Please take care of your wildlife
Beware of birds swimming into your line or picking up surface baits.
Submerge rod tips when legering using bite alarms. Keep lines under the surface to avoid waterfowl and where there is not heavy weedgrowth it may be possible to use back-leads to keep the line below the water surface.
Watch your rod at all times when legering with quivertips or other visual bite indicators. Again it may be possible to keep the rod tip under or close to the water surface to avoid contact with bird's feet. Where this is not possible the line should not be retrieved if there is a risk of birds swimming across the line.
Retrieve your line when float fishing if there is a risk of birds swimming through the line. Even when using a waggler float with the line 'buried', it will be only just below the surface and still presents a risk.
Take great care when fishing surface baits such as bread or 'floaters' as they may attract waterfowl. Sometimes the attentions of birds can be avoided by anchoring the bait with a back-lead which allows you to submerge the bait below the surface when a bird approaches. Remember, however, that swans can easily reach food a metre below the surface and other birds often dive for food. If floating baits attract undue attention from birds then move away or choose a different fishing method.