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Welcome to the ‘Salmon in the Stour’ project page!

The ‘Salmon in the Stour’ is a new, four year project to improve the River Stour and all its tributaries for wildlife and people.

The project has been co-ordinated between a partnership consisting the  Severn Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, and the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.

We are currently in the early stages of the project and have limited funding, however, we aim to build-up a picture of what needs to be done to improve the river in the future.

The project has been built on the first year pilot project. Follow the link for more information: River Stour Catchment Restoration Project.

Our long-term objectives are:

  • Remove barriers to fish migration
  • Provide habitat for threatened wildife
  • Re-naturalise artificial banks
  • Tackle the spread of invasive species
  • Identify and resolve sources of pollution
  • Improve access for people
  • Celebrate the watercourses’ history and heritage

What are the Issues?

Once an important industrial watercourse, today the river suffers from numerous problems, including poor habitat and water quality, litter, invasive species and poor access.

The river channel had been heavily modified in places, making it visually unattractive and unsuitable for wildlife; whilst a number of man-made structures prevent many fish species, especially those that migrate over long distances such as salmon, from finding suitable habitat to colonise and breed.

 

How to get involved

Who’s already involved?

We know there are a number of active groups in the Stour catchment working to improve watercourses. If you’re involved with a group already and you’d like to work with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Tell us what you know.

Les us know of any problems on the Stour or its tributaries that you think the project might be able to help with.

You can also report pollution incidents to the Environment Agency 24hr hotline on 0800 80 70 60

Help with wildlife surveys.

Over the next few months we’ll be working with volunteers to survey the river corridor for signs of uncommon and threatened species such as otter and water vole. If you or your group would like to learn how to survey for these species and help record where they are (or aren’t), please get in touch.

Contacts

Alex Clark – Severn Rivers Trust – alex.clark@severnriverstrust.com – 01886 888394

Simon Atkinson – The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country – simon.a@bbcwildlife.org.uk – 0121 454 1199