New rules for Bass fishing 2016

Recreational fishing for bass

If you are a recreational fisherman in the North Sea and Western waters you are subject to the limitations below:

Sea Area ICES Division 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 1 July 2016 to 31 December
North Sea IVb, IVc Catch and release only 1 bass per fisherman per day
East Channel VIId, VIIe Catch and release only 1 bass per fisherman per day
Celtic Sea VIIf, VIIg Catch and release only 1 bass per fisherman per day
Irish Sea VIIa Catch and release only 1 bass per fisherman per day
South West Approaches VIIh Catch and release only 1 bass per fisherman per day
West of Ireland VIIj, VIIk 1 bass per fisherman per day 1 bass per fisherman per day

This applies whether you are fishing from a vessel or from the shore.

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Winter bird watching

30/1/16 Bird watching trip to Loch Ryan and West Freugh. Greenland White Front, Pink Footed, Brent, Canada and Greylag Geese, Great Crested and Slavonian Grebes, Eider, Scoter, Scaup, Wigeon, Merganser, Goldeneye and Long Tailed Ducks with Red Throated Divers and a murmuration of Starlings to end the day.

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2016

January 2016
The geese are starting to build up in some numbers here with 1500 plus Barnacles Geese on Wigtown Bay, numbers of Greylags Pinkfeet, Greenland White Fronts, Pale Bellied Brent Geese can be easily spotted close to the shore a few Canada Geese are found around the larger Lochs, close inspection of the wildfowl flocks could turn up a rare bird or two for the fortunate bird watcher. The Grebes, Sea-ducks and Divers are now established around Loch Ryan and Luce Bay. Some of the white winged gulls are on the coast but they are a little hard to find among the flocks of black headed and herring gulls but the persistent observer can sort them out in time.
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4/11/15

At Wigtown Bay LNR

Damp and overcast at the Guide in the Hide today Highlights were 5 Little Egret, a flush of 33 Snipe, and a Water Rail showing close to the hide, several sets of fresh Otter tracks leading up from the river indicated a bit of early morning moment. Come along to next weeks free event 11th November at 1.00pm as the “Winter bird watching is getting better by the day”

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Wigtown Bay birdwatching

28/10/15

Over 1000 Golden Plover flying over the area today with another 38 Species seen from the Hide in Wigtown Bay, including 60 plus Barnacle Geese, 40 plus Greylags, a Peregrine, Redwings and Fieldfares. 5 Little Egret were close to the Martyrs stake and a pair of Little Grebes feeding on sticklebacks in the wetland.

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Guide in the Hide

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Geese in the winter Wigtown Bay LNR

Wigtown Bay LNR every Wednesday 1.00pm to 3.00pm the DG Rangers Service and Isle Adventures are proving another season of free events, “Guide in the Hide” So drop in and view the local bird life, spotting scopes and binoculars are available for you to check your bird identification skills using field guides (help provided too) 21/10/15 Today we had 32 species of birds including Shoveler, 70+ Teal, 40+ Redwing, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, 5+ Snipe, Greylags and 2 Little Grebe feeding on Sticklebacks close to the hide. More and more birds will be arriving throughout the winter adding to the wildlife experiences.

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Down in the sea.

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Gary Farr took some great photos while diving with Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club around the Isle of Whithorn Sunstar, Tom pot blenny, Lobster and Crab

 

 

 

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October Sunshine

13/10/15

October sunshine – Pollock, Flatfish Mackerel, Dogfish and “Rockfish” today – we have had a record number of rocks caught today with more than 10 encrusted boulders hauled aboard of varying sizes …. small Octopus also returned after a photo opportunity.P1010068P1010074

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