Messing about in the river to help fish life

A new fish pass has been opened outside Meadowhall shopping centre. From Chris Firth,left,  and David Rowley from Don Catchment Rivers Trust with Steve Hustler, right, facilities director at Meadowhall
A new fish pass has been opened outside Meadowhall shopping centre. From Chris Firth,left, and David Rowley from Don Catchment Rivers Trust with Steve Hustler, right, facilities director at Meadowhall
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Fresh hope has been delivered to the wildlife population of the River Don in Sheffield – thanks to a newly-opened fish pass.

The staircase-like structure, designed to help eels and fish move up and down the water, has been unveiled at Hadfields Weir, near Meadowhall shopping centre.

Cash from the River Improvement Fund was used to fund the pass, which will allow a range of fish species, including salmon, to swim further up the Don for the first time in more than 150 years.

Wildlife enthusiasts and supporters of the project were present for the launch.

Karen Enyon, of the Don Catchments River Trust, said: “It will improve the sustainability of the river and allow species to move between different habitats to feed, breed, shelter and disperse.

“Restoring river connectivity is essential if fish populations in the catchment are to continue to recover and reach their full potential.”