Green light for better Trout spawning grounds

Brown trout -Gilles San Martin, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Work has been approved to make the Ross Hill River in Clonbur a better habitat for Brown Trout.

Inland Fisheries Ireland has been given the green light by the county council for habitat improvement works to Ross Hill River in Clonbur Woods.

The project will involve removing large amounts of deadwood and weeds, before installing gravel beds and deflectors to make the area a better spawning ground.

The second phase of the works will involve creating a new walkway linking with existing roads.

A Method Statement for the project said, “The Rosshill river provides excellent potential as a trout spawning stream.”

“It is proposed here to improve access along substantial stretches of the river so that the existing gravel beds can be augmented and new beds can be created in areas where there is little to no substrate.”

“Trout would also benefit from the addition of structure that will maintain pools where they can rest in safety during their migration and spawning.”

Planning permission for the project was granted by the county council with eight conditions, with the county council stipulating that work must be carried out in line with the Natura Impact Statement.

It was also a condition that biosecurity protocols and invasive species control measures must be adhered to, as set out in the report submitted with the application.