Update 12th February 2018: 


Winter Volunteer sessions - please see the list below


If you would like to work off a few mince pies but can't face a gym membership, please get in touch to see whether any of our volunteer sessions might be of interest. Details of the next few sessions to plant trees and reeds are listed below.




Coquet Actions

The NRT held a very useful meeting on the 19th December to discuss issues on the river (and its side streams), which ones are the priorities and how do we go about resolving them. Already some hardy souls have been out looking at side streams to try to identify and map barriers to fish.James Jackson 

spotted the attached on part of the Hazon Burn system. If you spot anything similar please email a picture to Pete with a sentence about where and how bad. We hope to follow up the initial meeting with a further catch-up in March.




Coquet fish counts

Unfortunately we have had some technical issues with both the fish counter at Acklington and the equipment that records the results. We're trying to resolve this, but it seems that counts for the tail end of the season have been lost.


Work starts on the Living Waterways project

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We are pleased to say that work has now started on the Living 

waterways project on Morpeth Side Streams and the Seaton Burn. The work is supported by the Environment Agency. WL Straughan and Son recently completed a number of wetlands/flood storage areas on a tributary of the Cotting Burn and many more works are planned including opportunities for tree and reedbed planting (see below)

 

 

 

River Pont Project

We are starting to gather views and ideas from communities and partners for an exciting catchment scale project, hopefully with Lottery support. Watch this space for more details!  

    

Coquet Estuary Vision

We would also like to welcome Steve Lowe to the NRT! Steve is leading on an exciting project to identify a wide ranging vision for this important part of Northumberland. The study is also starting to gather views and ideas, and ways that exciting environmental improvements could be linked to tourism and recreation. 

 

Humford Dam

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The NRT has now completed its report looking at options to improve fish and eel passage at this historical site.Although we have had some very positive and constructive meetings recently with residents, it appears that opposition to removing the dam is still very strong. We therefore have no current plans to progress this (or any other option) at this site.


Winter programme of volunteer works:

Tha NRT proposes to embark on another ambitious programme of winter volunteer sessions. Most of these are supported by the Living Waterways project and so are focused on the Morpeth side streams and the Seaton Burn. However, there are also works on the Forestburn, the main Coquet and tree planting on the Lyne. All of the sessions will be 9.30-12.30. Some may need to be cancelled at short notice due to weather and river conditions; please check the website the night before to see if this applies. Location to meet will be posted on the website a few days in advance. Please bring along suitable footware and gloves (although we also have a stock of gloves in various sizes). We will provide sandwiches, drinks and our famous flapjacks!.

 

Date/Details     

 

Saturday 17th Feb - Reed planting at Seghill (meeting point- exiting Seghill, cross the Seaton Burn, turn first left onto Mare close . 1st gate on the left.)

20th Feb                - Reed planting at Seghill (meeting point- exiting Seghill, cross the Seaton Burn, turn first left onto Mare Close. 1st gate on the left)

Saturday 3rd March - Smolt cover on the Coquet

6th March               - Smolt cover on the Coquet 

13th March             - Reed planting at Holywell Dene

20th March             - Reed planting at Holywell Dene

27th March             - Smolt cover on th Coquet

 

 




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Help us to help our rivers by Just Giving (see below)

Many thanks !

Just Giving!

We now have a Just Giving page.  If you're interested in making a donation to help the work that we do on our rivers and streams please visit:

www.justgiving.com/northumberland-riverstrust

Thank you!

 

 

 


 

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

-

-

-

-

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

6

 112

 361

437 347

1309

 

 

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

* issues with the laptop at the end of August- we don't have the data for verification.

Fish counts-

 

Dec Jan Feb Mar April   May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April May Jun Jul Aug
1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 41 14 35 10 17 3 3 0 0 0 3 22 31
2 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 37 10 11 15 24 6 1 0 0 3 2 15 22
3 3 0 0 1 2 3 2 17 14 12 8 49 14 4 0 0 4 0 7 12
4 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 11 11 10 11 13 6 3 1 0 9 32 18 52
5 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 21 3 10 17 23 5 0 0 0 6 1 42 31
6 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 11 18 6 14 12 0 0 0 4 17 39 1
7 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 11 90 39 1 25 9 0 1 0 2 3 13 3
8 2 0 0 0 10 48 0 0 3 28 12 35 15 0 0 0 4 1 0 4
9 0 0 1 1 22 1 9 2 1 21 9 10 6 0 1 0 0 1 2 5
10 0 0 3 1 6 1 6 1 1 18 7 17 0 0 0 6 17 0 7
11 0 0 1 1 12 5 55 41 37 49 12 13 0 0 1 1 13 3 0
12 0 0 0 2 8 2 2 32 17 62 41 38 0 0 0 6 24 4 1
13 0 0 0 3 14 3 5 30 38 21 143 167 1 0 4 5 13 8 15
14 0 0 0 1 5 3 2 15 40 17 178 360 0 0 0 6 7 11 37
15 0 0 0 2 3 2 5 26 27 6 245 110 0 0 0 3 8 18 16
16 4 0 0 1 5 3 7 26 20 23 173 188 0 0 0 1 22 3 27
17 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 21 15 15 95 21 0 1 0 0 2 1 39
18 0 0 0 1 5 1 11 26 10 17 192 42 0 0 0 5 4 4 8
19 0 0 0 0 3 2 17 36 23 4 411 18 0 1 0 1 5 1 11
20 0 0 2 0 3 2 41 37 20 11 241 32 3 1 0 0 3 3 0 17
21 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 42 144 17 188 22 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 8
22 0 0 1 2 0 4 8 82 99 164 126 41 3 0 0 0 3 6 0 18*
23 0 0 2 2 0 1 14 51 70 141 88 12 2 0 0 0 2 4 3 21*
24 0 0 4 2 0 1 17 13 17 92 287 1 1 0 0 0 6 27 33 16*
25 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 15 30 33 96 2 1 0 0 1 14 12 30 11*
26 0 0 3 1 4 0 18 17 82 28 45 3 3 0 0 0 8 34 5 4*
27 0 0 0 0 6 2 20 41 24 87 37 4 2 1 1 0 0 3 17 8*
28 1 2 0 2 5 1 11 34 87 68 17 2 1 0 3 0 2 17 11 19*
29 1 0 - 0 6 6 7 18 126 70 33 3 1 0 0 2 41 72 15*
30 - 0 0 1 0 21 10 124 0 19 0 0 0 0 1 37 38 11*
31 0 1 0 11 88 21 4 0 0 1 0 17 7*
Total 13 2 22 29 137 103 331 787 1296 1127 2784 1306 76 23 14 9 6 112 361 437 347

 

 

 

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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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