Stoke & Staffordshire

Ladybridge Weir fish pass opens Tame spawning grounds

Ladybridge weir fish pass
Image caption The project has taken 18 months to complete

A project to open up over 23 miles (37km) of a Staffordshire river to migrating fish has been completed.

The fish pass has been installed at Ladybridge Weir on the River Tame in Tamworth.

A concrete channel with baffles slows the water down for fish. There is also a special section for eels to use.

The Environment Agency said fish and eels can now move freely upstream to reach their spawning grounds,

Christopher Grzesiok, from the agency, said: "During the works many fish have been seen by the construction crew trying to jump the weir, which shows the importance of installing a fish pass at Ladybridge Weir."

The agency said the 18-month project has been completed in the face of "snow, floods and a heat wave".

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