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River Teith Piscivorous Bird Count

posted 24 Feb 2017, 02:12 by Communications TEAM
The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board are currently organising a Teith wide piscivorous bird count to determine the population of piscivorous birds (primarily cormorants, mergansers and goosanders) in the system and their impact on migratory fish. This survey has come around due to a number of anglers and proprietors voicing concerns to us about the number of birds on the river and the damage they are having on fish populations. We cannot verify these claims due to not having any information on quantities of piscivorous birds in the catchment so we have decided to carry out a catchment wide survey. To get an accurate number and follow a standard survey method, we will be following SNH’s guidance on simultaneous bird counts and have split the river into a number of survey sections but require more helpers to cover the full catchment. We are keen to have a variety of volunteers from different backgrounds and expertise on top of anglers and proprietors and would be grateful for any assistance which the ranger service may be able to provide.

The survey will take place on the 2nd April starting at 6.30am (sunrise) and should take no longer than 1 – 2 hours depending on survey section.

There will also be a training/information workshop on the 25th March at 10.30am in Callander (location tbc).

Bird Count Volunteers