These are the first photographs of the new fish and eel pass taken yesterday evening, following the removal of the piles which were holding the river back. It is still not possible to access the site as fencing has not yet been installed and the ground is extremely muddy.
When it is complete, it will be possible to walk over the eel pass (shown in green) to look into the fish pass.
The official opening is expected to be sometime in March.
Our volunteers will be working in the area below the fish pass on Tuesday 18 February in a big clear up operation with members of the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency, the River Stewardship Company and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in anticipation of the opening.
New volunteers are always welcome to join the group which meets on the landing stage in the Gorge on alternate Tuesdays. They will be supervised by Canal & River Trust staff until June. Please note it is necessary to wear appropriate clothing, ie strong boots, and to bring a packed lunch.