Update 21st August 2018: 


Northumberland Rivers Catchment Partnership Action Plan -


Details of the Draft Northumberland Catchment Partnership Action Plan (summary of priority issues ) - can be found  under the  Catchment Based Approach tab, (Item 1) Northumberland Rivers Catchment Partnership located on page 2.


 

Acklington Dam

The Northumberland Rivers Trust has offered to help the Northumberland Estate and the new owner of the north side of the weir with the sluice gate that recently gave way and drained the section upstream of the weir.  Northumberland Estates recently repaired their sluice at the south side of the weir allowing the failed sluice at the north side to be repaired.  We are hopeful that the situation will be resolved soon ahead of the main run of salmon and sea trout in the coming weeks.

The failure of the sluice means that the fish counter is currently dry! However, we hope to receive counts from the Environment Agency soon for May, June and July and will post these as soon as we have them.


Forestburn Fish Passes

The NRT recently installed two timber passes on this important spawning tributary of the Coquet. The raised ford at The Lee has always presented a challenge for salmon and sea trout, but amazingly some fish always managed to get past in the right flow conditions.The new larch structure now includes some resting pools which will give more fish a chance in more flow conditions.




Med Burn

The NRT recently secured some funding from the Environment Agency to help improve this tributary of the Pont. Works will include fenced buffer strips and wetlands to settle out sediment and community works over the winter including tree and reed planting and pinned woody material. Please get in touch if you are keen to help with these works.




Amble 'half tide' weir

We are currently drawing up plans to introduce some timber works to reduce the flow in the central notch. This attracts salmon and sea trout although the shallow weir apron means that they can't get past at low water and often end up as seal food! By partially closing up this notch and opening up a second smaller notch at the fish pass we hope that more fish will be attracted through the pass and out of harm's way.





Coquet side streams

We are delighted to have received some funding from the Environment Agency's Fisheries Improvement Programme to help install fish pass easements at fords and bridge footings. Sites chosen include the Longdike Burn at Burgham, a bridge footing on the river Alwin at Alwinton and a bridge footing at Old Swarland.  Please do get in touch if you are aware of any other barriers on side streams that also need attention.



Waren Burn

The NRT is planning to install a larinier made from marine plywood on this important north Northumberland sea trout stream. This approach means that we can complete the construction using hand tools at a fraction of the price of a steel structure. The material is expected to last 10-20 years and follows a successful trial on the Aln.

     



Fish counting at Acklington
 

River Coquet upstream fish counts

The table below shows the monthly combined upstream counts for salmon and sea trout at the fish counter at Acklington on the main river Coquet. The counter began in May 2014.  We are currently awaiting counts from the Environment Agency for May, June and July 2018.

 

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2014

-

-

-

-

95

235

159

223

257

2447

524

24

3964

2015

2

2

10

97

293

616

778

1502

723

1356

1379

13

6771

2016

2

22

29

137

103

331

787

1296

1127

2784

1306

76

8000

2017

4

14

9

6

112

361

437

347

1290

2018

2 238 240
River Coquet upstream fish counts for 2018

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

1

3

2

9

3

8

4

21

5

4

6

1

7

6

8

8

9

0

10

2

11

3

12

12

13

10

14

10

15

1

4

16

3

17

1

18

5

19

3

20

6

21

13

22

16

23

1 7

24

3

25

15

26

12

27

4

28

24

29

12

30

13
31

 

 

 

 

0

0

2

238

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The Northumberland Rivers Trust was created in July 2011, with the aim of restoring and safeguarding Northumberland's rivers and streams.

  • We will:
    • Undertake environmental projects with communities and angling clubs to restore and improve habitats.
    • Share and promote awareness of environmental issue and best practice.

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:alt

    • Aln
    • Blyth/Pont
    • Coquet
    • Wansbeck
    • North Northumberland Coastal Streams
 

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