If you are out and about on the River Aire on World Fish Migration Day, you may see two intrepid kayakers following the route we expect salmon to be taking from the headwaters around Gargrave downstream to below Leeds.
Amongst other things, Jon Grey and Tim Jacklin of the Wild Trout Trust will be promoting DNAire. They have written their own blog about the trip, so click here to read about the trip and hear from Jon and Tim about this adventure.
This ~50km section contains four of the largest remaining weirs which will be tackled to improve fish passage with Heritage Lottery funding of the DNAire-Developing the Natural Aire project.
The journey will be recorded with time-lapse from the prow of the boat to give as close to a fish-eye perspective as possible; as well as with drone footage if weather allows. Records will be made of habitat quality and any detrimental issues will be noted at the same time for future funding applications for river improvement. The various angling clubs with rights between Leeds and Gargrave will be supporting the event from the banks and at strategic bridge crossings.
More details to follow, so get the date in your diary now.