Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Our Progress so far!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Our Progress so far!

Photo 01 - Hopefully the first of many a Mallard egg.

Our Progress so far!
To bring you up to date with the various projects and work items on the agenda for the year, here is a rundown of our progress.
Arctic Charr reintroduction
We now have the necessary permissions from Scottish National Heritage and the River Tweed Commission and our riparian owners. We now require netting licences from Marine Scotland and of course we must secure the necessary funding for the project to move forward. This is an enormous task but knowledgeable people are stepping in to assist us. Stay tuned to keep up to date.
Habitat improvement
We have heard back from Sir Michael Strang Steel who has given us his permission to carry out tree planting on the banks of the Kirkstead burn. The farmer Mr Alan Mc Clymont has also kindly given his permission and we will work closely with him on this matter. Because of the SSSI status of the lochs we are to formally contact SNH and SEPA for their approval and guidance and with the aid of the Borders Forest Trust we will hopefully begin work in the near future.
Boat house painting
This will take place around August and members will be sought to assist us with the task. Around half a dozen volunteers will be required, come with some old clothes or overalls as it could get messy. Also at this time some internal work is required suitable for general handyman types. More information will be available here and in the club newsletter nearer the time.
Photo 02 - A queen Bumbler.
Boat modifications
We hope to start these works around Mid April and work will fall into the following categories. Joinery, Fibre glassing work (very messy) and painting (very satisfying) plus a few odd job type things. We will provide masks and gloves where these are required and a lunch will also be provided.
Yesterday on the Lochs
It was good to see all the boats out on both lochs yesterday. There were some very good Trout caught and Scott T got a superb two and a quarter pound fish on the Lowes along with a few jacks which were all returned. Another of our members had three fine Trout from a pound to two pounds on St Mary’s, and when I congratulated him on his prowess he said “yes it was fine but even if I had blanked it would still have been a great day”! The words of a “real” angler methinks!
Have a look at this week’s photos I think they are confirmation that spring has arrived. Photo 01 shows the start of a Mallard Ducks egg tally for the year. Over the next few days she will lay many more. On the downside for her, is a carcass of a Mallard Drake that lies nearby, obviously taken by a predator probably a fox. Nature can be cruel but overall it all evens out. I will keep a discrete eye on the nest to see how it fares.
Photo 02 a queen Bumble Bee (Bombus Bombus what a super name), she was searching the numerous mice/vole holes looking for an unoccupied one in which to construct her nest to rear the colony for the coming year, more industrious that the Honey Bee the Bumble starts work earlier and finishes later. I have often noticed on my early morning trips the first sound even before the ubiquitous early rising Blackbird is the buzz of the Bumble Bee, I think 03.15 is the earliest I have recorded in midsummer.
Photo 03 shows one of the many frogs in the area this one basking in the mid afternoon sun. The signs of their industry, the familiar jellied mass of eggs is to be seen everywhere on boggy ground around the lochs.
Photo 03- a sunseeking frog.
Wild Trout Competition
Entries are still trickling in but we need them to come in rather more quickly. The crucial number has not yet been reached after which the competition will definitely go ahead. So get those entries in, once this point is reached the cheques will be banked and the entry tickets will be sent out.

Photo – Dangerman (Kevin Austin) proud to be a mutilator of Pike!
Click the above link to find out how NOT to handle Pike; the perpetrator of the shocking handling in the video has been barred from fishing at our lochs! Have a look at the video and the dopey comments below, he has removed 23 comments from the video all 100% negative (mail us if you would like to view them).
Please download his photo and pass it on to your venue and ask them to visit our news pages to read about a disgrace to angling and a Pike mutilator.
Would you really want this fool with his appalling handling skills fishing at your loch?

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