Friday, 4 July 2014

Swan rescues and safer moorings

By Pip Noon, Deputy Head of Ranger Services

A Waveney Ranger rescued a swan with a fishing hook in its mouth after spotting it while on patrol at Oulton Broad . He was able to capture the bird before taking out the hook and releasing it again.

Rangers across the area have been strimming and mowing mooring sites and pathways to ensure safe access for members of the public.

And the crew aboard the Spirit of Breydon helped two vessels which had gone aground on Breydon Water,  offering re-assurance to the people on board. Breydon Ranger Steve Williams was interviewed by BBC Radio Norfolk about safe crossing of Breydon Water on Friday 4 July.

Rangers have also been carrying out radar speed checks on the lower Yare, where they helped a boat off the mud at Polkey’s Mill, and undertaking joint patrols with Broadsbeat and EA fisheries officers at Wroxham and Norwich.

A number of anglers have received contravention notices for failing to produce a valid rod licence. Each offence carries a potential fine if convicted of £2500. The annual rod licence, in comparison, costs only £27.

On Tuesday 1 July, the Hardley launch was deployed to escort a large BA workboat ‘Shoveler’ from Reedham onto the Chet and rangers marshalled powerboat racing on Oulton Broad, Thursday 2 July during the afternoon and evening. Rangers also provided launch support for planning officer investigations on 2 July.

 Northern rivers rangers arranged for the Wroxham boat shed to be emptied ahead of a construction project. The building has developed structural issues due to subsidence. Alternative arrangements to house the patrol launch ML Yare have been made.

On Saturday 28 June, a training session on power tools and equipment use was run by the Yare/Whitlingham Ranger for Ranger volunteers at Whitlingham Country Park. This training counts towards Level 2 in the 3-tier training scheme for Ranger volunteers. Thirteen volunteers attended the day.

One of the old patrol launches which remains for sale by sealed bids was taken from dry moorings at Thorpe Dockyard to Potter Heigham on Thursday 3 July.

Between patrols and maintenance duties, Rangers have been distributing more copies of the free Broadcaster publication to various outlets.

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