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Jonny Grey

Following the fin-wakes of fishes, we’ll kayak for ~50km past major obstructions to migration to raise awareness & funds for fish passage work

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Wild Trout Trust

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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.

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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.

Event date

21-April-2018 07:00  - 
22-April-2018 21:00

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keep up the good work
Donation by Anonymous
on 25-05-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Good on you Jonny!! Hope this will knock a few of them (weirs) flying!
Donation by Jim Munden BCAA
on 15-05-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Donation by Lynne& Dave
on 24-04-2018
£3.75 gift aid
Keep paddling!
Donation by Q
on 22-04-2018
Go on Jon, weir rooting for you! The Kinders x
Donation by Barry Kinder
on 20-04-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Faire play to you. I hope you don't have too many aire raising moments. I'll get me coat.
Donation by Jonathan Fox
on 17-04-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Nice one Jon
Donation by Anonymous
on 16-04-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Eddie
on 16-04-2018
Donation by John Rishworth
on 15-04-2018
Donation by Ian atkinson
on 15-04-2018
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £430.00
Offline Donations: £160.00
Total Raised: £590.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £680.00

Donations closed

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