Major Landslide on the Old Glen Road, Dunblane to Bridge of Allan

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The landslide occurred on the Dunblane end of the road just behind the bridge that goes over the Wharry burn.

This road is normally open to bikes and pedestrians as it was closed to traffic many years past.

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http://www.allanwaterherald.co.uk/news/councilnews/articles/2011/12/15/421180-landslide-is-just-a-minor-hiccup-on-a-job-well-done/

Salmon fishing season gets underway on banks of the River Tay

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas took the first cast on the river

THE salmon fishing season got under way today with a traditional ceremony on the banks of the River Tay.

A large crowd of anglers, local residents and members of the business community gathered by the famous waters near Dunkeld, Perthshire, to mark the opening of the 2012 season.

The honour of making the first cast of the year fell to football’s Steve Lomas, the St Johnstone manager.

William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said it was a “great day” for all those interested in angling.

He said: “At long last those of us who are really keen on angling are allowed to start fishing again. This is the opening of the 2012 season and anybody involved in angling at all is excited about today.

“It’s been an excellent turnout and so many different facets of the local community have been involved. A lot of that is down to the efforts of all the people who’ve laid on such a terrific facility for us.”

The crowds gathered at the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel for the landmark occasion.

Bagpipers led the onlookers from the hotel to the banks of the river, where they enjoyed a dram at the water’s edge.

In keeping with tradition, Mr Jack doused the rowing boats on the river with whisky, to wish them and their passengers well for the coming season.

In a further symbolic gesture, a dram was also poured into the river to keep the salmon “in good health”.

In his address to anglers, Mr Jack encouraged people of all ages and from all backgrounds to get involved in the sport.

He said later: “We’ve got something like 3,000 square miles of river here. We hope to attract as many anglers as we possibly can from all corners of the globe to fish.

“In recent years, more and more people from Scandinavia have been coming, but it isn’t just overseas fishermen we want to attract. Obviously it’s as many people as possible in the local area and from all age groups.

“We are concerned that young people see this as something which isn’t available to them. There’s a suggestion that fishing is perhaps a rich man’s past time.

“But we have something like 4,000 rod days available to let just in the next few weeks. Some 50% of them cost less than £30 for a day’s fishing. 95% of them cost less than £65 for a full day’s fishing. So I would suggest that puts salmon fishing in the reach of most people. Come and have a go. The price isn’t going to put you off. The experience will be one I think you’ll enjoy.

“There are lots of ways to get started. In most beats you will find somebody who will be able to give you instruction to get you started.”

Last year, anglers were encouraged to return the salmon they caught in a bid to conserve stocks.

Explaining the thinking behind that decision, Mr Jack said: “We have some serious problems at sea.

“Some 95% of the young salmon that leave this river to feed die before they get back here to spawn, so we’re now down to 5% survival, so there’s really a very serious issue.

“That’s why we asked anglers last year to please return fish to the river when they caught them. Now I’m absolutely thrilled to say that some 95% of all fish caught are safely returned, and we need it.”

 

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HAWK ATTACKS POODLE

FURIOUS residents have demanded answers after a dog-walker and her pet were attacked by a harris hawk in Broomridge.

Ethne Brown was exercising her 12-year-old toy poodle Buddy at the corner of Abbot Road and Pike Road when the bird struck on Saturday, January 7.

She said the raptor swooped on the terrified dog several times, taking a chunk from the elderly animal’s tongue and severely injuring its eye.

Nearby residents who keep birds eventually restrained the predator with leather straps before it was calmed and placed inside a police van.

The bird’s owner, who is believed to live in Alloa, has apologised, paid vet bills and sent some flowers to Mrs Brown.

Wallace Park resident Mrs Brown, secretary of Broomridge Community Council, said she and Buddy had been left traumatised by the incident.

She said:

“I’m sure people must be concerned that these birds can be kept as pets, allowed to go hungry and hunt in areas where there are people.

“The bird was used to being handled and had no fear of me. There are lots of elderly people who might have died if they had to experience something terrible like this.

“And that’s not to mention the possible danger posed to young children and babies, many of whom wear wee fluffy hats and coats which could make them look like a rabbit to a bird of prey.

“I think that local farmers should be informed in the run-up to lambing so their animals can be placed under cover and protected.

“Owning these birds is just as bad as having a dangerous dog, if not worse, as birds come out of the sky silently with vicious talons and beaks. It’s possible they could fly into a garden and attack small children or pets.

“I hope people can be stopped from owning such dangerous birds in areas where there are residents living and walking about.”

Mrs Brown’s husband Ian, a local councillor, contacted Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford to investigate what could be done to avoid a repeat of the incident.

Buddy is said to be recovering well from his injuries but remains shaken.

Local PC Matt Williams described the incident as “extremely distressing”.

He said:

“I have contacted the RSPB’s investigations team in Edinburgh and the SSPCA, as well as our own wildlife officer, who have confirmed that no offences took place as a result of this incident.

“But this story serves to illustrate two issues: we are always ready and willing to assist members of our communities when we can and we have contacts with a wide range of other agencies should we need their assistance.

“Harris hawks are quite a large bird of prey – up to 15’’ tall with a large wingspan – but incidents of this type are few and far between.”

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “The harris hawk is not a native species, therefore a licence is not required to own one.

“However, as they can be used to hunt the owner should always have the landowner’s permission to fly the bird over their land.

“This was a very unfortunate but, thankfully, rare incident and the bird owner took responsible action.

“We would expect the owner to take greater care when flying his bird in future and to select an appropriately remote location away from walkers and their pets.”

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