Bit more on Beavers below. . Why not let them know what you think. As usual nothing much from WUF or NRW on this issue. Where are they going to get 'wild' beavers from I wonder..
If they are 'ranched ' stocked out animals will they be viable parents, breeders,. Who will teach them to build dams. What about their genetics. They ask similar questions of salmon. Will we now have beaver 'scientists' all with a different viewpoint. God help us!!
I finish with a picture of some work WUF did in 2004 removing a weir put on the natural falls at Pantmawr. Until this was done, no salmon had been recorded above Pantmawr falls during routine electrofishing surveys since the weir was built. In the foreground by the grass the 3′ x 2′ high weir with vertical sides which went the whole way across …..to aid accurate gauging! It was a very effective barrier. we removed it all before the spawning season that year.Please find attached the electrofishing results kindly supplied by NRW for the area above the previously mentioned falls at Pantmawr, simply for reasons of clarity. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0’
Upper Wye and Tarrenig fish data to 2017
There are 2 pages one is the data supplied by NRW and the other is our analysis. To locate the National Grid Reference codes (NGR) I recommend using streetmap.
On the grapevine is a rumour that steps are in progress for a canoe club being formed at |Builth Wells with an offshoot in Rhayader. Although it;'s early days they intend to use the upper Wye whether or not NRW grant canoe access to all rivers in Wales. Should be interesting to say the least and will be interesting to see what forces gather to try and prevent them. Watch this space.