Trees planted to protect salmon


The Trent Rivers Trust has planted over 2,000 trees in Staffordshire along the River Dove to protect the local salmon population and “climate-proof” the river habitat.

The project aims to reduce erosion and regulate water flow by adding woody material to the river over the longer term.

Senior Catchment Manager at Trent Rivers Trust, Ruth Needham, said that the lack of vegetation near the river was a concern.

“The landscape is devoid of any established vegetation close to the river.”

“Trees will provide vital cover for species, as well as helping to stabilise the riverbank and adding woody material to the river over the longer term.”

The addition of woody material will also create important riffles, pools, and slack areas of water, which are crucial for the success of the early life stages of various fish species, including salmon.

The Missing Salmon Alliance has warned that wild salmon stocks have declined by 80% in 25 years, and researchers predict a bleak future for the species. The trust also noted that while salmon parr can survive in water temperatures up to 29.5C in the short-term, this limit drops to 28C over a prolonged period.



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