Last autumn we managed to get out and clear some blockages identified by NRW as barriers to fish migration. These were on the Gwenlais, Dulais and Nant Fin. Looking forward to getting out again this summer.
CFF’s Shane Thomas is on a mission to plant trees at the moment. Here he is with Keith Jones of Whitland Angling planting alongside a tributary on the Taf catchment. This spring he has sorted trees for sites near the Afan, Loughor and Taf and has more sites ready for the Autumn planting season. We need more riparian sites for next season, so if you or your club has land suitable for saplings, please let us know.
Members of CFF, Whitland Angling, Pembrokeshire Angling and West Wales Rivers Trust today began two days of training of river sampling and invertebrate identification as part of the Salmon and Trout Conservation “Smart Rivers” project which uses invertebrate population data to inform water quality issues. Benchmark sites have been set up on the Taf and Western Cleddau, and we will be collecting data on the Taf. The last time we were on this section of the Taf it was clogged with algae and stinking .Today a three minute kick across the river produced a healthy bucketful of mayfly, stonefly nymphs, plus cased and uncased caddies, gammarus, molluscs and one each damsel and dragonfly nymphs. The Taf and it’s tribs get hammered constantly by pollution from the ususal suspects so it is great to see a water quality project starting here.