River Restoration Project

 

Since 2017, Afonydd Cymru has been running a nationwide Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project. Working with Natural Resources Wales, regional Rivers Trusts, and dedicated volunteers to carry out surveys of certain river catchments:

Afonydd Teifi, Tywi, Eastern & Western Cleddau, Mawddach, Clwyd, Usk, Thaw, Severn, Welsh Dee, Ogmore, N. Ceredigion rivers (Ystwyth, Aeron, Wyre & Arth), North Wales rivers (Gwyrfai, Seiont, Ogwen, Llynfi & Leri) have all been walked over / comprehensively surveyed by qualified Afonydd Cymru & Rivers Trust staff.

In 2020/21 we are surveying: Afonydd Taff & Ely, Rhymni, Ebbw & Sirowey, Neath, Tawe, Loughor, Gwendraeth, Taff & Cowin, Nevern, Dysynni, Dwyryd, Artro, Dwyfor, Erch, Glaslyn, Conwy & Dee.

An extensive report is generated from each catchment survey, including analysis of existing data, which highlight all fisheries habitat improvement opportunities: Barriers to migration / Habitat fragmentation (weirs, trash dams, perched culverts), Riparian management opportunities (fencing, tree planting, soil management, invasive weeds, erosion, stock access / poaching, rubbish, revetment), etc. This information feeds into a GIS database and a document detailing the key survey results and proposals for restoration.

 

Upper Afon Tywi

The generated reports, GIS data and collected survey information are informing future fisheries habitat restoration works nationwide.

 

Weir with trash blocking fish pass (being addressed as part of this project)
Significant poaching (area being addressed by this project)
Significant poaching / sediment inputs being addressed by this project
A complete trash blockage (subsequently removed)
A pre-barrage will help fish get upstream