A Weir'd Way to Travel
Following the fin-wakes of fishes, we’ll kayak for ~50km past major obstructions to migration to raise awareness & funds for fish passage work
Raising money for
Wild Trout Trust
I’ve spent the majority of my life pondering upon what is happening beneath the surface of the water of rivers and lakes: as a kid pond-dipping, as an academic researching, as a fisherman not catching, and as a conservationist hoping…. Little wonder my wife calls it my Peter Pan job! Not much has changed in 40 years.
My academic side informs me of all the detrimental environmental impacts of weirs. My Conservation Officer side allows me to get out and do something about it. World Fish Migration Day is the catalyst for me to combine my passions to hopefully raise some awareness and some funding to make our rivers a better place. Healthy rivers make for a healthier environment and healthier people too.
Developing the Natural Aire (DNAire) is a Heritage Lottery funded project coordinated by the Aire Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency. It aims to ‘return salmon to Skipton’ by addressing fish passage issues on four of the major weirs remaining on the system.
To tie in with World Fish Migration Day and raise awareness of this global issue, I am teaming up with WTT colleague, Tim Jacklin, to participate in an ‘aire’brained idea. We’ve sought permissions to make our way along the river, as a migratory fish would, past the four DNAire weirs from Skipton to Leeds. Not swimming… but as close as possible, by paddling.
We’d also like to raise some funds! The Wild Trout Trust has a ‘Dambusters’ Pot which we use specifically to fund smaller scale weir removals on rivers and streams throughout the UK. These weirs are too small to attract the big funding schemes like DNAire but are not too small to cause a plethora of issues. And removing even one small barrier could open up 10s of kilometres of habitat to fishes.
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with gift aid: £523.75
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