However it is often the emotive issue of goosanders
and cormorants that concerns anglers.
If the ospreys are currently plundering the waters of Africa, there are herons, cormorants, otters, goosanders
and now kingfishers to ensure that fish of any and every size are pursued.
The Angling Trust, of which many of our local clubs are members, has launched the "Cormorant Watch 2" website, and are asking for our help as anglers, to register sightings of cormorants and goosanders
The Tywi valley is but one of many in Wales overrun by cormorants and goosanders
, which eat their own bodyweight of juvenile salmon and sea trout on a weekly basis.
Male and Female Goosanders
in South Park Darlington, by Ray Simpson of Marske
On our rivers and coasts are hundreds of fish-eating birds like goosanders
, mergansers, cormorants and shags, all of which cause major damage to juvenile salmon.
As well as an open forum session other items on the agenda include fisheries enforcement and the volunteer bailiff service by Giles Evans, Angling Trust regional enforcement manager and a talk entitled protecting your waters from cormorants and goosanders
will be given by Richard Bamforth, Angling Trust fisheries management advisor.
The brainchild of the Angling Trust, the sport's governing body, the aim is to get cormorants and goosanders
placed on to the 'general licence' list, meaning that they can be controlled in the same way as birds like rooks and magpies wherever they are deemed to be a threat to other wildlife.
RSPCA chiefs said goosanders
are large ducks, found in many rivers and lakes in the UK.
, or common mergansers, have an appearance which reflects their predatory lifestyle.
Themenalsohada toughday inthe club match at Penywern Middle Pond, where a flock of goosanders
had descended on the lakebefore the match and plundered the fish.
There are three types of woodpecker there--lesser-spotted, great-spotted and green--as well as other birds, including warblers, flycatchers, nuthatches, treecreepers and goosanders