Update 18th November 2014:
Catchment Based Approach (CaBA): We are delighted to be hosting this DEFRA approach to catchment working in our area. Further details are now on 'The Catchment Based Approach' page.
We have moved! We now share offices with the National Trust at Scots Gap.
Fish Counter Data for the River Coquet and Salmon Numbers in general
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. October figues are now shown below. These are a big increase on last month!
We have started a dialogue on salmon numbers with a number of people and organisations, and it seems as though numbers are also down on many other UK rivers and in Iceland and Canada. We have requested some detailed local information from the Environment Agency to help us better understand the issue and what we should do to help. Very much welcome ideas and suggestions.
Blyth and Pont restoration project
We are excited to be starting a pilot phase of a larger river restoration project with the Environment Agency and a range of partners. Initial work will focus on the Blyth between Plessey Woods and Kirkley Hall and on the Pont up to the upstream edge of Darras Hall.
A demonstration session looking at using local timber to improve habitat and reduce erosion is planned for 6th December at Plessey Woods between 9:30 and 12:30. We will be installing 'pinned large woody debris' (large tree trunks tethered to the bank), willow bundles and willow spiling.
If you are interested in attending, please get in touch so that we can enough sandwiches, mince pies and drinks available!
Ella has now left us to travel in France, and we wish her all the very best!
We are delighted to announce that Sally Hutt will be joining us for a while to help with the delivery of the Blyth and Aln projects. We are also delighted to haveTracy Hall's support from the Tweed Forum with the Aln project through to completion.
Northumberland Rivers Trust Offices:
We are shortly moving to Scots Gap with the National Trust (from the 1st October).
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- We will:
- Undertake environmental projects with communities and angling clubs to restore and improve habitats.
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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:
- North Northumberland Coastal Streams
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