Dove Cliff Weir Removal – June 2020 Burton Mutual Angling Association Briefing
What is happening?
Our contractors, Stonbury, have been back on site since 04 May 2020 undertaking works such as improving access tracks, the works compound and preparing for the main weir removal works. Through the month of June we will start to prepare the temporary works required to undertake the main weir removal, following a short delay to protect the fishery during the sensitive spawning period.
Over the next few weeks our contractors will continue to take additional steps to protect the fishery during and after the period where fish have been spawning. To reduce the risk that comes with removing fish from working areas, we have chosen to isolate the working area around the temporary bypass channel. This limits the number of fish we need to rescue and significantly reduces any impacts that are associated with fish removal. Moving fish during hot weather and shortly after spawning can cause stress to fish and we are keen to reduce this as much as possible.
How will we do this? To reduce the likelihood of fish using the temporary bypass channel, a net has been installed at the downstream end of the channel. This will encourage fish to stay in the main river where they are less likely to be disturbed during main construction works. Fish rescues in the working areas will be undertaken by netting in the first instance, as this puts less stress on fish over other techniques such as electric fishing. No fish will be harmed in this process and will be returned to the river either upstream or downstream of the site.
When will it happen? The net was put in place week commencing 01 June 2020. At this stage we have no firm dates on when fish rescues will occur as it is highly dependent on weather and progress over the next few weeks.
Who will be doing the work? Stonbury have a dedicated fish rescue and monitoring team that will be undertaking the placement and daily inspection of the net and all fish rescues. Environment Agency fisheries staff will work with the contractor to ensure these activities are carried out with the utmost of care.
Further information We will continue to keep our online information page updated about this project. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/west-midlands/removal-of-dove-cliff-weir Look out for #Dovecliff updates on our twitter feed too @EnvAgencyMids. If you have any queries about this project, please contact our Engagement Team via email at [email protected]
Fisheries Technical Specialist
Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands (SWWM)
9 Wellington Cres.