A £2.5 million project to remove a 900-year-old weir has been completed, and fish populations along one of our most historic rivers are set to benefit as a result.
Dovecliffe Weir on Derbyshire’s River Dove was built in the 1200s, but two years ago was deemed to serve no function and to be acting as a barrier to coarse fish species. The project, part of a growing drive to remove barriers to fish migrations, was finished recently, opening up 550km of river.
Christopher Grzesiok, Fisheries Biologist at the EA, said:
“Removing the weir will improve biodiversity and fish passage through the Dove catchment. We’re already seeing the benefits upstream with the formation of gravel bars and improved habitat.”