We are hurtling fast towards the end of 2023, and with that brings one of the most anticipated events of the year – spawning time!
We know that the salmon are currently making their way up river to the spawning grounds, with several reports and some excellent photos of fish leaping at Drogo Weir. We now need to see a drop in temperatures and some frosty conditions to trigger spawning activity. Hopefully by then the river levels will have dropped too to allow better visibility.
Collecting spawning data is not easy. There are many variables, and much of it takes a keen eye to identify a redd (only if you are very lucky will you see fish actually spawning). However, collection of this data is vital – we need to know where the fish are spawning, we need to have an idea of the number of redds, and we need to know what sort of thing might be stopping spawning. Collectively we need to give the salmon every best chance to spawn as the future of the Teign salmon depends on it. If you would like to know more about this, or fancy getting involved in some redd counting, please contact Geoff for more info.
We have organised some practical days on the riverbank with our partners The National Trust, the first of these is on Weds 29th November. You can see full details, plus other dates, on the attached programme. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to join in.