Illegal behaviour is threatening beautiful nature

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WHILE walking along the river bank of Spalding’s Coronation Channel, from Little London down to the bridge at Clay Lake and back the other side, I saw discarded fishing line, two men spinning for pike and perch with no other tackle, but carrying plastic bags.

There was a plug used for pike fishing, hanging on electric wires crossing the river at Clay Lake bridge, evidently cast off the bridge, with no wire trace fitted.

There were also about 100 discarded beer cans and many plastic bags. There are large amounts of dog faeces all along the river banks where people frequently walk their dogs. Near the water’s edge, at the base of a second willow tree 300 yards on the right hand bank of the lock gates on the Coronation Channel, were three empty beer boxes and 30 empty beer bottles.

The fish quota implemented on the Spalding town stretch of the River Welland leaves a loop-hole in the law, so that any person taking fish home to eat from any other river can claim that they caught the fish from the River Welland before moving to other rivers.

If there was a total ban put into place on all rivers of taking fish home to eat, then only the dedicated anglers who return their catch to the river would enjoy their sport. This would preserve fish stocks which feed wildlife, such as great Crested greebs, kingfishers and other fish-eating species.

Finally, I would suggest that signs be put up at access points on the rivers stating:

l No dog fouling

l No litter

l No fish to be taken

Fines of £500 will be made to any offenders breaking the law

This would clean up our environment and preserve the fish stocks so that responsible people could enjoy the beautiful nature in this area.

MR G KNOWLES

Whaplode

l Since writing this letter, Mr Knowles has contacted us to say the litter and dangling plug have been removed, but he believes the issues are a regular problem in that area.