Update 11th August 2014:

Fish Counter Data for the River Coquet

As we reported recently, we are delighted to now be able to share fish counter data for the Coquet.  The equipment that is on loan from the Environment Agency records salmon and sea trout (although it is currently not possible to differentiate between the two).  Big thanks to Mick Donkin for his help with this.  July 2014 numbers included below.  With very low water, these are encouraging numbers.  There are  still a few teething problems shown by the @ symbols, but by and large, it seems to be working well.  Also many thanks to Chris Lucas, David Weddell, Colin Rosemorgan and Willie Farndale for their patience and perseverance in getting to this stage.  We hope to now publish monthly information in the first 10 days of the following month.

April May June July
1 @ 6 6 @
2 @ 0 1 @
3 @ 3 1 @
4 @ 0 3 @
5 @ 3 8 @
6 @ 2 0 @
7 @ 1 12 @
8 @ 8 13 16
9 @ 4 3 35
10 @ 10 3 16
11 7 30 8 10
12 1 2 2 4
13 0 1 7 1
14 2 9 6 14
15 0 0 2 1
16 2 1 4 1
17 1 1 5 1
18 0 0 0 3
19 3 4 7 5
20 0 1 37 2
21 1 0 15 12
22 4 3 14 1
23 2 0 29 4
24 5 0 6 2
25 1 2 21 0
26 22 1 13 3
27 3 2 6 9
28 0 0 3 5
29 0 0 @ 13
30 1 1 @ 0
31 0 1
Total 55 95 235 159

The picture shows an Environment Agency 'sonar boat' being used to map the river bed near the fish counter site ahead of further works.alt

 

Bothal Weir

We are sorry to say that our works to breach Bothal weir has resulted in some controversy.  The weir has had a major impact on salmon, sea trout and eel migration for hundreds of years due to the previous fish pass not working effectively and fish being unable to find the entrance.  This resulted in salmon spawning in the stretch downstream of the weir instead of in the Wansbeck head waters and side streams.

We looked at  range of options, but it was clear that breaching the structure was the best option in terms of allowing a full range of species and sizes of fish past.

We secured Planning Permission, Works in Rivers Consent from the Environment Agency, the support of the Wansbeck Angling Association and the Welbeck Estate.  

Although the works currently look 'raw', we are confident that this will be a major improvement to the river and that migrating fish will now pass straight through rather than being held up.

 

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Northumberland Rivers Trust Offices:

We are now at

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54a Newgate Street, Morpeth, Northumberland,

NE61 1BE

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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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