R.F.&.T.A.A.’s NEW SALMON and PIKE FISHING BEAT

THE RIVER FORTH AND TEITH ANGLERS ASSOCIATION would like to take this time to announce to its members that we are in the process of looking for suitable  various salmon fishing rights on the River Forth and Teith ,one suitable beat has become available on the Upper Forth at Cambusdrennie ,which will give our association members their very own fishing lease on the RIVER FORTH SYSTEM.

This part of the  Forth is certainly a hidden gem which R.F.&.T.A.A. welcomes, not only for salmon and seatrout fishing but also the added bonus of some very good specimen pike and coarse fishing, good pike fishing is well sought after by many angling clubs.

One of the first aims of the association is to secure various conservation methods and rules that secures a healthy future for all fish species on all of R.F.&.T.A.A.’s new fishings.

As soon as everything has been discussed and put in place R.F.&.T.A.A will anounce the pricings and areas of  seperate fishings that they may have for the new 2012 season.

The association is also in talks trying to secure fishings on the River Teith .

Members at the moment are enjoying sea fishing for various sea fish and fishing on various rainbow trout fishings around the forth district.

Now that RFTAA is securing more places venues and a number of different species of fish to fish for look out for dates of more angling competitions on this site,

The next competition for members is

 Rainbow Trout Fishing,

Saturday 26th November on Harvieston Fishery at Alva

 on the banks of the

River Devon,

Good Luck to all members entering this first of many rainbow fishing competitions,

MEMBERS OF R.F.&.T.A.A. ARE BEING ASKED TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THIS SITE AND VARIOUS MEDIA OUTLETS FOR THE DATE OF OUR AGM IN JANUARY WHEN WE WILL BE RECRUITING NEW AND EXSISTING MEMBERS WISHING TO TAKE UP MEMBERSHIP AND FISHINGS ON OUR NEW CAMBUSDRENNIE AND CHAMERSTON SALMON AND PIKE FISHING BEAT ,

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AND INVITE ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED TO COME AND JOIN US.  ON OUR NEW VENTURES

ALL ARE WELCOME

Here are the photos of the new beat

 

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Pipeline leak stopped from reaching Firth of Forth

Firth of Forth

The pollution from a leaking waste water pipe has been stopped from reaching the Firth of Forth

Further pollution from a leaking waste water pipe has been stopped from reaching the Firth of Forth, environmental agency Sepa has said.

Bunds and booms, which contain the water flow, have been set up by BP and tankers are being used to remove water from a nearby burn as a precaution.

Monitoring of air pollution has shown that levels of hydrogen sulphide gas have continued to fall.

The leak started under a field about 100m (328ft) from the Forth on Monday.

Residents have complained of a smell similar to rotten eggs at the leak site in South Queensferry.

BP, which operates the pipeline, has apologised for the leak.

The pipe carries waste water used for cleaning equipment at BP’s Hound Point Terminal and links up with the Dalmeny oil storage tank facility near South Queensferry.

The oil company said the water contains only a small amount of impurities.

Lin Bunten, Sepa’s head of operations for the East of Scotland, said:

“The leak from the pipeline has slowed and work by BP has ensured that no further water is entering the Firth of Forth.

“Our airborne hazards emergency response vehicle, which was monitoring air pollution in the area, has shown that levels of hydrogen sulphide are very low, and continue to fall.

Firth of Forth
The leak was entering the Firth of Forth

“The focus now is on analysis and Sepa will be continuing to take samples of water and pipe contents, as well as samples from soil near the pipe leak, to ascertain what the trace elements contained in the seawater in the pipe are and what, if any, impact this spill has had on the Firth on Forth.”

Tom Moore, BP operations manager, said:

“BP is continuing remediation works following a discharge of water from an effluent pipeline linking the Hound Point terminal to the Dalmeny storage facility.

“The flow rate has been reduced to a trickle and water is no longer entering the Forth.

“Work is continuing to fully drain and repair the pipe.

“Work has continued overnight to contain and remove water collected in the bunds for off-site disposal.

“BP is continuing to fully co-operate with Sepa with regard to its response activity, and regrets any inconvenience caused to members of the public whilst the matter is being resolved.”

Read More on the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-15763614

Whale is freed from fishing nets off Dunbar

Humpback whale (generic)
The humpback whale was stuck in fishing nets 1.5 miles off the Dunbar coast

A 40ft-long whale has been successfully freed from fishing gear off the coast of East Lothian.

