S&TA letter published in The Times

Sir, Anglers are not calling for a cull of swans, not are they “on the warpath” (report, August 23). What anglers are doing is calling attention to the deterioration of protected conservation habitats of chalk streams brought on by many contributing factors,

Sir, Anglers are not calling for a cull of swans, not are they “on the warpath” (report, August 23).
What anglers are doing is calling attention to the deterioration of protected conservation habitats of chalk
streams brought on by many contributing factors, including the removal of unsustainable amounts of water for
drinking and irrigation purposes, and pollution from pesticide and fertiliser use on the surrounding land.

We recognise that it is premature to suggest management solutions for the problems caused by swans: we are waiting
for the outcome of research to quantify the damage done by them, led by the Department for Rural Affairs.

From: Paul Knight, Director, Salmon & Trout Association.