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Hooked on the Coquet

We would like to pass on a huge thank you to the many people and organisations that have helped make the Hooked on the Coquet project a huge success.

It's been great to see enthusiastic people passing on their knowledge and passion to the next generation.  We have now completed the main part of the project, culminating in a fishing session on Saturday with kids from all of the schools.  Those that came along were also able to walk away with a fishing kit kindly donated by Hardy Greys!

We will be holding another fishing session soon - watch this space for details!

We would particularly like to thank:

The Community Foundation and Muckle llb for the project funding that made this work possible.

Dave McArthy and Dave Bilborough at Hardy Greys for donating fishing tackle for the project.

For the Angling Trust who secured further funding from the Police Federation for more fishing kit from Sonik (who we also thank for their generous discounts).

The Northumbrian Anglers Federation and West End Anglers (and particularly Willie Farndale), for supporting the fishing and for expert fishing instruction.

Rothbury Golf Club for supplying golf buggies to help transporting less able kids to the rivers edge and for closing parts of the course during tree planting.

To Councillor Steven Bridgett for help with finding tree planting sites and support for the project.

To Steve Lowe for his expert wildlife guides and igniting their passion and his assistant Naomi Repper for her help.

Wellham Park Trout Farms for supplying discounted high quality brown trout (that also seem to be quite clever when it comes to artificial flies and spinners!)

Chris and Jill at Thrunton fishery for the loan of the nets.

To Elaine, Shannon, Chris, Roger, Barry, Eddy and all the teachers for their strong support and sterling efforts to make the sessions fun.

And to all of the kids at Warkworth, Felton, Swarland, Harbottle, Thropton and Dr Thomlinson – Hope that you all had fun, and that some of you are now Hooked on the Coquet!!

 

 Acklington Fish Counter

We are delighted that the new fish counter at Acklington seems to be counting fish!. We will continue to post the numbers within 24 hours of receipt from the Environment Agency, although we are also in the process of arranging training so that we can download and interpret the counts ourselves.  

 

Major funding secured for Aln Fish Passes and Coquet Side Streams

We are delighted to announce that the NRT has been successful with securing funding for two major projects!  On the Aln, we will be working with the Northumberland Estate to deliver 5 technical fish passes plus habitat works and sharing farming best practice.  This work is funded by the Water Environment Grant plus support from the Northumberland Estate and will run for two years.  On the Coquet Side Streams project we will be working on the Hazon, Longdike and Tyelaw Burns to reduce sediment, imrove habitat and create wetlands, also over two years.  More details to follow!


Also on the Aln, the Aln Angling Association has a new website at www.alnangling.co.uk 

 

Medburn Project wins award!

We were delighted to win this award from the Environment Agency in recognition of the excellent work we did with volunteers to plant trees, hedges and reeds in the new wetlands.  It was great to see so many people from the NHS Green Gym, local anglers and interested local families helping out (in sometimes ‘challenging’ conditions!)  Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and to the Cheeseburn Estate for their support.


 

 

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Large spring salmon starting to appear in our rivers


Great to see that there have been some impressive fish showing up in the Coquet (and probably elsewhere).  These seem to be bigger than in previous years.  Well done to Davy who caught and returned this 14lb fish above Felton.

 

 

 Coquet Improvements 

We are in the process of updating our list of improvements to the Coquet (see ‘Our Rivers’ page, ‘Coquet’) and hope to include more details and photos.  More to follow.


Fish counting at Acklington

The table below shows the monthly combined upstream counts for salmon and sea trout at the fish counter at Acklington on the river Coquet. The counter began operating in May 2014

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

475 40 102 857

2019

0 1

 12

 47

806 1019 645 384 2914

River Coquet upstream fish counts for 2019

Details of the daily upstream fish count at Acklington are displayed in the table below.

 p/d= part day count

 # Counter non-operational 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

1

#

0

0

1 1 22 22 35 14

2

#

0

0

0 3 44 29 25 8

3

#

0

0

3 1 149 27 10 2

4

#

0

2

0 1 134 28 13 1

5

#

0

1

0 1 152 15 66 4

6

#

0

0

0 1 68 12 20 1 p/d

7

#

1

0

0 1 36 7 2

8

#

0

0

0 1 33 10 21

9

#

0

0

0 13 127 2 6

10

#

0

0

0 8 44 1 3

11

#

0

0

0 0 36 3 0

12

#

0

2

0 1 12 21 1

13

#

0

1

0 5 24 11 14

14

#

0

0

0 3 9 11

15

#

0

1

0 24 9 20

16

#

0

1

0 20 12 3

17

#

0

0

0 7 15 16

18

#

0

0

0 10 3 7

19

#

0

0

0 10 9 6

20

#

0

0

3 18 1 6

21

#

0

0

0 11 124 6

22

#

0

0

0 5 81 4

23

#

0

0

0 25 20 4

24

0

0

0

13 39 19 9

25

0

0

1

5 33 4    p/d 49 7

26

0

0

1

10 185 22 23 11

27

0

0

1

0 164 21 11 22

28

0

0

1

0 18 17 23 17

29

0

0

7 7 32 11 7

30

0

0

5 22 42 12 3

31

0

0

168 26 9

Total

1

12

47 806 1019 645 384

 

 

 

 

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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