Fishing on the Ythan estuary, Newburgh

Fishing on the Ythan estuary, Newburgh

Controversy continues to dog the seal colony at the Ythan river estuary, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. On October 5th 2012 at 7.30pm, Matthew Will was out shooting ducks at the mouth of the Tarty Burn. The shoreline there is part of the Forvie Nature Reserve, and the estuary is one of Scotland's best sea trout fisheries. Matthew was accompanied by his trained gun-dog, a black lab called Fly.

Fly's fate was sealed when he went into the estuary to retrieve a downed duck. A large grey seal pulled him underwater. Both of Fly's hind legs and his ribcage were crushed. His left eye was torn out. Matthew had no option but to shoot Fly.

Since July 2012, signs erected to warn owners that seals may attack dogs in the water have been torn down and vanished. Seal colony numbers on the Ythan have increased to over a thousand in recent years. Unsurprisingly but rarely, seals will defend and react aggressively if threatened. It's more likely if they've got young to protect. 2012 was a record year for grey seal pupping on the East coast.

Given his love for shooting and decimation of wildlife, it's only a matter of time before Donald Trump pops up at the estuary and shoots everything that moves. Flying a huge jet at 800' down the river for a birds-eye view of his golf development - as happened in 2012 - certainly terrified residents, walkers and all other living creatures.

Contact us for details of Marine Scotland's proposed seal haul-out sites (November 2015 update).
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Fishing on the Ythan estuary, Newburgh

Fishing on the Ythan estuary, Newburgh

Controversy continues to dog the seal colony at the Ythan river estuary, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. On October 5th 2012 at 7.30pm, Matthew Will was out shooting ducks at the mouth of the Tarty Burn. The shoreline there is part of the Forvie Nature Reserve, and the estuary is one of Scotland's best sea trout fisheries. Matthew was accompanied by his trained gun-dog, a black lab called Fly.

Fly's fate was sealed when he went into the estuary to retrieve a downed duck. A large grey seal pulled him underwater. Both of Fly's hind legs and his ribcage were crushed. His left eye was torn out. Matthew had no option but to shoot Fly.

Since July 2012, signs erected to warn owners that seals may attack dogs in the water have been torn down and vanished. Seal colony numbers on the Ythan have increased to over a thousand in recent years. Unsurprisingly but rarely, seals will defend and react aggressively if threatened. It's more likely if they've got young to protect. 2012 was a record year for grey seal pupping on the East coast.

Given his love for shooting and decimation of wildlife, it's only a matter of time before Donald Trump pops up at the estuary and shoots everything that moves. Flying a huge jet at 800' down the river for a birds-eye view of his golf development - as happened in 2012 - certainly terrified residents, walkers and all other living creatures.

Contact us for details of Marine Scotland's proposed seal haul-out sites (November 2015 update).
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