Update 22nd March 2017: 

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.alt

We are therefore planning some works to tether branches and sections of Christmas tree above some of the weirs on the Coquet on Saturday the 1st April.  If you're able to lend a hand please get in touch - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

It's hoped that these will help provide cover and allow better escape from predators.

 

 

Tree planting with the Friends of Holywell Dene

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We recently planted a total of 300 trees along the Seaton Burn with The Friends of Holywell Dene. The work was supported by the Northumberland Water Group through their Branchout fund.  We hope to plant a lot more trees in the coming weeks on the Belford Burn, the Lyne and the Coquet.  Please keep an eye out for dates and proposed locations.

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

 

 

 

 

37

 

 

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


"It's encouraging to note that this number of fish early in the season has not been seen since 2007."

 

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

 

 

 

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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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