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Winter 2005-6

By predator-chaser | June 7, 2007

clear and cold winter morningFollowing the initial trial in 2004/5 the project was continued for the Winter of 2005-6 as there was no recorded increased disturbance generally, other than that on Horsey Mere.

In an attempt to resolve the poaching on Horsey Mere a discussion meeting was held to attempt to find an answer. The suggested answer was to allow a limited access to the Mere in the hope that this would remove the urge to poach. It was to have been a 7 day access, however this was finally set at 3 days per week.

With the new permitted access for one boat on each of the days, the trial continued with the addition of bailiffing by locally appointed wardens, chosen from the pike anglers regularly fishing the area.

The general result of the trial identified that the disturbance caused during the 2005/6 trial was from sources other than permitted angling boats. Various incidents occurred that displaced the birds, some of which were again unauthorised pike fishing between the permitted days.

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