Should fishing be banned at Abbey Fields?

Readers have reacted angrily to calls for fishing to be banned at Abbey Fields.

Wildlife lover Mick Cole fears illegal fishing at Abbey Fields lake is endangering the lives of birds.

Irresponsible fishermen and youngsters using the pool are leaving behind lines with floats and hooks which could kill swans, ducks and their young.

In the last months Mr Cole has helped rescue two swans which were in distress because of the lethal litter.

He said: "The line was around their feet and the swans couldn't paddle because it was like a shackle."


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From: JohnH


Re angling at Abbey Fields. Probably if Mr Cole and others were to track down and find the culprits, probably fishing unlicensed anyway, he /they would get a better response from responsible anglers in the area.

Please do not class all anglers as the same. I note from other stories 'travellers' are also causing problems. Anyone with an ounce of grey matter would tie the two together

From: Chris Goddard, Kenilworth.


With reference to your article about the anglers at the water and the swans which have become entangled.

Let me say I am an angler of some 41 years and sell fishing tackle. My considered opinion? If fishing is not allowed at this venue and is advertised, then all anglers(?) caught should be hung on an appropriate fence to be displayed as a warning to other anglers. Without exception! And if it can be proved they also left any litter, they should be hung drawn and quartered first then hung out!

But Mr Cole warned there was a further danger for birds which swallowed the line and choked to death.

He said fishermen use the lake despite a ban on angling, which is advertised on three signs – although these are often obscured by plants.

The resident of The Square wants Warwick District Council to enforce the fishing ban on the lake and protect other wildlife in the park by employing a full-time ranger.

He wants to keep the pond for families and those enjoying the park and said there was better sport in under-fished canals in Warwick.

RSPCA spokesman Judith Haw advised anglers everywhere to take all their line home at the end of the day, and destroy unwanted line by cutting it into short lengths and burning it. She said: "Every year inspectors are called out to rescue animals caught up in fishing lines. Litter is responsible for the death of many wild animals."

Mrs Haw urged park users:

Put rubbish in a plastic bag and tie it closed. Then dispose of it carefully.

Never leave baited tackle unattended - always remove the bait from the hook and place tackle in a safe place.

Look out for surrounding trees and hedges which could snag a line.

Use a bait box so that there is no chance of leaving an empty bait tin behind.

Take all rubbish home with you - drink cans, plastic and glass bottles, yoghurt pots and plastic beer can rings can all kill animals; safely dispose of any rubbish you see - even if it is not your own.

If you see an injured wild animal, please report it to the RSPCA on 0870 55 55 999.

A representative of Warwick District Council could not be contacted.