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Planning Application for hydropower at Guyzance

The Northumberland Rivers Trust has significant concerns about a live Planning Application for a scheme across the meander at Guyzance.  We will be objecting to the application.  Others may also want to have a look at details on the Northumberland County Council website. Details can be found using the reference 18/03897/FUL

The deadline for responses to the Planning Application is 3rd December 2018.


Amble half tide weir

Thanks to the sterling work of a group of volunteers we managed to provide some short-term improvements to this site to help reduce seal predation. Previously the centre plume attracted fish but they could not get past, and the seal picked them off! So we have inserted a timber in the notch to reduce the central flow and have opened up a small notch at the near bank to push more flow through the fish pass. We have already seen fish going through this new notch so hopefully it is working! Many thanks to the local canoe club and both Amble and Warkworth Parish Councils for their support.

 

Coquet Side Streams

Following funding support from the Environment Agency's Fisheries Improvement Programme,we have been working to improve passage at a number of fords and bridge footings. The recent works at Alwinton on the River Alwin are very important as they improve access in low and medium flows to many miles of excellent spawning gravels.




 

Waren Burn

We are delighted to have been able to install a larinier at Spindlestone Lodge made from marine plywood. Most of these passes are made from steel, which although lasts longer, is at least ten times more expensive. In addition, we have improved passage at the bridge footing at Spindleston Mill. These measures should hopefully have a big positive effect on this important sea trout stream.





Crayfish barriers

We have now completed the second of three barriers on the Pont and Blyth to limit the spread of Signsal Crayfish. These are low structures that fish and eels can swim over but which hopefully stop the invasive Signals. The plastic sheeting extends down into the bed and the idea is that the Signal Crayfish will struggle with the overhang and slippery material. If you fish on the Pont or Blyth please remember to Check, Clean and Dry your kit (particularly waders) before venturing onto other rivers.




Breaking News! We have been successful with a bid to the LEAF fund managed by the Community Foundation! The Hooked on the Coquet project will be working with schools over the next 12 months to raise awareness and understanding of this great river among local young people. Part of the project will attempt to get more young people interested in angling. More to follow! 

 


Northumberland Rivers Catchment Partnership Action Plan -


Details of the Draft Northumberland Catchment Partnership Action Plan (summary of priority issues ) - can be found  under the  Catchment Based Approach tab, (Item 1) Northumberland Rivers Catchment Partnership located on page 2.

 




Med Burn

The NRT recently secured some funding from the Environment Agency to help improve this tributary of the Pont. Works will include fenced buffer strips and wetlands to settle out sediment and community works over the winter including tree and reed planting and pinned woody material. Please get in touch if you are keen to help with these works. 



 



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 in May 2014.  We are currently awaiting counts from the Environment Agency for May, June and July 2018.

 

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

1356

1379

13

6771

2016

2

22

29

137

103

331

787

1296

1127

2784

1306

76

8000

2017

4

14

9

6

112

361

437

347

1290

2018

2 238 475 40 102 857
River Coquet upstream fish counts for 2018

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

1

3

9 10 2

2

9

12 4 3

3

8

11 5 8

4

21

15 4 1

5

4

84 3 10

6

1

24 5 0

7

6

9 2 0

8

8

22 3 4

9

0

32 0 3

10

2

26 0 3

11

3

3 0 3

12

12

17 0 0

13

10

29 0 8

14

10

5 0 0

15

1

4

12 0 4

16

3

9 4 5

17

1

6 0 9

18

5

5 0 3

19

3

10 0 7

20

6

8 0 3

21

13 24 0 0

22

16 18 0 0

23

1 7 8 0 3

24

3 11 0 2

25

15 10 0 3

26

12 18 0 0

27

4 11 0 6

28

24 10 0 3

29

12 7 0 5

30

13 13 0 2
31

 

 

 

 

6 2

0

0

2

238

475 40 102
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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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