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Celebrating a Decade’s Work Returning Fish to the River Derwent.

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Photograph showing a fish in a river as people carry out work to count the number of fish.

Since the River Derwent was dammed 300 years ago – at the start of the Industrial Revolution – its fish stocks dwindled. Devoid of fish since the mid-20th century, a project to open it back up to the likes of salmon began in 2013. Now, fish are flourishing along all 20 miles of the Derwent.

Creating the country’s largest fish pass

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We needed to make sure that diverting water through the fish pass must not lower the flow through either the canoe slalom course at the adjoining Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre or the turbines of a local hydropower operation.  We also needed to allow for maintenance access to the Holme Sluices.

Invasive species week: topmouth gudgeon and how we tackle them

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All invasive non-native species have the capacity to disrupt the natural balance enjoyed by the UK native biodiversity. These species can reproduce faster, tolerate a wider spectrum of habitats, predate more voraciously and can carry parasites and diseases that could …