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PostSubject: Swan Sanctuary   Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:52 pm

Our club has been communicating with the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton, and last night at the River User Group 8 meeting, we finally met, the outcome was pleasant to say the least, Linda who runs the sanctuary has the same passion for those big white birds as we have for our slimy fish (well maybe not bream!), anyways we received an invitation to tour the centre, so if you want to see how it all operates, whack your interest in here folks!
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PostSubject: Re: Swan Sanctuary   Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:35 pm

just an update folks, we are still touching base with linda at the swan sanctuary, if anyone is keen to have a wander around the sanctuary, post it on here, best of all, the goodwill and deeds our club have and are engaging in are changing peoples opinions about anglers, linda is proof of the pudding folks
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PostSubject: Re: Swan Sanctuary   Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:25 pm

First day of the season I phoned them about a swan in Sunbury that had been hooked and had a 3oz pear lead banging against it's throat - blood everywhere.

In the end they didn't come out as Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead were on their way - they liaise. Simon Cowell, not the X factor bloke but the presenter of all the Wildlife Aid programs on TV turned up. Half an hour of chasing it round in my boat he managed to land it. We unhooked it, cleaned/sterilised it's wounds and released in back onto the Thames.

I emphasized a few times that although it was fishing tackle causing the harm, I saw 5 boats go past, 3 cruisers and 2 barges - all they did was point at the swan. It took an angler to call the sanctuary and then an angler to donate his boat and time to the rescue.
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PostSubject: Re: Swan Sanctuary   Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:31 pm

Only just seen this re the swan sanctuary at Shepperton.

For those of you that didn't know on the middle Thames swans are rescued and cared for by the Swan Lifeline based at Cuckoo Weir in Eton, near Windsor. Their number is 01753 859397.
The centre is run by Wendy Hermon and her band of volunteers.
I've been to the centre on numerous occasions where Wendy and her team do a thankless task in dealing with sick and injured birds.

Wendy's son fishes and whilst she appreciates that many birds are injured or killed by discarded tackle she is not anti-angling but realises there is a need for regulation of anglers, urging local fisherman to join clubs and learn how to fish responsibly. She welcomes anglers help in terms of phoning in distressed birds.

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PostSubject: Re: Swan Sanctuary   Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:48 pm

Cheers DD, top info mate and anyone in the area this a good number to have.
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