28 July 2006

    Well, the President reported that he had a fairly rewarding few hours at the Tarn on Wednesday evening so it looks as if all has settled down following re-stocking on Tuesday.  He also told me that he walked the river towards Selside and each step on the gravel put up any number of fish in the pools upstream of Dale Mire.  Apparently they shot off with a considerable bow wave indicating fish of some size.  These will all be natives.  Either large brownies or maybe sea trout that came up in the spates we had in May (they must be wondering why the hell they did). 

So, the native stock seem to be holding up fairly well in this drought, indicators are good and when we get some rain life should, hopefully, return to near normal.

A very shaken Mike Howarth stopped by on his way to the Tarn last evening having been run off the road by a quarry waggon.  Can I remind members that here at Horton we have an agreement with both Hansons and Lefarge who own the three Horton quarries that any waggon driver reported as driving without due care will be denied a load at their next return to the quarry. You need to ring and report location of incident, waggon registration, operators name (ie Miles Fox, Hanson, Lefarge, Robinsons, etc, etc) and time of incident.  A lot, I know, when trying to avoid impact with a stone wall but it's worth it.

Mike dropped off a leaflet published by Scottish Natural Heritage about American signal cray fish.  This illustrates the uncompromising approach that the Scots take to these alien pests despite the fact that they have no white claws in Scotland.  An approach we would do well to emulate here in England before it's too late for our native species.

It's a bright, warm, sunny day here again with mares tails of cloud that possibly promise some rain tomorrow.  There is a weak Atlantic low approaching so we might get something more that a thundery shower.

Ian

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