Fish Migration Volunteer

Severn Rivers Trust

Severn Ham, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Volunteer • Part Time

severnriverstrust.com tim.thorpe@severnriverstrust.com 01886 888394 / 07707585799 Tim Thorpe

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 7th May 2018  


Be part of a major restoration project aiming to improve access for migrating fish to the UK's longest river. Highly flexible volunteer opportunity for those with an interest in nature...

About the project

The Unlocking the Severn project is a partnership between Canal & River Trust, Severn Rivers Trust & the Environment Agency. Over the next 4 years, the project will remove or bypass major barriers to migrating fish along the River Severn. It will allow tens of thousands of twaite shad Allosa fallax (in the herring family) to access their historic spawning grounds in the upper Severn, as well as helping other iconic migrating species, including Atlantic Salmon. Alongside this we are working with schools and communities to reconnect them with the river and its heritage.

About the role

We need help collecting valuable data on migrating twaite shad and other species. Depending on your availability and interests this role may include; visiting a weir site and helping us count fish as them migrate upstream, going on evening walks to detect spawning activity, looking for salmon nests (redds), recording river temperature, and helping to collate and analyse data. Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire is a key location for this project but there are opportunities to be involved in Worcestershire & Shropshire. May is a critical recording period so please get in touch for info ASAP.

What you will gain

This volunteering role will introduce you to the forgotten story of the shad migration and is an opportunity to gain experience working alongside scientists and conservationists while collecting valuable data. The project will provide training and professional development for people who want to work in the wildlife or conservation field and will put you at the forefront of knowledge in this field. This is an opportunity to see a unique and fascinating natural spectacle in beautiful outdoor settings and meet an enthusiastic and fun team of staff and volunteers.

Your skills and experience

You don't have to have any prior skills or experience to get involved. Just a natural curiosity and a desire to visit one of the UK's largest rivers.

Time commitment

In this project you can help as little or as much as you like. There is plenty to do for those with more time and a desire to learn, but if you just fancy seeing the fish migration up close you can visit a project site once or twice over spring, at your leisure, while still collecting valuable data for us.

For more information, please get in touch with Tim, our Volunteer Officer


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