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The Unlocking the Severn for People and WildLIFE project began in July 2016 and will end in September 2021.

The Project objectives are:

  • By 2020, best practice fish access is provided for Annex II Alosa fallax across five man-made structures on the River Severn opening 190km of currently inaccessible historic spawning and nursery habitat associated with the Severn Estuary Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
  • By 2019, best practice fish access is provided for Annex II A. fallax at two man-made structures on the River Teme opening 63km of currently unreachable historic spawning habitat associated with the Severn Estuary SAC.
  • By 2021, A. fallax is present in sustainable numbers and suitably protected above Lincomb Weir on the River Severn and Knightsford Weir on the River Teme.
  • By 2021, local communities understand the biological and potential social and economic value of A. fallax, the river and the SAC, in terms of its historic and present-day importance, through a series of events and dissemination actions.
  • By 2017, long-term monitoring is established to effectively assess A. fallax populations and connectivity in the Rivers Severn and Teme associated with the Severn Estuary SAC. The monitoring highlights the success of Results 1 and 2 with data from monitoring points around and upstream of the
    structures on the presence of adults, and spawning success in the middle reaches of the Severn and lower reaches of the Teme.
  • By 2021, effective trans-national exchange of best practice is established on A. fallax populations across its range in Europe. Project actions lead to the transfer of replicable actions to instigate similar projects across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Continental and Boreal bio-regions.