RIVER ALLAN BANKINGS BEING REBUILT

ScotRail this morning are mending the banks to reinforce after significant damage done by the heavy spates.

R.F.&.T.A.A. FISHING COMPETITION 2011

HURRY ! HURRY ! HURRY !

Do you think you have what it takes to be the ‘Fisher King !’  of the water ?

This years Fishing Competition is about to begin soon,

The competition begins -

 Saturday 9th July  at 8am and finishes at 5pm.

 The winner is the fisherman who returns the heaviest salmon of the day back to river alive and unharmed.

The ‘First Prize’ is a magnificent Salmon Conservation Trophy and a ‘bottle of the best malt !’ 

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The sponsors of the competition is > Alloa Hire Centre and Stirling Council Fisheries.

The Committee and Members of R.F.&.T.A.A  wish all those taking part all the best and tight lines!!!

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An entry ticket for the day costs £2and can be purchased from the Secretary  Colin Statter along with a set of conditions and rules.

SPECIAL WILDLIFE PROSECUTION TEAM, SET UP

New team of specialist prosecutors to be appointed to handle Wildlife and Environmental Crime

The prosecution of wildlife and environmental crime is to be enhanced by the appointment of a team of full-time prosecutors, the Solicitor General Frank Mulholland QC has announced.

A team of three specialists will investigate, mark and prosecute all cases involving crimes against wildlife and the environment in Scotland. Their remit will also include cases of animal cruelty.

The team will be managed by Tom Dysart, Area Procurator Fiscal for Ayrshire, who currently leads COPFS in this area of law.

They will be supported, by Alex Prentice QC, Assistant Principal Advocate Depute. He was appointed Crown Counsel for wildlife cases in February 2010 and will present the Crown case in any criminal appeals.

The appointment of full-time specialists builds on work already undertaken by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to tackle wildlife crime more effectively.

The specialists will be spread across Scotland, but will work together to share knowledge and experience of cases.

The Solicitor General, Frank Mulholland, QC, said:

“COPFS is committed to tackling crimes against Scotland’s precious wildlife and environment.

“Our network of wildlife and environmental prosecutors has already demonstrated the benefits of having specialists deal with this complex area of law.

“We are now appointing a team of three full-time specialists, who will continue to develop the skills and knowledge required to deal with these cases.

“Crimes against our wildlife and environment are important as they affect the environment in which we live, and the legacy we leave to future generations.

“We are aware that serious and organised crime groups may be becoming involved in environmental crime. The new team of prosecutors will work closely with COPFS civil recovery and criminal confiscation specialists.

“I am confident the new team will further enhance the working relationships we already have with investigating agencies, including the police and wildlife organisations.”

Tom Dysart said:

“Environmental and wildlife crimes are serious offences which blight our landscape and natural heritage. Environmental crime has the potential to affect public health.

“The COPFS network of specialist prosecutors has now been in place for several years and has contributed to more effective investigation and prosecution of environmental and wildlife crime.

“I commend my colleagues in the present specialist network for their enthusiasm and commitment in this important area of our work and I look forward to managing the new dedicated team of specialist prosecutors.

“Scotland’s prosecutors are committed to providing a powerful and effective deterrent to those who commit crimes against wildlife and the environment. We are determined to ensure that COPFS plays its part in ensuring that Scotland’s rich and diverse natural heritage is protected.”

Calum MacDonald, SEPA’s Director of Operations, said:

“SEPA welcomes the creation of a specialist team of fiscals whose sole or principal role is the prosecution of environmental or wildlife crime. These fiscals will have the time to develop a high level of specialism in these areas, without the practical limitations of also carrying a significant additional caseload.

“SEPA also welcomes the appointment of Alex Prentice QC as specialist Crown Counsel for environmental crime in addition to his wildlife crime responsibilities.

