Rivers resurrected

The Environment Agency have produced a great short film illustrating the improvement in Yorkshire’s rivers. It even stars, albeit briefly, a couple of our Trustees – watch out for Kevin & Geoff.

DNAire will be the next phase in this great story of renewal and return of such an iconic species.

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A weir’d way to travel

Sea Trout on its way upstream to spawn
Sea Trout on its way upstream to spawn
Thanks to Paul Sharman for the photo

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.


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Simon Watts starts – DNAire moving forward

Simon Watts - DNAire Engagement OfficerWith the recent appointment of our DNAire Engagement Officer, Simon Watts, we are forging ahead with more details of our DNAire project. Simon brings a wealth of engagement expertise and will be working on the community engagement aspects of the developing our Stage 2 bid.

An ex-teacher, married to a teacher and with two kids himself he is well-versed in what attracts young people to projects such as DNAire. We look forward to developing successful ways to approach schools and help their pupils (and teachers!) learn more about our great river.

Over the coming weeks, we will be exploring:

Baseline public attitudes and desires
Promotion and publicity
Students and apprenticeships
River Stewardship
Activity plan development

…before finalising delivery costs ans writing the Stage 2 bid.

Lots of work to do, but this is such an exciting project and DNAire will trigger the renaissance of the River Aire. If you would like to now more about our project, please contact Simon by email.

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