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Update 3rd July 2017: 


The NRT are planning an exciting range of projects this summer and autum on all of our rivers. A flavour of some of them is outlined below but please get in touch if you would like more information.

Waren Burn - planning for fish pass improvements at Spindlestone (to be built in 2018). Work on native white clawed crayfish and with Durham University to monitor sea trout numbers. A bid has been submitted for a major Natural Flood Management scheme focussing on soil infiltration.

Aln fish pass designs- design work for permanent and more effective passes on five weirs. Construction in the following 2 years. We will also carry out 'stop-gap' improvements to the pass at Denwick upper weir.

Aln fish counter- initial design and planning ahead of installation next year.

Wansbeck Catchments in Trust- support to the National Trust with their ambitious project centred on Wallington. Scoping activity with extensive works in following years.

Morpeth side streams- wetlands, Natural Flood Management works and habitat works on the Church and Cotting Burns as part of the Living Waterways project. Community tree planting.

Fontburn- completion of pilot works to try to manage the amounts of  'peaty water' getting into the reservoir and river.

Coquet side streams- improved habitat and spawning gravels. Work continues in the following 2 years.

Forestburn fish passage- design and build of a fish pass at the ford over this important spawning stream.

Acklington fish counter- completion of works to move the counter and make it more accurate and resilient.

Amble Estury Vision- an ambitious feasability and consultation exercise to develop wide ranging improvements.

Humford dam feasibility- consultation and feasability work to explore the option of removing the weir. We are planning a range of events to ensure that we carefully gather all the views before a decision is made.

Lyne diffused pollution- delivering physical works to help catch the sediment and nutrients before they enter the river.

Lyne eel passage- physical works to open up the whole of the river to eel migration. Includes a timber 'groyne' on the beach to help keep the river mouth open.

Pont restoration- planning work to explore how lottery funding can be used alongside NWG investment at the 'Pont Transfer' to deliver a large scale project over 3 years.

Signal Crayfish- continuing work to help manage and contain this invasive species in the Blyth. Includes building three low barriers on the Pont and monitoring work with Durham University.

Seaton Burn- a series of wetlands and habitats along the length of the Seaton Burn. Close working with the Friends of Holywell Dean and other communities.

Tree and reed planting- we will again be holding a series of volunteer sessions over the winter across the patch, statring in November.

As you can see, there is plenty to go at and we very much look forward to working with communities, partners and anglers to help make all this happen!



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Pollution incidents


Some of you may have seen the item in the news about a serious pollution incident in the last few days on the Long Nanny (a coastal stream that runs into Beadnell Bay). 3,000 litres of liquid fertiliser has unfortunatley killed many fish.

We have also had reports of a less serious pollution at Lesbury on the Aln, which we have passed on.

Please be vigilant and report pollution incidents to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 (at any time). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

SOS - Save our Smolts!


Now is the time of year when these little fellows attempt their downstream migration and out to sea.  It seems that only 1 in 20 (at best) are now coming back as adult salmon or sea trout. Reasons are not all together clear, but predation is a major factor, with up to half getting snapped up before they even reach the sea.  Weirs are a problem, as the little fish congregate and become vulnerable to predators such as cormorants or goosanders.

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We recently installed some cover for smolts at weirs and footings along the Coquet. Recent research suggests that roughly a half of these young salmon and sea trout get eaten before they even reach the sea!

Hopefully the teathered spruce branches will give them a fighting chance to evade cormorants and goosanders as they shoal upstream of barriers.

 

 


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   Many thanks to the volunteers who helped out!

 

 

 

 

 

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Catchment Based Approach (CABA) and current

Consultations

Please have a look at 'The Catchment Based Approach' tab above to get the update on this and on some current consultations.


We have moved we are now at -  Cragend Farm, Cragend, Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7XN. 

 

  

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 operation in May 2014.

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2014

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-

-

-

95

235

159

223

257

2447

524

24

3964

2015

2

2

10

97

293

616

778 1502 723 3841 1379 13

9256

2016

2

22

29

 137

 103

 331

787 1296 1127 2784 1306 76 **

8000

2017

23 **

14

 9

10

 112

 

168

 

 

** We were unable to obtain fish counts for the period 10th December 2016- 19th January 2017.


Fish counts-

The Coquet has noted 46 fish to the end of March 2017- this is comparable to the Tyne who have noted 50 fish for the same period. 

 

Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April   May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April May Jun
1 20 303 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 41 14 35 10 17 3 3 0 0 0 3
2 7 100 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 37 10 11 15 24 6 1 0 0 3 2
3 7 112 3 0 0 1 2 3 2 17 14 12 8 49 14 4 0 0 4 0
4 8 34 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 11 11 10 11 13 6 3 1 0 9 3
5 11 21 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 21 3 10 17 23 5 0 0 0 6 1
6 61 48 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 11 18 6 14 12 0 0 0 4 10
7 453 61 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 11 90 39 1 25 9 0 1 0 2 2
8 285 129 2 0 0 0 10 48 0 0 3 28 12 35 15 0 0 0 4
9 106 81 0 0 1 1 22 1 9 2 1 21 9 10 6 0 1 0 0
10 52 243 0 0 3 1 6 1 6 1 1 18 7 17 0 0 0 6
11 31 78 0 0 1 1 12 5 55 41 37 49 12 13 0 0 1 1
12 40 23 0 0 0 2 8 2 2 32 17 62 41 38 0 0 0 6
13 73 11 0 0 0 3 14 3 5 30 38 21 143 167 1 0 4 5
14 53 5 0 0 0 1 5 3 2 15 40 17 178 360 0 0 3 6
15 38 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 5 26 27 6 245 110 0 0 0 3
16 30 58 4 0 0 1 5 3 7 26 20 23 173 188 0 0 0 1
17 41 10 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 21 15 15 95 21 0 1 0 0
18 30 17 0 0 0 1 5 1 11 26 10 17 192 42 0 0 0 5
19 45 13 0 0 0 0 3 2 17 36 23 4 411 18 0 1 0 1
20 32 11 0 0 2 0 3 2 41 37 20 11 241 32 3 1 0 1 3
21 220 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 42 144 17 188 22 2 0 0 0 4
22 234 2 0 0 1 2 0 4 8 82 99 164 126 41 3 0 0 0 3
23 79 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 14 51 70 141 88 12 2 0 0 0 2
24 75 4 0 0 4 2 0 1 17 13 17 92 287 1 1 0 0 0 6
25 52 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 15 30 33 96 2 1 0 0 1 14
26 40 2 0 0 3 1 4 0 18 17 82 28 45 3 3 0 0 0 8
27 78 5 0 0 0 0 6 2 20 41 24 87 37 4 2 1 1 0 0
28 81 3 1 2 0 2 5 1 11 34 87 68 17 2 1 0 3 0 2
29 468 1 1 0 - 0 6 6 7 18 126 70 33 3 1 0 0 2
30 415 0 - 0 0 1 0 21 10 124 0 19 0 0 0 0 1
31 676 0 1 0 11 88 21 4 0 0 1
Total 3841 1379 13 2 22 29 137 103 331 787 1296 1127 2784 1306 76 23 14 9 10 112

 

 

 

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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

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