Update 9th September 2014:
Catchment Based Approach (CaBA): We are delighted to be hosting this DEFRA approach to catchment working in our area. Further details are now on 'The Catchment Based Approach' page.
Fish Counter Data for the River Coquet and Salmon Numbers in general
As we reported recently, we are delighted to now be able to share fish counter data for the Coquet. The equipment that is on loan from the Environment Agency records salmon and sea trout (although it is currently not possible to differentiate between the two). Big thanks to Mick Donkin for his help with this. August numbers are now included below. Although these are up a bit on last month, they are still fairly low. We hope to now publish monthly information in the first 10 days of the following month.
We have started a dialogue on salmon numbers with a number of people and organisations, and it seems as though numbers are also down on many other UK rivers and in Iceland and Canada. We have requested some detailed local information from the Environment Agency to help us better understand the issue and what we should do to help. Very much welcome ideas and suggestions.
Trout in the classroom - summer release!
We recently released the brown trout that Cambo, Longhorsley and Collingwood schools grew from eggs. Roughly 300 of the little fellas are now swimming the Wansbeck rather than looking out into the classroom!
Many thanks and well done to Ella Vogel for making this a success despite advice that it wouldn't work due to high water temperatures and feeding concerns.
Ella has now left us to travel in France, and we wish her all the very best!
We are delighted to announce that Sally Hutt will be joining us for a while to help with the delivery of the Blyth and Aln projects. We are also delighted to haveTracy Hall's support from the Tweed Forum with the Aln project through to completion.
We are sorry to say that our works to breach Bothal weir has resulted in some controversy. The weir has had a major impact on salmon, sea trout and eel migration for hundreds of years due to the previous fish pass not working effectively and fish being unable to find the entrance. This resulted in salmon spawning in the stretch downstream of the weir instead of in the Wansbeck head waters and side streams.
We looked at range of options, but it was clear that breaching the structure was the best option in terms of allowing a full range of species and sizes of fish past.
We secured Planning Permission, Works in Rivers Consent from the Environment Agency, the support of the Wansbeck Angling Association and the Welbeck Estate.
Although the works currently look 'raw', we are confident that this will be a major improvement to the river and that migrating fish will now pass straight through rather than being held up.
We are about to start a review of our works to identify the successes and the learning points.
Northumberland Rivers Trust Offices:
We are shortly moving to Scots Gap with the National Trust (from the 1st October).
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Our founding principle is to work in partnership with communities, angling clubs, environmental organisations and others to deliver lasting improvements.
Our area of working is all the rivers and streams that flow into the North Sea north of the Tyne and south of the Tweed. Our rivers are:
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