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  1. My parents get loads of these in their compost heaps in their house in Devon. Apparently they love compost heaps because - quite apart from all the food - the heat released by the decomposition of the compost makes them nice and warm. As cold blooded creatures thats a big help, they often overwinter in them as well. You need to be careful if you accidentally disturb them as they will shed their tail as a defence against predation (the tail distracts predators while the slow worm escapes) but this will take a while to grow back, and it will have to expend energy on this and will be more
  2. This is a plea from the Thames Anglers' Conservancy to object to a scheme at Teddington Weir that has the potential to damage the whole Thames ecosystem. For those who don't fish the Thames, hydropower schemes are also being planned on a river near you. Please take 3 minutes to object and make developers think more carefully about threatening the angling on rivers across the UK. As you may be aware, Ham Hydro, a recently formed organisation, has proposed to install large hydropower turbines on Teddington Weir. The TAC and Angling Trust have strong environmental and ecological conc
  3. Says the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/588...-fishermen.html TV star Griff Rhys Jones has angered anglers after encouraging canoeists and boaters to "disturb as many fishermen as possible" on their travels. Rhys Jones has just finished filming a BBC documentary in which he rediscovered the country's forgotten rivers by travelling along them in a canoe. The 55-year-old has been vocal in his criticism of anglers who he claims have too much say and control over British rivers and wants water users to exact some revenge by spoiling their chance of a catch
  4. Unfortunately they intend nothing of the sort. Quasi-governmental organisations like the EA are required by law to consult when proposing major policy changes or legislation. For example, the Post Office had to consult when they shut each post office in the recent closure programme across the country. Since almost everyone uses post offices they couldn't really get away with hiding the consultations away, so they just ignored the consultation responses (for the most part) and closed the branches they wanted anyway. Bodies like the EA have more disparate and marginal "stakeholders" so c
  5. Just came across this consultation in the course of my work (non-angling related). I thought I'd have a quick read through as interested in the eel issue, when I came across the actual proposals tucked away at the end and quite frankly I am absolutely appalled. A debate on sustainability of fish in public fisheries and on current rules/enforcement of rule is desirable and welcome. However, hiding away a wide ranging and important policy under the cover of an inoffensive (some might say obscure) consultation on specific fisheries policies is quite despicable and indicative of the attitu
  6. Apologies - I just noticed that there is already a thread on this on the coarse fishing forum - admin feel free to take it down if you wish
  7. (Note: I know there is a topic linking to this consultation already open. However, the title is bland and the attached press release appears to be disingenuous - putting it politely) Hello all, Just came across this consultation in the course of work (not angling related) just published by the EA. The press release and introductions suggest that the consultation relates to proposals limited to banning anglers taking home eels and shad for the table. However, having read through to the end, what they are actually proposing is introducing new byelaws that would allow the EA t
  8. In a small park nestled beneath the concrete towers of the Barbican in London, a modest memorial bears the names of dozens of ordinary people who died while rescuing others from mortal danger. For the first time in nearly 80 years, a new name was yesterday added to the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice, which has stood for more than a century as a testament to “heroism in everyday life”. At a ceremony in Postman’s Park in the heart of the City of London yesterday, a plaque was unveiled to 30-year-old Leigh Pitt, who died in June 2007 while saving a boy from drowning in a canal.
  9. I wrote my masters thesis on the commercial whaling industry, and the attitude shown here is scarily reminiscent of commercial lobbying at the peak of the industry, when the decline in numbers of the great whale species first became obvious (the early 1960s). The industry constantly cited scientific uncertainty to justify continued overexploitation, saying that nobody knew enough about whales' breeding habits, replacement rates, and migration patterns to warrant a curtailment of quotas or a temporary cessation of whaling to allow recovery. All this despite desperate entreaties from scientists
  10. The Norwegian Coastguard has released video of the British trawler "The Prolific" (the irony ) dumping tonnes of endangered fish into British waters. View the video here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/vide...rawler.prolific From the comments I have read from British commercial fishermen, I was under the impression it was only the French and Spanish who were callously plundering our marine resources...
  11. Its a pretty exciting swim that I usually fish, although I have to admit I had no idea that they got that big in the Thames either. I've had abouthalf a dozen though around the 4-6 pound mark. Thing is I've never deliberately targeted them, actually catch them whilst live-baiting for perch with small dace livebaits during daylight hours. My brothers one was on a hot day with bright sunshine, around 2pm. You get pike and eels occasionally as well. My favourite though is catching 2 inch juvenile bass when trying to catch the dace for bait!
  12. It was 14lb and 2-4oz (I was standing up in the boat and wobbling a bit so I couldn't get the oz exactly) I checked the EA site and can't find a list anywhere, but it was a cracking fish to catch and went back unharmed to fight another day so thats enough for us!
  13. Hi all, Does anybody know where I can find the record weights for fish species caught in the Thames? I ask because I was chatting to a bloke on the bank who seemed in the know today and when I mentioned the weight of a zander my brother caught last month suggested that it might be a Thames record. Unfortunately when he caught it we were out in a little inflatable boat and wanted to get it back in the water ASAP, so we didn't get any witnesses or anything, but it would nice to check for our own satisfaction! Thanks, Jim
  14. As far as I'm aware, there aren't any restrictions on the fishing side of it over and above normal angling good practice. Mooring to buoys, pontoons etc can sometimes be a problem, best to speak to owners or do it discreetly. And of course you need to get a license for/register your boat (although I think its alright if its unpowered).
  15. Wow... posts like these make me regret being so boastful about my own fortunes in my nickname! Although I'm sure luck had nothing to do with it Sounds amazing mate. I know virtually nothing about such matters, but I have a couple oy my own questions/naive suggestions: 1) Would the introduction of some kind of flow of water be beneficial? Just a strong pump at one end creating a slight flow? I would assume that would help with algae or even blanket weed and also aerate the water during summer, or force the leaves into one area where they could easily be removed. Obviously the main
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