Update 28th November 2016: 

 

New Fish Passes on the Wansbeck at Oliver's Mill and Mitford



 

The Northumberland Rivers Trust recently installed a couple of new timber passes on the Wansbeck to help the increasing numbers of sea trout and salmon get upstream. This follows work in recent years by the Northumberland Rivers Trust at Sheepwash and Bothal and by the Environment Agency at East Mills and Mitford Gauging Station.


At Oliver's Mill,it has been known for some time that the fish struggle to find the fish pass on the middle of the weir, and that a previous timber easement didn't really work properly. We therefor installed a series of pools and sloping 'baulks' on the weir face to help resolve matters. The baulks feed water into the pass but also provide a route for fish to swim up.


At the Mitford bridge footing over the Wansbeck, we simply installed a larch baulk to help fish past the bridge apron.The main pass is made from Larch from Wingates Sawmill with steel brackets from North East Welding Services. Larch does really well in water and should last 10-20 years, and the baulks are reused local oak which should also last well in this environment.

The Oliver's Mill pass seems to work really well, and lots of fish have been seen going through in recent weeks!

The pass was designed by Riverworks Ltd (www.riverworksdesignandbuild.co.uk) and installed by Riverworks and Aydon Shields.

New fish passes on the South Low near Haggerston Castle

The South Low attracts in quite a few sea trout, but two big weirs near Haggerston caravan park have been stopping them in their tracks.

We have just started work to improve matters with a 'larinier' pass on the lower weir and a 'rock ramp' at the upper site. The work is supported by the Environment Agency and is being built by WL Straughan ans Son.

We should be finished in the next few weeks. If it ever stops raining....! 

 

 

 


 

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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

-

-

-

-

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

6618

 

 


 

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April   May Jun July Aug Sep Oct
1 9 7 20 303 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 41 14 35 10
2 15 1 7 100 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 37 10 11 15
3 39 14 7 112 3 0 0 1 2 3 2 17 14 12 8
4 77 7 8 34 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 11 11 10 11
5 72 7 11 21 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 21 3 10 17
6 15 0 61 48 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 11 18 6
7 40 5 453 61 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 11 90 39 1
8 19 4 285 129 2 0 0 0 10 48 0 0 3 28 12
9 11 4 106 81 0 0 1 1 22 1 9 2 1 21 9
10 2 5 52 243 0 0 3 1 6 1 6 1 1 18 7
11 48 24 31 78 0 0 1 1 12 5 55 41 37 49 12
12 51 21 40 23 0 0 0 2 8 2 2 32 17 62 41
13 11 81 73 11 0 0 0 3 14 3 5 30 38 21 143
14 63 136 53 5 0 0 0 1 5 3 2 15 40 17 178
15 511 37 38 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 5 26 27 6 245
16 76 51 30 58 4 0 0 1 5 3 7 26 20 23 173
17 28 15 41 10 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 21 15 15 95
18 22 25 30 17 0 0 0 1 5 1 11 26 10 17 192
19 0 44 45 13 0 0 0 0 3 2 17 36 23 4 411
20 68 8 32 11 0 0 2 0 3 2 41 37 20 11 241
21 20 13 220 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 42 144 17 188
22 12 30 234 2 0 0 1 2 0 4 8 82 99 164 126
23 100 27 79 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 14 51 70 141 88
24 81 9 75 4 0 0 4 2 0 1 17 13 17 92 287
25 44 18 52 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 15 30 33 96
26 16 47 40 2 0 0 3 1 4 0 18 17 82 28 45
27 13 27 78 5 0 0 0 0 6 2 20 41 24 87 37
28 8 20 81 3 1 2 0 2 5 1 11 34 87 68 17
29 8 24 468 1 1 0 - 0 6 6 7 18 126 70 33
30 6 11 415 0 - 0 0 1 0 21 10 124 0 19
31 17 676 0 1 0 11 88 21
Total 1502 723 3841 1379 13 2 22 29 137 103 331 787 1296 1127 2784

 

 

 

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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.

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    • Undertake environmental projects with communities and angling clubs to restore and improve habitats.
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