The Angling Trust has helped make it easier to get a licence to control cormorants and goosanders but the number of cormorants that can be lawfully shot in England is currently capped at 3,000 and goosanders below 300 each year. We want your help to highlight the need for a significant increase in the total numbers of both species permitted to be shot not only in England, but also in Scotland and Wales to protect fisheries from predation.  Please help by recording sightings of all saw bill bird species on this page

We have been experiencing some technical issues with this website but please rest assured that any sightings of cormorants, goosanders or red-breasted mergansers that you report will still be logged.

How to use the site
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  1. To add your sighting, first select whether you are recording cormorants, mergansers or goosanders or a colony of birds. A colony is a group of birds that are living in one regular location.
  2. Complete the other details of your sighting as accurately as possible.
  3. When you have entered all your details, click on the 'PLACE' button.
  4. Move your mouse cursor over to the map and drop it in the approximate area where your sighting took place.
  5. Once the pin is dropped, you can zoom in by double clicking, scrolling your mouse wheel or by using the zoom slider. As you go, drag and drop your pin, to ensure that the position is as accurate as possible.
  6. Zoom as close as you can to the position of your sighting. Sometimes switching the map to 'Terrain' will help you identify the exact spot.
  7. When you are happy with your selected location, move your mouse cursor off the map and click 'SUBMIT' on the form.
  8. That's it! Your sighting will be added as soon as we approve it - this is usually within a few hours but might take a bit longer.

Don't forget to bookmark this site, keep your eyes peeled and come back every time you want to report a sighting.

It's really important to let other anglers know about the site so please use the links at the top to add this to your Facebook and Twitter then use the envelope icon to email a link to all your friends so they can do their bit too.
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Step 1: Fill in the form

Species seen:
Number of birds seen:
Date recorded:
Type of watercourse:
Name of watercourse
(if known):
Your name:
Email address:
Confirm email address:
Attach image:
Angling Trust member?

Step 2: Place the marker

Step 3: Submit

The Angling Trust wants to highlight the actual need for an increase in the total number of cormorants and goosanders permitted to be lawfully controlled throughout the UK to protect fisheries from predation by providing a realistic number to reinforce non-lethal protective techniques. We are now looking to expand this across the UK which is why we’re now inviting recordings from Scotland and Wales for the first time given the highly mobile nature of these birds.