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An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to the see the natural world as a place for competition, that was until Covid-19 intervened!. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Looking ahead

I don't always see future planning as a good thing, it's like you're wishing your life away. My philosophy is very much biased towards taking each day as it comes - grasp every opportunity as it arises, so to speak. Yet this is not a practical way to live and obviously there has to be a degree of planning to maintain some sort of order amidst the random chaos.
I'm keeping a close eye on the weather predictions for East Kent and, if they are to be trusted, this cold snap ends today and it's all up-hill from here. It looks like Sunday afternoon might just provide an eel angling session, I'll know more closer to the weekend. Plus; given the projected rise in temperatures, there might well be scope for some carp fishing? I've got a cupboard full of dried particles, awaiting preparation, prior to a sustained period of pre-baiting. I have heard rumour of some decent fish being present in a small flight pond, out on the marsh. With the duck shooting season over (away from the foreshore) on Jan 31st, I should be able to tap up the land owner and get a couple of sessions in before the pool needs to be rested for the breeding season (duck's that is - not fish!) It's a situation ideally suited to using the Mk IV - so here's hoping.
One of the consequences of having a larder full of dried seeds is the occurrence of pesky micros who's larva feed on the stored fruits. I got home last night to discover an Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) flying around the kitchen light. Quickly potted up and placed in the fridge - I grabbed a few shots this morning, the first live one I've seen and number one on the 2016 Dumpton moth list!
The start of another year's mothing!


  1. In the Daily Telegraph today (Weds) there is a photo of Britain's last traditional eel catcher in his punt on the Norfolk Broads. He has had to pack up due to falling stocks of eels making it untenable, his family have been doing it since 1475. Perhaps you might become one of the last eel fishermen.

    1. Derek, I have just had a quick look at the National Anguilla Club's website. This is the oldest, of the established, single species groups, founded in 1962 and currently boasting a membership in excess of 100 (including a small junior section). When compared to the massive following modern day carp are able to attract - they are a very rare angler indeed. The demise of the Norfolk eel catcher is a direct consequence of water quality as much as over-fishing by the commercial elver catchers in the mouths of the major river systems.
      Although I am not a member of this, or any other, club - I have yet to meet another eel angler on my travels. It would appear that I am one of a very scarce and secretive bunch? - Dyl

  2. Scarce and secretive is fine by me Dyl. Enjoy it while you still can.