Bewdley is safe to fish

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GOZZER

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Two years ago a woman called Jan Harrigan tried to get fishing banned in Bewdley like she had done in Worcester and Stratford on the grounds that the River was being poisoned by lead in the water from Anglers and this was killing the swans,so she wanted to create a no fishing sanctuary for the swans there,no problems with that after all we all love swans BUT was she right.

The EA have conducted a lengthy survey into this and there results are very different to hers,she was way off the mark in the first place as she said split shot was to blame to a point,Rubbish because no lead is used in split shot now so that leaves ledgers and yes lead is used in these but surely a few lost ledgers was not causing this lead poisoning but she said it was,everyone knows she was very anti Angling and that was the real reason for this in my opinion but now the news is in after the survey.

The Rivers have a high lead content in the sediments but not through Angling,it was found that the River walls had lead lining and this had eroded away over time and was now in the sediments plus Bewdley was a place where Pewter was made years ago and the water used came from and went in to the River carrying a high level of lead with it and that now lies in the sediment as well,lead shots was found but these was from shot guns and pellet guns nothing to do with fishing,only a small number of ledgers was found and these unless eaten prove no harm at all.

Jan Harrigan wanted to make a swan sanctuary on a part of the river that was poisonous to the swans and thanks to the likes of Des Taylor and co who marched over the Bewdley Bridge in protest over this two years ago these swans ARE safe thanks to us Anglers NOT Jan Harrigan who now will not even say sorry or no comment on this subject,i wonder why?....we need to get other surveys carried out on these other areas she had closed because as DT says these other areas are just the same and the swans that are there are in danger of poisoning as well but not through us Anglers as SHE thinks or says but through years of misuse by industries and old workings,lets get the facts right for once and show this woman for what she is a anti Angler full stop!
 

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well done to the guys that protested and also the EA for listening and conducting their own survey
 
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