Fish Migration Volunteer

Severn Rivers Trust - Unlocking the Severn

Severn Ham, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Volunteer • Part Time 01886 888394 Tim Thorpe

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, water & hydrology

Closing date: Wednesday, 1st May 2019  

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. Through ambitious civil engineering work we are removing major barriers to migratory fish along the River Severn. This 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 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. This role involves visiting a site in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, helping us count fish as they migrate upstream through a channel. We use this data to help estimate with population of migrating shad and better understand their behaviour. There are also opportunities to get more deeply involved in the research and gain further experience by helping with other activities. The shad migration usually starts in late April so get in touch as soon as possible for more info!

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 highly valuable data. The project will provide the necessary training and will put you at the forefront of knowledge in fish migration. This is an opportunity to see a unique, fascinating natural spectacle in a beautiful outdoor setting and meet an enthusiastic 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.

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

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