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ChrisHGB
Apr-27-2017 @ 12:09 PM                           Permalink
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There are also 70+ pairs of Marsh Harrier in Norfolk not averse to young waterfowl.

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have not tried mud weight yet!

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Yes lots of Marsh Harriers... maybe they should be shot!!!
As far as I can see the wildlife on the Broads is as rich and diverse as at any point in my lifetime (I was born here). A natural balance seems to have been largely restored by allowing some predators back and sorting some issues like habitat and pollution.
That has been helped by some legislation and is also a feather in the cap of the BA.
In my opinion the conservation bodies have a mixed record. Some have been excellent both at their aims whilst facilitating other people and activities. Others have been exclusive, self centred and myopic.



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The effects that otters have on the fish population was clearly demonstrated about 3 years ago when there was an explosion of prymnesium between West Somerton and Potter Heigham.  There were massive numbers of dead fish lining both banks.  The fish varied in size from small fry to large bream and pike.
It's not that the otters were eating all the fish, its' that the fishermen are incapable of catching them.

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otters are a problem that will grow in my opinion

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How can the problem grow when as Marshman has already pointed out that the Broads are already full otter wise?

Otters had always been on the broads until man virtually eradicated them. The fish, birds and other wildlife survived their attentions for thousands of years and will do so into the future.

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