Yes I hear you. I’ve always taken an interest in bird life ect, probably from being taken on walks as a kid and trying to make the walks more interesting? So as 45yr old I can definitely say that I’ve noticed the very same things.Find it hard to believe that the river I fish now is the same place I first fished over 40 years ago. Spring fishing with a large brass tube fly I had a fish which put up a great fight. Thought it must be a springer. On seeing it I discovered it was a massive grayling. Had it been a springer it would have been in the 5-7 lbs. range. It was black as if getting ready for spawning. Swam a way ok. Had other ones but none that size. A few years later I asked "old Andy" the keeper what type of duck that was with the tip of its beak pointing down. Reply goosander, first I had ever seen. Now they are everywhere. Have noticed the last few years that even the what were common birds are now getting rare. Oyster catchers that nested on every bit of gravel are now only seen. The fish swallows [terns], redshank/ringed plover/pewit/harriers/owls and others not seen for several years. Even the mallard which used to be a pest in the spring with the duck flapping across the water with the old broken wing trick is now rare.
NoI have good memories of the Earn as being the place that stoked the idea of fishing for salmon as a young kid on Holiday in Crieff. Funny enough I think it was seeing anglers on the Earn that got Ian beefy Botham into salmon fishing.
Lol no way how nice. I knew I’d read about him seeing salmon anglers in Scotland.No
it was the Teith at Callander.
I've fished with him on a couple of occasions.