Nature enthusiasts were given a unique insight into the migratory lives of some of the UK’s most important and endangered fish during an open day at Rodley Nature Reserve.
The fish, including Atlantic salmon, European eels and lampreys, can now access a section of the River Aire that they haven’t been able to since the industrial revolution due to the newly built by-pass channel around Rodley Weir.
The event held last weekend aimed to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.
Between 2015 and 2020 Yorkshire Water will be working on a further 28 barriers to fish passage projects.
This is down to an investment of more than £10 million to open up England’s rivers and upland streams to the free movement of migrating and local fish.
Yorkshire Water biodiversity advisor Dr Kathryn Turner said: “We were delighted to welcome everyone to visit this innovative project that not only helps some of the UKs most important fish to complete their long migrations, but has also created an entirely new stretch of river for both Yorkshire freshwater wildlife and people to enjoy.”
Rodley Nature reserve run monthly vists to the fish by-pass.
For event details visit: www.rodleynaturereserve.org