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    Default Cull the Cormorant - A Petition to the Prime Minister

    After reading news of John Wilson's call for a cull of cormorants in this weeks angling rags I have decided to initiate an online petition to the Prime Minister for the cull of any cormorant caught more than five miles inland of the British coastline.

    Introduction to e-petitions | Number10.gov.uk

    Here is the substance of the petition to No10 ~

    Title: Cull all cormorants found more than five miles inland of the British coastline

    Detail: The cormorant has become a major threat to inland fisheries, all but wiping out silver fish stocks in many waters once teeming with these ecologically crucial species. They are currently consuming more of our silver fish stocks than Mother Nature and the Environment Agency combined, can ever hope to replenish.

    We petition the Prime Minister to initiate a cull to allow our fisheries respite from this relentless predatory bird.

    Duration: 6 months

    If you agree with this move then promise to promote the petition and publicise it in any way you can. Remember we have a general election coming up and there are four million anglers out there whose vote may well be wavering and looking for a secure home...

    If you have anything to add or subtract to my wording then please feel free to advise, it is very important that it comes across just so.
    Last edited by rufus; 16-02-2010 at 19:47.
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    Some sort of control is certainly necessary. My local canals ,lakes, rivers are virtually bereft of silver fish.. I am gutted. If cormorants ate songbirds at the same rate, they would almost certainly be culled. It's just that fish are not cuddly, and are invisible to Mr and Mrs J Public that nothing is done....

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    have you launched it yet

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    Yes I remember a call for tiggywinkle(Hedgehogs) to be culled on an island in the UK by a certain bird organisation because they were harming a bird population.They had no problem with calling for a cull when it suited them......I will sign the petition.
    Last edited by myketyke; 17-02-2010 at 09:39.
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    You can get a licence now from Defra to shoot so many cormorants per year and in many cases the EA will support your application. The stumbling blocks are that you can't shoot within so many yards of a public highway or footpath and with many fisheries there is such a path very close by.

    The AT can also help - IF you're a member.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Specihunter ( the Korum Kid) View Post
    have you launched it yet
    The petition will be launched at the end of the open season in one months time, on 15th March 2010.
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    cheers mate lets us know when you do

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    How many cormorants are allowed to be shot per year by a licence holder??? Not enough from what I've heard!

    Bounce this one back to the top when it goes live Rufus, my name will be on it...

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    A club that I'm involved with applied for a licence to cull. the water in question was only a couple of miles from an RSPB reserve, where 100's of cormorants roost in winter. So it was heavily visited by the "black death"
    Result...licence granted, allowed us to shoot 2 cormorants per year (no shooting them between april-october) and this was only granted after we had submitted numerous logged sightings and had tried bird scarers,starting pistols etc.
    Good luck Rufus. I'll certainly be signing your petition!!!!!!!!

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    We have a very similar problem in germany,

    In our club we have stretch of a small stream in which we have reintroduced salmon and only these is the reason why we get a permission (after writing several applications to get a hunter who owns the permission for the grounds to shoot a few of the birds.

    But this will scare only those birds that are hunting the stream. The colonies of these birds are protected and one "Wildlife Organization" is even protecting these birds ... And they have a strong lobby. They have elected the cormorant as "Bird of the year" ... Can you imagine that ?

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