Angling- recreation on our rivers

Posted on - In Ribble Rivers Trust
When thinking of sport, not everyone will think of angling however, it is one of the most popular sports in the UK. The fishing industry is worth over £3 billion per year, with over 100,000 weekly participants and over 4,000,000 people having been fishing in the past 2 years. Coarse fishing is the most popular type of fishing, with participants fishing rivers, canals, lakes, or ponds, and returning caught fish to the water. There are Continue Reading... The post Angling- recreation on our rivers appeared first on Ribble Rivers Trust. ...

Reconnecting the Darwen Sub-Catchment

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Hoghton Bottoms Weir is the largest of many on the River Darwen that create a barrier to fish movement. Structures like this are a problem for fish, like brown trout and salmon, that migrate downstream to find suitable food sources before returning to their spawning grounds in the smaller stretches upstream to mate. Fish use a large amount of energy attempting to get over barriers like this and this affects their success at breeding. Out Continue Reading... The post Reconnecting the Darwen Sub-Catchment appeared first on Ribble Rivers Trust. ...

Conder Pool….Mainly.

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Seven Common Tern on Conder Pool Friday were as seen a week ago on 8 June which was the last time I was there. Other than the three chicks on the pontoon have grown a little, there was no change regarding these seven, but it makes watching the young chicks a little more anxious when the adults keep leaving them unattended whilst they go off fishing, I personally didn't think this would have been their behaviour to leave them at the mercy of predation....Wrong again!Common Sandpiper Conder Pool 15 June. Ian Pinkerton.An early returning Common Sandpiper flew in, one last seen at Conder Green 26 April, and certainly not expected back here in my book just yet. At least one Avocet seen, but no idea what they're up to at the back of the pool, as I've not yet done any trespass to find out, there's also the surpri...

Breeding Rock Pipit

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Two were seen together on Thursday with one carrying nesting material.  Unfortunately the observer had to leave before they could track the bird to the nest site.  Awkward time - the ringing team don't seem to have any time to follow this up and the same goes for any of the rest of us.  Watch this space and hopefully not predated before we can absolutely confirm a nest site (I've not seen either of the two birds and they are incredibly elusive)Note the nesting material carried by bird on the leftFamily party of Pied Wagtail and a few Linnet in the same areaShag still present on wooden jetty - another novelty - a summering Shag!...
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Flycatcher Festival.

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On a few hours spent in the Marshaw - Tower Lodge - Trough Bridge area earlier in the week, it was rewarding to find 7 Pied Flycatcher. Priority of the visit was to get up to date on the pair found tree nesting on 23 May. Today they were both watched regularly returning to the nest feeding young, quite the opposite to the female seen leaving the nest box at Tower Lodge, with at least one young poking it's head out of the box, but despite a couple of prolonged watches, I saw no adult birds returning over a total of 30 minutes. Pied FlycatcherA pair were seen at another nest box in the compound, but better still was yet to come when I got to the top of the hill beyond Trough Bridge, I saw a bird in flight, and picking it up in a tree it was a female Pied Flycatcher offering the possibility of a second pair tree n...
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Learning to fly

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Release date:  Tue, 19/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  I cannot think of a better way to spend Day 19 of 30 Days Wild than learning how to fly like a pied wagtail. Of course, being a human without the benefit of having wings, this is something I am unlikely to do in the present technological climate. So the next best thing is watching a fledgling pied wagtail learning to fly like a pied wagtail. read more...
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Wild cooking blog – elderflower cordial

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Release date:  Mon, 18/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Who could refuse this fragrant and refreshing drink on a warm summers day? Elderflower cordial is the perfect addition to summery drinks, the flavours pairing perfectly with fruit and citrus flavours. And the fact that you made it yourself, outside, from freshly picked elderflowers? Surely this will be the star of any picnic or BBQ and the perfect way to make your June a little bit wild… read more...

Mind your peas…

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Release date:  Sun, 17/06/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Does anyone else remember being told to mind their p’s and q’s when they were little and never really knowing what it meant?  If that rings true, then you’re not alone. Having done a little google digging, there’s a nod to being careful about your manners but the real meaning of either the P or the Q is lost in the mists of time. read more...
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