rogers would have done.  With most cafes closing their doors and turning to takeaway drinks I realised that instead of my tea coming with the humble teaspoon it comes with a model coracle lath.  So, inspired by models in the coracle shed and thirty c

06 December 2020

Society member and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority volunteer Dave Purvis recently attended a virtual conference hosted by the park authority on ash dieback disease and its impact in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Within the presentation was a lot of information on how the disease is spread, how to spot it at various stages, and how to manage woodland in order to conserve as much uninfected trees as possible.

28 November 2020

During the 2020 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, we were horrified to learn that the Welsh Government and National Resources Wales propose to increase net licence fees for all holders - including the coracle net licences on the Towy, Teifi and Taf rivers - by up to over 120% for the Teifi licences in 2021. The sole reason for this seems to be to ensure the costs of administering these licences is fully covered by the fees collected.

01 November 2020

It is with great sadness that the Society announces the loss of Sir Peter Badge, who passed away peacefully on Thursday 29th October 2020. Sir Peter was the founding Chairman of the Society, before holding the office of President from 1997 until 2015.

04 October 2020

Coracle for sale - I have owned this for about twenty years. I bought it in Narberth in Wales from an antique shop and renovated it by giving it a new calico covering and then waterproofing it with bitumen. It is at my home in south Devon on the river Dart

All enquiries to Jon White - [email protected]

23 July 2020

We’ve been picking up a lot of trash during this pandemic and wanted to be able to reach trash in the middle of a nearby swale. One of our friends suggested we could get it if we had a round boat. You know a coracle, something I’ve only encountered in books till now. Using YouTube and the Coracle Society directions I was able to construct my first coracle.

18 July 2020

Sadly the Bures coracle regatta has been cancelled for this year. We've left it as late as possible before deciding to cancel, due to the uncertain current situation.

We are looking to run next year's regatta on August 7th 2021. Hope to see you then.