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PostSubject: CORMORANT WATCH   Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:33 pm

STUCK 2 SIGHTING ON THE page, one at penton hook and shepperton lock
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:36 pm

Thanks Keith, the ATr's press release as below


www.cormorantwatch.org

The Angling Trust has launched a new web site for you and your fishing friends to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.org

The new site is easy to use - it takes less than a minute to record your sighting.

Don't forget to bookmark www.cormorantwatch.org, keep your eyes peeled and come back every time you want to report a sighting.

The Angling Trust succeeded in persuading the Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon to carry out a review of the cormorant licensing procedure and he has stated that he is prepared to take "bold decisions". As part of this review, the Trust needs data on the abundance of cormorants to convince the government to take decisive action. So now it's your turn - go to www.cormorantwatch.org and make a difference.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd commented "This is a moment when anglers need to stand up and be counted to persuade politicians to simplify licensing procedures and allow greater controls on cormorant numbers - a decision which could affect the future of fishing for the next generation. All anglers who see one of these birds in the next few months must make the effort to visit cormorantwatch.org and put a pin in the map, whether they are a member of the Angling Trust or not."

Please go to www.cormorantwatch.org and report your sighting.
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:39 pm

Bit of a defect on that site, it asks one to identify a Cormorant, Goosander or Merganser, but doesn't seem to give any clue what the difference is!
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:49 pm

Thanks Ed. They have a facebook site, maybe worth commenting on there. In the past they has responded.
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:42 pm

Just a personal comment on this campaign.

I think the ATr have had a slight misjudgement in starting this up. Yes Cormorants are a major problem, but so are many other things.

I fear the anti angling brigade will have a field day, along with other groups.

For me, they have shot themselves in the foot.

Just my personal opinion folks.

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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:59 pm

Wildlife is managed all the time Dave, geese on natural trust land etc. etc.

The anti-angling brigade are practically a loony fringe group, not that we shouldn't take them slightly serious mind! Laughing

The site Dave, and the level of data recorded, allows AT to go to the authorities (Defra) and give them cormorant (++) numbers, if you don't have figures, you cannot construct strategies.

Yes there are many 'other things' that they could be spending their time on, but this is what the 'vocal majority' of anglers place near the top of their lists, and the birds are a much bigger problem than otters. for example/ They are the biggest 'predative' danger to healthy fish stocks that we have.

Please record those sightings people. Cool


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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:04 am

As I wrote just my personal view, I believe this could be one the ATr regrets in the long term.

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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:56 am

I'v logged 3 so far on the EA page
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:24 pm

one for for the pot, at penton island a coraornt that is
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:04 am

1 cormorant roosting - Blenheim Palace.


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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:43 am

Just checked the page, we have the highest number of birds reported in England
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:49 am

nice one keith
so am I right in assuming that more have been logged in our area, I hope not as the river was full of silvers last year
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:34 am

Heres a thought.

Say there were ten birds in one area, a different person reported them each day for ten days. Then they went round in say a 20 mile radius, would like 100 birds over that area.

Maybe that is taken into account?

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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:22 am

SPOTed 3 more this morning on way to crabs island, from chertey brigde, logged
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:04 pm

any else having problums with this site, I have to post twize to get it to resider where the birds are
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:23 pm

Keith I think it may take some time to update, just do it the once mate and check the next time and it should be there.

Good work Keith.


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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:11 pm

i have report about 12 of the things so far
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:51 pm

2 more reported at penton hook yesterday
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:26 am

I've lost count now Keith... dozens! affraid


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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:13 pm

TWO more for the pot, totle poster is now 19
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:51 pm

But are they the same ones as yesterday or new ones?
How can anyone tell?! LoL!
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:38 pm

TWO more swimming and eating together, totle 21
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:07 pm

reported seeing two more on the way to penton hook lock, havent seen any in the past 3 weeks
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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:53 am

I've been reporting these for every trip and saw something I've never seen the cormorants do before...

Around 25 birds came upstream and it was clear they were taking it in turns of 3 or 4 to dive below a shoal of dace, and the other twenty birds dipped just below the surface scooping up the startled fish, extraordinary, they were working as a team and following the shoal!

Unbelievable to watch.


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PostSubject: Re: CORMORANT WATCH   Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:04 pm

eye reported 30 of them from richmond lock to kew brigde,
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