Alarming stuff. The population of the United Kingdom is going to increase by 10 million in the next 25 years. Soon we’ll be the most populous country in Europe even though our land mass is much smaller than many EU countries. OK, so what has this got to do with fishing?
- There will clearly be more pressure on the countryside as the need for new built up areas become inevitable as towns and cities are forced to expand.
- There will be more road traffic as you try to get to and from your favourite fishing venues. More road traffic also means more noise which in some venues will affect the tranquility of the fishing experience.
- There will continue to be an influx of people who don’t understand that we don’t eat our carp, pike, perch and other coarse fish. Furthermore they won’t know that when we fish we clear up our discarded line, hooks and other rubbish from our swim and the area around us. We even clear up the garbage left by others. More discarded fishing line and hooks = more blame being attached to the angling community as a whole for wildlife loss.
These are just some of the negative effects that uncontrolled population growth will have on the Angling Community in the coming years. I personally hope that David Cameron’s commitment to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands per year rather than the 400,000 or more per year it is at now actually sees the light of day.