The humpback was reported trapped in a boat’s nets on Tuesday. It escaped but was then trapped again in a line of creels off the Dunbar coast.

The whale had suffered serious injuries to its back and dorsal fin but experts believe it will make a full recovery.

A team from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue was helped by Dunbar Lifeboat.

Ali Jack, national organiser of BDMLR for Scotland, said:

“We identified which line was coming from the whale and used six buoys to mark it.

“We managed to cut the line and at first the whale took off with the six buoys attached to it. It was like a scene from Jaws if you can imagine.

“We chased him for a bit in the lobster boat and cut the line with the buoys away.”

Whale’s injuries

Mr Jack said the whale, which was freed just before dark, appeared to have received some injuries during its attempts to escape.

He said:

“There were some wounds on the body as you could expect after the struggle. It might be a bit sore for a while but there was nothing we would consider as life-threatening.

“This rescue could not have taken place without the help of RNLI Dunbar, we simply could not have done it without them.”

Some members of the rescue team had come from Thurso in the far north of Scotland to try to free the whale.

A BDMLR spokesman earlier said the whale had been in distress because it had become “anchored” and had only been coming to the surface to breathe before disappearing under water.

Full Story on the BBC Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-15759179

JOHNNY KINGDOMS’ AUTUMN WATCH

BBC Autumnwatch started last night on BBC2 and we here at F&WN are delighted to report that our old friend Johnny Kingdom will be on the show.

BBC AUTUMN WATCH 2011

 The Autumnwatch Live team: Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games
The Autumnwatch Live team: Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

Autumnwatch has a new look this series with Michaela Strachan joining the team.

Check out the BBC NATURE WEBSITE HERE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/uk/

New toys for fun-loving polar bear

 

Picture: New toys for fun-loving polar bear

Splashing around: Walker is enjoying his new toys.

A fun-loving polar bear has been enjoying his new toys at the Highland Wildlife Park.

Two-year-old Walker has been given an old barrel, traffic cone and spare workman’s hard hat to play around with in his home in Kingussie.

The bear, who was brought to Scotland from Holland last November, had to have his tooth taken out in February but has recovered well.

Douglas Richardson, Animal Collection Manager for the Highland Wildlife Park, said: “A young male polar bear, Walker is packed with personality and is a playful and intensively curious animal, much like an overly large Alsatian puppy.

“However, being the size he is and with the strength he has, we have to choose his toys carefully.

“Large, pliable plastic objects seem to be his favourite as they can be bitten and crushed.

“His play with large plastic barrels is particularly interesting as much of his time is spent bouncing on them with his fore-paws, which is exactly the same behaviour that wild polar bears use to break through the ice into seal dens.”

Walker lived with Mercedes until her death in April.

 

 

Pure-bred Scottish wildcat hopes on male cat Fluffy

Scottish wildcats. Pic: Northpix Fluffy and Betty have been paired up in the hope they rear kittens

A wildcat that was hand-reared after being abandoned as a young kitten could play a part in raising more pure-bred members of the endangered species.

Fluffy has been paired up with an older female called Betty at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig.

Disease, habitat loss and cross breeding with domestic cats has caused a decline in pure Scottish wildcats.

About 400 cats are believed to survive in the wild. Scientists have suggested cloning as way to protect numbers.

Two-year-old Fluffy and Betty, who is five, were introduced by keepers four weeks ago.

Animal collection manager Douglas Richardson said: “The early signs are fairly promising, with Fluffy trying to initiate play but at the same time he is very respectful of the older female.

“We are very hopeful that they will breed in the future.”

He added: “Fluffy had a difficult start in life. He was abandoned as a five or six week old kitten and was partially hand-reared back to strength, but he is a bit on the small side.”

The park already has an established pair of wildcats – Hamish and Suzie – who had two kittens in March.

Keepers have just named the latest additions to the wildcat family, taking inspiration from lochs in the local area.

The female kitten is named Alvie and the male is named Garton.

A scientist who was involved in cloning Dolly the sheep 15 years ago has started work on a new technique to clone wildcats.

Embryologist Dr Bill Ritchie said the project could help protect the species which is thought to number about 400 cats in the wild.

Midlothian-based Moredun Research Institute is involved.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), which owns the Highland Wildlife Park, has previously suggested cloning wildcats.