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Digging Lugworm on the foreshore

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Harwich Shooter, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Harwich Shooter

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    Can you good folks enlighten me.

    I used to dig lugworm on copperas wood/bay, Ramsey, Harwich but since the land has been taken over (bought maybe?) by the RSPB 30 odd years ago they no longer allow me to dig my worms there.

    My question is:- Can they do this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. JD

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    Between the high and low water mark, you can go gathering, it is still a right to take food from the sea and foreshore.

    Regardless of this, they are still going to try and stop you, back fill your holes and turn your back to them.

    Just don't be seen to be worrying the birds, topless or feathered. ; ) lol
     
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    No worries mate just carry on they have no legal right to stop you
     
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    Just tell them to flock off.
     
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    This might help a little, but then again the answers are not binding, goggle the area and see if it carries any bye-laws attached, best bet, http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums...aws-on-bait-collecting?highlight=bait+digging theres a saying that nobody owns below waterline, not true im afraid in some cases, i would just check, no bye-laws then help yourself, i allways check as a slap on the wrist is starting to hurt nowdays atvb Dave
     
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    It's my understanding from having spent the last 45 years messing about in boats, both sail and power, that land may be held on the foreshore by private individuals or companies, it may also be rented / leased from the crown, by such individuals or companies, but only as far as the mean low water mark, this is usually taken to be the mean low water mark at spring tides. As has already been said, local bye laws can alter this state of affairs. This means that any individual that by means of lease or ownership that has rights to the foreshore, has the power to decide what may or may not take place on the foreshore, that includes access, laying moorings or digging bait. If the foreshore is owned and administered by the crown, then that is a different matter, unless as I have already said local bye laws apply to that foreshore.

    If you wish to dig bait on the foreshore, you should ascertain who owns it, and not take it for granted that you have a right to do so. In any case it's alway appreciated by all, if you have the courtesy to back fill the holes you dig, and not just walk off and leave them open. Please don't take the above as being legal advice, it isn't it's just what I have gleaned over the years.:)
     
  7. Harwich Shooter

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    Thanks guys. I will try to check the local byelaws for this.
     
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    When I lived in Denmark they had professional bait diggers to ensure they conserved the Lugworm beds and only they were allowed to dig for the worms. You bought your Lugworms out of slot machines all along the prom (Esbjerg) for 2 Krone, they were wrapped in newspaper and changed out daily if empty. This made sure no holes were left all over the beach and protected the environment.
     
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    How many Lug did you get for the 2 Krona Tom ?

    I find white worn when I dig Lug, your be hard pushed to find these worms for sale anywhere.
     
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    Hello JD, you got 25 Lugworm in those days (20 odd years ago) don't know what you get now, the Danes were very strict about digging for Lug hence they made sure only professional, licensed diggers could harvest them - this ensured that the worm beds were conserved and not totally stripped out, shame they never did it here.
     
  11. Harwich Shooter

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    Well I tried to find out if the RSPB own the copperas bay down to the low water but trying to search on Google did my head in. Anyways, I usually cycle down to Earlams beach where I can dig Lugworm to my hearts content.
     
  12. JD

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    Are they the snotty blacks or blow lugs your digging HS, and do you find any white rag in your area ?
     
  13. David M

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    I dig lug at a place called the Isle Of Grain where the river Thames and Medway meet. Fortunately there has never been any restrictions there at all, possibly because there's no beach as such, just 30 yards of sloppy mud then firm rippled sand. The mud stops anyone bothering to go out there who's not a bait digger. I picked up the big black lug for my Dad (human JCB..!!) 40 years ago, now sadly I'm out there on my own, there's the odd time when another digger may be out there unless there's plenty of fish about when a few more turn out. There's always loads of squirms and worms there though nowadays, still the same spit and a half down. For 40 years I've tried to work out if it's best to dig out an area, or dig out between squirm and blow hole then move on to the next. A mate of mine always digs a square area and reckons on getting 100 an hour to my 50, he may dig quicker though or just be a lucky git....:)
     
  14. Harwich Shooter

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    Morning JD. They are very nice blow lug, some of them are black in colour but they are not the black lug. Yes, I usually get about 6 white rag a session (not many)
     
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