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  1. This time of year is often the best time to see the birds in particular as they come out of "hiding" and become more visible. As far as bitterns are concerned, the creation of large reedbeds opposite on the new reserve will help greatly - hang on a bit more and I guess it won't be long, although they are naturally shy. Its rare to see them on the ground as they quickly dart back into cover, and with two exceptions, the only time I have seen them, they have been in flight. I hear and take on board all the comments about devastation of certain species, but its inevitable that birds move around and many of what we knew as Broadland birds have moved in part northwards due to warming temperatures. There was a report some weeks ago , a pretty general one I have to admit, showing that whilst levels do fluctuate for many reasons, the overall trend remains broadly similar. I am not going to be dragged into a debate here as a general discussion on the findings of this report but while some have gone, others have replaced them, and birds we would never dreamed of seeing in Broadland are now taken for granted. Like PW, I love the Broads and its wide variety of wildlife and bless how lucky I am to see what I see, old and new.
  2. There is certainly a book about Herbert Woods as I have a copy somewhere, and there is also one about the Elanco story (Landamores). But plenty of books on the Broads generally and Black Sailed Traders by Roy Clark on the wherries. That is currently being reprinted by his family and will be out before Christmas I believe.
  3. You must be walking along a different rhond to me then!!!!! Or perhaps their "southern" cousins have a soft streak in them!!!
  4. I hope no one will take any offence, but I thought I would comment a little on the wildlife snaps!! The first one on Tue 12th is presumably by Hardley Flood and is of a Little Egret - I cannot see its feet but they should be yellow. If it had been bigger, it would probably have been a Great Egret - the latter are now more common but there indeed are lots of the Little Egrets around and they breed regularly in Broadland. Had you seen either a few years ago you would have been lucky - more evidence of climate change to those unbelievers! You are also right about the Little Grebe - again this time of year there are lots about on the river. It is a relatively shy bird you hardly ever see in summer as they brood and rear their chicks on the drains in the marshes but about October, out they come onto the main rivers and on a good day in the the winter, you can often see quite a few. Bit worried though about your "moorhen" on the next morning though!! Most likely a hen pheasant or possibly even a chicken but definitely not a moorhen - they are smaller and have feet with a type of web on them to aid swimming and that certainly does not have that!!
  5. Interesting that but don't hold your breath thinking that the Blofelds will suddenly start caring about others - its not a characteristic of any of the large landowners in the Broadland area - sadly!! As far as I am aware and expect, they will continue to hold the view that "whats mine is mine and not for sharing with the low life" as they have for many years - not sure they will change now although it would be nice to think that they might!!!
  6. Apparently there was some interest in the boat, but she was not sold. As you surmised she is now I understand back in the fleet and presumably will go back to patrolling Breydon, and breaking down!!! What interest there was, apparently came from the South Coast, or at least in that general direction.
  7. Being lazy I know, but would someone care to stick the link in????
  8. Pete - I no longer sail boats I can easily fall off. If I sail at all, its in half deckers with proper seats onto which I can relax!! As you say its important one knows ones own limitations!
  9. Oh dear - the peace of the afternoon has now been despoiled. I have a picture in my brain of a large gentleman falling overboard from a pretty sailboat - but unable to reboard and the boat sailing away into the sunset. I see a couple of fellers rushing down a short slip and into a small pram dinghy and starting with some difficulty an old Century Plus outboard ( well it wouldn't start first time! ) and then "racing " across Oulton to save this floundering gentleman, and then towing him gently back to the slip - well like all Seagulls it only went flat out! They then staggered down the slip to drag this beached old chap up the slip - but unable to do this the more elderly one rushed back up the slip to grab the hawser of an old wherry winch to hook it onto his life vest and then, oh the ignomimy of it, seeing him winched back up and helping him to his feet, standing shaking like an old mutt. Oh dear how will I rid myself of this vision in front of me.....!!!
  10. It is indeed BUT I can guarantee you only a small proportion will be fitted correctly AND the daily checks necessary are rarely carried out, let alone the servicing! As PW says and John confirms, life jackets must fit properly for them to be effective and they must also be the top garment worn, necessitating much fiddling with the adjustment when you put on / take off coats, jumpers etc. This not always as easy as some propound. Chris kindly posts "the simple explanation" - not simple to me, as reading that it confirms that vests may be most appropriate in the Broads. It says clearly "...if you are going to be out of the water more than you'll be in the water, and still manage to see the shoreline, then the buoyancy aid is the most appropriate piece of safety kit" . Sounds pretty clear to me! There is a real danger on a thread like this, individuals will think an auto inflate will automatically save your life and that is NOT the case - you still must take care on a boat, fit a jacket correctly and tight, carry out regular checks on the bottle and get them serviced by a competent person. Think very carefully before choosing either system though and if you want to consider the benefits propounded by an old sea dog like Mr Waller of a fitted buoyancy aid, then don't just discard that idea and the idea of a modern vest. (All comments made with the aim of providing balance in any discussion!!!)
  11. Well said PW!!! Everyone goes on endlessly about life jackets and yet I was advised by a leading body of safety examiners for water based activities to seriously consider ditching the auto inflates we use, for safety vests! Now I know many will think I am making it up, but remember most life jackets are designed to work at sea and yet with the exception of Breydon on a very rough day, we have calm waters and access to a bank, mostly, within 20 metres. For what its worth, their advice is that a well fitting vest will provide sufficient buoyancy without the problems of the auto inflates. You should for example check an auto inflate EVERY time you use it to ensure the gas bottle is tight - it is really quite common for these to work loose and I have found them missing altogether. Some people also find the auto inflates difficult to adjust, and as you have to adjust them for every piece of clothing you add, or talk off this can be a nuisance - they also have to be fitted carefully and I guess, at least 50% of those I see fitted, are just not tight enough in the first instance. Some may find vests easier This is not to say I do not advocate NOT wearing an auto inflate, but you should try and fit a vest before deciding finally - they may not turn you up the right way but unless you knock yourself out, that is not really an issue and they will never not fire for several reasons!!
  12. Don't think the Diamond 35 is noted for its lack of headroom - although I cannot recall how tall it is. Do not remember anyone saying its too low either. Cannot have it both ways - has an air draft, or mine does of 6'7" and although not been under Potter, thats due more to the beam rather than height. And I would rather sail north of the bridge! Heres one https://www.norfolkboatsales.co.uk/used-boats/aquafibre-35-diamond-benmore-683.asp - although a well used one! and a very posh one although built by Sheerline https://www.norfolkboatsales.co.uk/used-boats/sheerline-35-lily-906.asp
  13. The boats CAN go through through the bridges - on suitable tides!! I am not a lawyer, nor profess to be one, but methinks the Sale of Goods Act might just be a stretch too far!!
  14. AF 37 every day over the Lowliner - but then there will always be someone to advise you otherwise! Personally I prefer the AF 35 Diamond anyday, but thats a personal view as I have one! You also need to think about your budget but remember, what works for someone, will not work for another! Thats just life!!
  15. ST - I think it will cope with Acle Bridge!! That has a clearance of 12' at AHW. I personally think that both the BA and the yards should continue as now - err on the side of caution. If they made it "exact" there would be more accidents especially as lots of hirers do seem to be unable to read in many cases, and making it "exact" would encourage more to try. Believe me it would!!! If they really want to explore the upper reaches of the Ant, there are many many boats available to do this; do people really take holidays without doing the research? There are plenty of places where bridge heights are available - read the info available and take advice if you need to seems a good idea....! Why should anyone expect a refund when talking about tides - are tides predictable?Not as far as I am aware!
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