Something fishy for Transition

A COMMUNITY group from Belper is helping co-ordinate a study of existing river barriers and fish movement.

Transition Belper – a group dedicated to tackling the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change in a local context – will conduct a survey in the Amber Valley area, which has 69 barriers and incorporates the River Derwent and River Ecclesbourne.

Climate East Midlands and the Environment Agency are behind the study, which aims to support the development of potential for hydro-electric power generation in the East Midlands and improve fish movement in the river network. The study will include site surveys of all the man-made and natural river barriers, such as weirs and waterfalls.

Transition Belper need help with the work and are appealing to anglers, in particular, who may be able to provide more detailed local knowledge of the breed, quantity and movement of fish. They would also like to talk to local landowners with weirs on their land. If you can help, email