I joined the team today firstly to show Steve the electrofishing survey sites in the Blye Water, a tributary of the Livet, but also so that I could have a proper look at the top end of the Livet. We surveyed two sites in the Blye. The Blye wasn’t stocked last year so there were only low numbers of salmon parr amongst the many trout. At the lower Blye site we found 9 salmon fry (and 198 trout fry) showing that salmon do use the middle and lower reaches of the Blye for spawning.
After the Blye we took the ling and rough hill track up to the top of the Livet. In the upper reaches the Livet splits in two with the Suie Burn and the Kymah Burns being of similar size. They had never been surveyed quantitatively before so we did one site in each.
The Kymah Burn and the Suie Burn join to form the Livet. We selected a site below a wooden footbridge to survey the Kymah.
The last site was on the Livet below Suie. We had trouble identifying the site from the 1993 photo as it had changed so much. The Livet is quite high gradient and prone to changing its course now and again. The site fished was in the same area as surveyed previously but it was completely different in character, being about 6m wide in comparison to 15m in 2003. Still there were good densities of salmon and trout.
It was good to see the upper Livet at last. Hard going to complete the five survey sites due to the long drive in but well worth it.