16 August 2015

I was at the Tarn first thing this morning and watched as the water came alive with fish rising to take breakfast.  Once again I just caught sight of something small, feathered and dark scooting into the reed bed.  One day I’ll get a good look at this phantom and discover whether or not it’s a dab chick.

I had a report last week that the outboard was not working.  I’ve removed several meters of leader from round the prop shaft, but find that the prop still has a tendency to stop  for no apparent reason.  It does work if you give the shaft a thump so I suspect a loose connection.  Treat it with some respect this week and when I have more time next week I’ll try to effect a more permanent fix.

I retrieved the card from the wildlife camera and am delighted to say that this week I have no cows.  I also have not much else other than two anglers and a furtive looking duck.  What it does suggest is that we have no mink or at least none that work the Tarn margin between the duck wall and cross wall.  I’ll try the camera at a different location this week and try to catch sight of the mystery waterfowl.

The river is now ell down on the decent water that we had yesterday.  With no rain forecast for the next few days water levels can only fall further so the river may be a challenge once again by mid-week.

Finally, I’m helping with the national crayfish conference at Giggleswick school over the next few days.  This will include a visit to Ling Ghyll on Tuesday for some delegates to look at the natural ark site above the bridge and the weirs that we put in several years ago to try to clear the plague spot at the foot of Ling Ghyll falls. This will be the first time for over five years that the leading crayfish academics and field workers have got together to discuss their work on combating invasive non-native species and the preservation of native crayfish.  We hope for a positive outcome.

Ian

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