Update 21st February 2017: 

 

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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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 **

 

23

 

 

** 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
1 20 303 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 41 14 35 10 17 3 3
2 7 100 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 37 10 11 15 24 6 1
3 7 112 3 0 0 1 2 3 2 17 14 12 8 49 14 4
4 8 34 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 11 11 10 11 13 6 3
5 11 21 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 21 3 10 17 23 5
6 61 48 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 11 18 6 14 12
7 453 61 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 11 90 39 1 25 9
8 285 129 2 0 0 0 10 48 0 0 3 28 12 35 15
9 106 81 0 0 1 1 22 1 9 2 1 21 9 10 6
10 52 243 0 0 3 1 6 1 6 1 1 18 7 17
11 31 78 0 0 1 1 12 5 55 41 37 49 12 13
12 40 23 0 0 0 2 8 2 2 32 17 62 41 38
13 73 11 0 0 0 3 14 3 5 30 38 21 143 167
14 53 5 0 0 0 1 5 3 2 15 40 17 178 360
15 38 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 5 26 27 6 245 110
16 30 58 4 0 0 1 5 3 7 26 20 23 173 188
17 41 10 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 21 15 15 95 21
18 30 17 0 0 0 1 5 1 11 26 10 17 192 42
19 45 13 0 0 0 0 3 2 17 36 23 4 411 18
20 32 11 0 0 2 0 3 2 41 37 20 11 241 32 3
21 220 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 11 42 144 17 188 22 2
22 234 2 0 0 1 2 0 4 8 82 99 164 126 41 3
23 79 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 14 51 70 141 88 12 2
24 75 4 0 0 4 2 0 1 17 13 17 92 287 1 1
25 52 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 15 30 33 96 2 1
26 40 2 0 0 3 1 4 0 18 17 82 28 45 3 3
27 78 5 0 0 0 0 6 2 20 41 24 87 37 4 2
28 81 3 1 2 0 2 5 1 11 34 87 68 17 2 1
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

 

 

 

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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
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    • North Northumberland Coastal Streams
 

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