Mr T. - collecting

Dave Chesmore E.D.Chesmore at
Wed Sep 3 04:05:27 EDT 1997

In the UK, I often feel as though I have to hide my net.  This stems 
from the time (9 years ago) when I was attacked by a gamekeeper and 
his son on a public road.  They thought I had been poaching fish in a 
pond nearly 1.5 miles away - a long net indeed!

I hear stories about people in the UK also hiding their nets because of 
anti-collectors.  Most people just don't understand statistics and that 
1-23 specimens are not going to have any effect on population at all 
(in most cases).  This appears to be true when butterflies are 

I have become quite adept at catching moths with my hands!  I am not 
so bothered nowadays partly because my son has developed an 
interest and uses a net.

This is a real problem.

Dr David Chesmore, FRES
Environmental Electronics Research Group
Dept. of Electronic Engineering
University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX
Tel: +482 465062;  Fax: +482 466664
Email:  E.D.Chesmore at E-Eng.Hull.AC.UK
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