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HABITAT ENHANCEMENT

Altnaghree Burn

Altnaghree Burn is a tributary of the River Dennet. It has some of the Foyle area’s highest densities of native fish including Atlantic salmon, sea trout and brown trout.

The lower reaches of Altnaghree are dominated by a series of small waterfalls which limit the movements of migratory fish to certain flow conditions.

Typically, returning salmon and sea trout begin ascending the Altnaghree in suitable spates from July and stay in deeper water until spawning time. Spawning usually starts in September for brown trout, in October for sea trout and December for Atlantic salmon.

Over the past ten years, Loughs Agency has undertaken a number of pre-spawning sea trout surveys. A better understanding of fish numbers, distribution and habitats has helped us to develop a series of habitat improvements.

At Altnaghree, these include:

  • erecting riverside fencing
  • installing pasture water pumps
  • hard and soft bank protection
  • trimming trees and bushes
  • adding stones to narrow over-widened areas and providing fish cover
  • pinning large wooden debris to protect banks, and scouring and cleaning gravel.

Loughs Agency is always eager to develop collaborative projects with local partners. If you belong to an organisation which is interested in protecting and improving local aquatic habitats, please contact mark.mccauley@loughs-agency.org

COVID-19 UPDATE

Following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19, Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our services as best we can.