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Duncan Dimbleby


Male Posts : 71
Join date : 2010-02-10
Age : 47
Location : Windsor, Berkshire.

PostSubject: Mink   Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:39 pm

I don't know how widespread these nasty little elongated black rats are on the lower but their numbers seem to be increasing on the middle around Windsor. I'm not spending any more time on the river than I used to but I'm seeing more of them, 4 in the last week.

List your sightings here but I'm guessing they are pretty much everywhere and multiplying like rabbits ! Anyone ever had one of these rear up and show it's teeth ? , daft though it sounds but I've heard it happen to some anglers.

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Richard Crimp

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Join date : 2010-01-20
Age : 52
Location : London

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:42 pm

I've seen them on the Mole by Hampton Court station, and between Molesley and Sunbury.

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Chris Daphne

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Join date : 2010-01-28
Location : Highlands of Scotland

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:22 pm

I have just seen one in our area in the highlands. This is possibly the most Northerly sighting on the mainland. I have installed Mink rafts in various locations to ascertain what the spread is. don't know if you have heard of these i will e-mail the details of these and guidelines regarding Mink.
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Chris Daphne

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PostSubject: Re: Mink   Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:42 pm

This is a mink raft in situ, the inquisitive nature means they will investigate the box, inside is a clay pad, they will leave footprints, once they have been positively id then a trap can be placed inside. A very simple design yet very effective.
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Martin Saunderson


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Join date : 2010-07-25
Location : kingstone

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:40 pm

i have seen them on the mead section of the river bourne last summer
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Neil Depledge


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Join date : 2010-01-21
Age : 65
Location : Ashford, Middx

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:43 pm

A mate of mine had one run in front of him at Windsor Racecourse weir pool the other day.
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Phil Adams


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Join date : 2010-01-29
Age : 64
Location : Maidenhead

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:37 am

Three (I think they were juveniles) ran out from cover towards me about a month ago. Two went past my feet and one under my chair while I was sat upon it. Was on a private lake nr Windsor. Cheeky little sods. I have also seen mink putting on a swimming display on Windsor Racecourse a few years ago, I think that was also a group of 3 but it looked like 2 adults and a juvenile. Never had one get aggressive with me, but have heard it from other anglers.
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Andy Banham


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Join date : 2010-06-18
Age : 50
Location : essex

PostSubject: mink   Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:51 pm

there is a trap like that on my river, the farm managers caught over 30 in two years. he puts golf balls in the trap and he reckons the mink thinks there eegs. i think they are just nosy.
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Chris Daphne

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PostSubject: Re: Mink   Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:31 pm

Yes Andy, they very inquisitive and tend to investigate things like tunnels. The picture above is a raft with a clay pad so they will leave prints, once these have been positively identified a trap will go in. I have had no prints yet but am awaiting some scent which comes from the anal gland, this will attract any in the area. I suppose not having prints yet is a good thing but i know we have at least one in the area.

Prior to this sighting we were in what is known as the Cordon sanitaire - Mink Free. As with any invasive prevention is far better than cure.
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James Page

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PostSubject: Re: Mink   Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:30 pm

spotted one of these nasty critters on the tiny river ember at cow common today
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Ken Bennett


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Join date : 2010-01-26
Age : 67
Location : Chelmsford, Essex

PostSubject: Re: Mink   Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:03 pm

I've seen them on Dumsey meadow Chertsey.
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PostSubject: Re: Mink   Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:03 pm

Used to be two on Ferris Meadow, brave little beasts.
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