- Plans for the country’s largest fish pass to be shared at Colwick Country Park event
- Fish passage improvements in the Trent River watershed, including salmon
- The program will provide Â£ 18.6million in environmental benefits
Construction of the Colwick Fishway (Holme Sluices) project will begin this fall and run through 2023. This is the first program of the ambitious Trent Gateway Partnership to remove all barriers to migration of fish. fish along the Trent River.
Holme Sluices, owned by the Environment Agency, is the biggest obstacle to fish migration on the Trent River. The gates span the river and maintain different water levels upstream and downstream, preventing fish from passing.
Simon Ward, Fisheries Technical Specialist at the Environment Agency, said:
We are excited to share our plans for what will be the largest fishway in the country. Our priority is to open the Trent River to all species of fish thanks to the ambitions of the Trent Gateway Partnership, starting with the Colwick Fish Pass (Holme Sluices).
There are a number of barriers to fish migration in the Trent River watershed, including Holme Sluices, which is the biggest barrier to natural fish migration in the Midlands. By installing a fish passage, it will become easier for salmon and other fish to reach their spawning and feeding grounds.
We are working with partners to improve the situation and hope the Colwick Park Fishway will serve as a catalyst for other Trent Gateway projects, which in turn will improve the river and boost the local economy.
We will work with Nottingham City Council to make Colwick Country Park in Nottingham the hub of Trent Gateway. Plans could include a visitor center telling the story of the Trent, its history, its ecology, and how it has shaped communities throughout its length for centuries.
Benefits of the new fish pass include access to additional spawning habitat upstream, with the potential to increase the number of fish species in the Trent River, promote awareness of fish passes and l equal rivers, provide educational and engagement opportunities and attract more visits by fishermen to the area and boost the local economy.
Cllr Rosemary Healy, Head of Parks, Open Spaces and Public Realms, added:
We are absolutely delighted that work on the Colwick Fishway is starting soon. We are proud that Colwick is home to the largest fish pass in the country, it will bring huge biodiversity benefits to Colwick Country Park, including increasing the number of fish species in the River Trent.
The drop-in community event will take place at the entrance to Colwick Country Park from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.