Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Associated British Ports, Green Ports Hull, The Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, The Wild Trout Trust and Biffa Award, DCRT have successfully completed the fish passage solutions on the five weirs in our Living Heritage of the River Don project.
It all began at Steelbank in July of 2016 and was finished at Brightside in December 2016.
This work complements a programme of fish passage work undertaken by others on the Don
There are 21 weirs on the Don between Doncaster and Beeley Wood Lower weir above Sheffield City centre. At the time of our bid to HLF ten were already passable to salmon. In December of 2015 salmon were seen and recorded jumping at Aldwarke weir on the Don. This was the season after a hydroelectric scheme with a fish pass had been installed at Thrybergh weir, the next weir downstream.
Since then our project has addressed five of the ten remaining weirs; those that are considered ‘orphaned’ weirs. The project has reconnected 6.5km of the Don and opening up 10km of spawning grounds to migratory fish in the middle of Sheffield. Of the remaining 6, Aldwarke weir had a fish pass installed as part of a hydroelectric scheme in 2016; the Environment Agency demolished Beeley Woods weir and work commences on Ickles weir in May of 2017 as part of a biomass power plant. There are plans for the remaining three weirs Jordan Dam (Yorkshire Water); Sanderson’s weir (Sheffield City Council) and Masbrough weir (Canal & River Trust).
Salmon to Sheffield by 2020?