Fish stocks being eaten by unwelcome visitors at Lincolnshire farm
THE owner of a popular East Lindsey fishing business is protecting his stock from the dangers of otters.
Andrew Talbot of Brewery Farm in Coningsby contacted the Target to explain to readers why a fence has gone up around his lake which now prevents dog walkers from walking their pets there.
As well as the threat to livestock from otters, Mr Talbot said other reasons for the fence include anti-social behaviour from a minority of dog owners and to protect livestock from some migrant workers who eat the freshwater fish they catch.
Mr Talbot said: "People have been walking their dogs on the public footpath for some time now and I'm afraid it is no longer possible to do so. I've been getting lots of questions as to why the fence has gone up and the primary purpose of it is to prevent otters in the River Bain from getting the fish.
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"Otters are a really big issue in the world of fishing . They can have a devastating effect on a lake's stock.
"There is no scheme in place to help fishery owners with this issue. There have been stories in the national press about otters decimating fishing lakes and our lake is our business.
"We have had other issues too. A community of migrant workers from European countries have been eating freshwater fish. That was quite a serious problem but in their home countries, it is ok.
"We have also had some issues with a minority of dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets. The majority of dog owners are responsible people but some do not clear up after their pets and some let their dogs in the lake."
Brewery Farm on Dog Dyke Road, situated close to the River Bain, is set away from the roads close to Coningsby Airfield.
The fishing lake has established carp and is popular with local people as well as holiday makers.