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Alan de Enfield

Another 'promotion' of the Canals

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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jul/29/narrowboat-boating-break-shropshire-union-canal-uk-wildlife

 

Heron ahead!” Up went the cry and we were transfixed as we glided towards this latter-day pterodactyl standing motionless on the canal bank. Then a sudden flurry. In the space of a few seconds it had plunged forward, plucked a fish from the water and swallowed it in a single gulp. Well, that’s to say the flapping fish disappeared after a single gulp. As it was somewhat on the large side, it took several more shakes of the heron’s neck for the unfortunate prey to make its final descent into the dark.

Over five days on the Shropshire Union Canal we had so many close encounters with herons – 30 … 40? – we lost count, and it became evident that they were as integral to the scenery as the fields, woods, hedges, wharfs and canalside pubs our hired narrowboat floated past.

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And freebie holiday on a top boat for her and three of her mates.  No wonder it sounds idyllic.  £7-800 holiday plus a fee for writing a short puff piece.

 

Gisajob ...

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There do seem to be a lot of Heron about not to mention plenty of other water birds this year.  Could it be a consequence of  reduced pollution and relative lack of disturbance in the earlier part of the year ? 

Don't mention it to C&RT as they may impose a closed season .

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4 hours ago, Rumsky said:

Makes me want to try it. 

I prefer my fish in small forkfulls, usually cooked in white wine.

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It's a pleasingly written, atmospheric little piece which will present a positive image of canal holidays to the casual reader.

    I do find it irritating when people mix up metric and imperial measures, but some will not mind this.

 

The bit of woffle from The Guardian at the end is also annoying. It burbles on about their core mission to expose injustice, incompetence, blah blah....er, you're a newspaper. Isn't your "core mission" to print the news?

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The heron local to me prefer the River Anker to the Coventry Canal.

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