River Derwent opened up to salmon and sea trout

One of Land of Oak & Iron’s first major projects, the new fish pass which has recently been completed at Lintzford weir, has withstood the first heavy rain and flood of the winter. The pass, which was opened ahead of schedule in early November, allows migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout, to migrate further up the river to lay their eggs, a route was previously blocked by the 300 year old weir structure.

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Completed fish pass in flood conditions

The project has been overseen by Tyne Rivers Trust (TRT) as part of the River Restoration programme and was co funded by the Environment Agency. Contractor Esh Construction worked closely with TRT to create the innovative rock pool design, which complements the character of the area through its use of local stone and has preserved the 300 year old historic weir.

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Lintzford weir before construction began

 

 

 

 

This project has been extremely successful in gaining media coverage, it featured regularly in the regional press, articles can be read in The Northern Echo and The Chronicle.

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First fish using the pass Credit: Julia Richardson

 

 

There was also a feature on BBC Look North.

The River Restoration project will be continuing in the New Year as TRT start delivering practical volunteer activities, training in traditional river habitat improvement techniques and invasive species mapping and control.