Here’s another dreamy, relaxing video of fish on the River Tame.
In 2016, Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership led a project to recreate a back channel and reinstate an island feature at Tameside LNR, Tamworth, Staffordshire.
The back channel was created to serve as a fish refuge for small fish and fry, giving them a place that they could shelter, feed and grow within the dynamic River Tame environment. Within the first summer, instream vegetation grew within the channel, offering ideal habitat for our target fish.
The presence of different species of fish in the River Tame is a good sign that the quality of the water has improved – it now provides a habitat suitable for sustaining fish populations.
Two years on and the banks have established wonderful riparian plants, suitable for water vole, should they return! The in channel vegetation is both submerged and emergent, which is great shelter for fish.
Our film evidences that minnow, gudgeon and fish fry are present within the refuge. A job well done for securing an essential environment to support natural recruitment of freshwater fish in our big river systems.
Tame Valley Wetlands is excited to share with you the first of a few short videos filmed underwater in our fabulous rivers.
We have been working with Jack Perks who has perfected the art of underwater filming and we are truly thrilled with the results.
Our first clip was filmed on 25th September 2018 at three points within the River Tame at Kingsbury where we carried out river restoration work in 2014.
We have filmed a variety of different species of fish present in the River Tame.
The River Tame was once dead to life. Decades of work to improve water quality and improve river habitat are helping the river recover to its former glory, with grayling being caught by anglers in recent years.
The film shows different age classes of fish and certainly points to a productive fishery, supporting natural recruitment.
The short film is both fascinating to watch the behaviour of fish but also is very relaxing.
Dive in and watch the video. Look out for the pike!