Redd observation training sessions

As spawning season is just about to get underway, Project Officer Geoff Stephens will be leading two “redd spotting” training sessions in December.
These sessions are for anyone interested in observing salmon and sea trout redds. Within the project we always need volunteers for this valuable and interesting exercise, especially on the Teign and tributaries downstream of Fingle Bridge, and on the Bovey and tributaries downstream of Horsham Steps. Redd spotting can be combined with a walk along the river and may provide useful exercise and interest over the Christmas and New Year period!

At these events, Geoff will describe the habitat and gravels that salmon use, how the hen fish cut a redd, and how temperature affects spawning and egg survival. There is always the possibility that fish can be seen cutting their redds and this can be very exciting to see. Salmon or large sea trout have just started spawning in the Chagford area, a month later than last year, and the first redd was found on Friday 2nd December. Hopefully there will soon be more.

Geoff will be running two training sessions, both starting at Chagford swimming pool car park:
1st session. Saturday 10th December at 2.00pm.
2nd session. Friday 16th December at 10.30am.

Both sessions will be last about an hour or two and perhaps longer if there is sufficient interest to travel to different locations. Please do let Geoff know if you intend to come to a session.

Location of meeting point: OS grid reference: SX 70512 88174, what3words: districts.continued.minds.

Please wear outdoor attire and wellingtons. If you have thigh waders bring them as well. A wading staff/stick might be useful even though we won’t be wading, and you cold also bring polarised sunglasses if you have a pair. If you are coming from afar and are prepared to offer car share please let Geoff know. For further information please contact Geoff by phone 07749 867393 or by email at
In the unlikely event that the water level rises and makes observation difficult or impossible sessions may need to be postponed, so please provide us with a phone number so we can contact you if needs be.