“These initiatives will further strengthen the partnership working between SEPA and COPFS, and build on the success of the existing Protocol between these bodies in respect of the prosecution of environmental crime.”

SUMMERTIME BEGINS BUT ITS A WASHOUT !

Central Region Flooded

Summertime officially began yesterday but you would be forgiven in thinking this was the beginning of Autumn as the whole of the Central Region was battered by incessant rain.

With the longest day now come and gone, things aren’t looking bright for a hot Summer, in fact June has had an unusually high amount of rainfall and the weathmen are forcasting much of the same for July.

The stores in the high street are reporting poor sales in summer clothes and barbecue stuff, only the umbrella and waterproof items are selling well.

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Dunblane Flooded

 This picture was taken today in Dunblane overlooking the River Allan.

Flooding is very high and with more rain to come caution is advised when walking along the pathways.

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Bannockburn Flooded

The Bannock Burn (pic left) is has burst its banks and the pathway under theThunderBridge is about 10 inches underwater.

Walkers are advised to stay clear until the water subsides.

 

 

 

Short Video Showing the flood water in the Bannock Burn.

R.F.T.A.A FISHERMEN BREAK THE ASSOCIATION’S RECORD FOR LARGEST SALMON

Tam catches a Whopper !

R.F.T.A.A Member, Tom Kristiansen caught this 27lb, Spring  Cock Salmon at Callander on the 24th May 2011.

Tom who usually fly fishes caught it spinning on high water, well done Tam!

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Clint catches the biggest Last Year !

Clint Doig of the River Forth and Teith Anglers Association hooked this monster 38lb salmon at the dykes pool spinning last season 2010.

Clint released the salmon back to the river unharmed to continue its journey upstream to the spawning beds well done Clint!

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Get in contact with us through Colin or the website

WARNING: WILDLIFE CROSSING TO DRIVERS

Drivers need to be extra vigilant of young wildlife crossing along busy roads 

This young deer was killed at Lecropt, just above Bridge of Allan yesterday.

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Drivers on the roads are getting the warning to be on alert after a number of roe deer have been knocked down and killed on scottish roads over the past two weeks.

Young roe deer at this time are venturing further afield from the adults looking for new pasture the youngsters have no road sense and just run out into the oncoming traffic with tradgic results.

The motorists have no chance of avoiding them, they are too quick and the damage that are caused to the cars after being hit can run into hundreds of pounds to repair motorists are urged to be excellent vigilant not at just this time of year but also throughout the rest of the season.

SCOTTISH WATER VOLE INTRODUCTION AFTER 30 YEAR ABSENCE HAILED A SUCESS

Picture: Scottish water vole introduction after 30-year absence hailed a success

Project: Water voles have been successfully re-introduced to a forest in Aberfoyle.

The first reintroduction of water voles in Scotland after a 30-year absence has been hailed a great success by conservationists.

The project started in 2008 with the aim of re-introducing a population of water voles to the Loch Ard forest near Aberfoyle, Stirling.

Upland water voles had historically been found in the area, but due to habitat loss and heavy predation from the introduced American mink, the population had become extinct.

Now in its third year, having improved the habitat for the water voles, the initiative led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is moving into a phase of monitoring the established population.

James Silvey, project officer for the Trossachs intiative, said: “The water vole is Britain’s fastest declining mammal with populations having gone through a catastrophic decline of over 90 percent since the 1950s.

“Since the first release in 2008 a dedicated team of project staff and volunteers have surveyed the released water voles, which is how we know how well they’ve been doing today.

“Survey results show that all original release sites still contain a significant population of water voles. In addition, ten brand new areas where water voles have dispersed to by themselves have also been recorded.

“This means that only three years since the first release, water voles have expanded out of the original release area and colonised surrounding patches of good riparian habitat – a fantastic result. We will now focus our survey efforts on these areas to find out just how far water voles have gone.”

The project hopes for the continued spread of water voles out of the original release area and into surrounding suitable habitat.

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