In Devon, the fish pass at Tipton St. John on the River Otter has now been completed. This site was previously discussed in our May edition of the newsletter and will allow upstream passage for fish, especially salmon.
Two weirs near Storridge, River Yealm in South Devon were dismantled and have been carefully rebuilt under the close supervision of Julian Payne, one of our geomorphologists. Structures known as ‘check weirs’ were included in the design and also some bank protection work was carried out to stop the river under-cutting during high flows. Using our ‘in house’ expertise we were able to complete this groundbreaking project at minimal cost. The clay company, Sibelco UK, donated nearly 200 tonnes of large boulders with an approximate cost of £8,000 to help the project. The 19 large lorry-loads of local stone came from less than two miles away. This helped keep transport costs down and reduce the carbon footprint of the scheme.
Angling participation events
Our Devon and Cornwall teams have organised a small number of angling participation events and family fishing days throughout the summer holidays. In North Wessex we have provided fishing whips and funding towards angling coaches at a number of events including the Apex Lakes Angling Participation Day, Bathampton Family Fun Day, SOFA Day and the Bishops Fox Fishing Activity Day.