12. Barcombe Mills eel pass

Theme: Fisheries


  • 2. All constraints and risks to the establishment of thriving fish populations (comprising an appropriate range of species) within the Adur and Ouse systems will be identified.

Project description

Installation of an eel pass along a series of weirs to aid eel and elver passage upstream.

The river Ouse is divided into a series of channels, in which there were three significant obstructions fo fish migration. One of these was a series of six stepped concrete weirs, known as the New Weir Channel, inflowing to the Barcombe Mills Pool – a largely concreted artificial channel carrying a significant proportion of the flow of the Ouse. 

Several plastic and bristle passes have now been installed within the weirs to allow a constant flow of water and facilitate the movement of both elvers and larger eels through the area.

Project type: Eel passage
WFD status: Moderate
WFD overall status objective: Good
Benefiting species/habitats: Eels and elvers
Total area covered by project: River Ouse
Project lead: OART
Project partners: Environment Agency
Funding source: Defra's River Improvement Fund
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Project start: January 2013
Project end: September 2013
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.