This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
This bird is so uncommon and so little injurious, if at all, to fish, while acting beneficially by destroying larvae of insects, as to claim complete protection. In the north of Scotland it is considered a fisher.1
1 In one Highland district 548 birds were destroyed in three years, a reward of 6d. per head being given.