• Tipton fish pass operational from tomorrow afternoon (Tue)

    2nd September 2013 | News | Claire
  • The scheme has turned a lovely field and the stunning weir into a bit of a mess, albeit temporarily and I am aware that people have concerned about the length of time it has taken to complete

    The Environment Agency started work in January and was unfortunately delayed by bad weather and plenty of rain, which caused a very muddy access track, which had to be reinforced with chippings, as you will have noticed.

    The work has cost around £245,000 and has now finished and as of tomorrow the fish pass will be operational, with the plant and other structures, including the access track being removed over the next week. 

    The existing fish pass is made of stone and concrete and has made it difficult for migrating fish to swim up and down the pass without injuring themselves. 

    EA representatives have been aware of this problem for some time so when EU money became available for river biodiversity schemes, the Tipton fish pass work started.

    The new pass will be made of stainless steel and the EA says its design is scientifically proven to make it as easy as possible for fish to traverse the weir. 

    It is expected to improve the biodiversity of the whole river and is ready just in time for the salmon spawning season.