The aim of the habitat works carried out between 2005 and 2007 was primarily to improve the spawning beds, which scientists have shown can enhance fish stocks considerably and produce a high return for the capital invested. 

The work was carried out with the advice of Central Fisheries Board scientists Dr Martin O’Grady and Dr Willie Roche. Martin Kelly, Stephen Byrne and staff of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board carried out the work.

All of the landowners approached agreed to participate in the enhancement programme.

Photographs illustrating the type of work done are shown below on this page, and further reports can been seen in the archived copies of the annual Chairman’s reports and conservation reports from 2005 and 2006.

Conservation Report 2005 click to download.
Conservation Report 2006 click to download.

Carrigower


Bank restoration works

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Derreen 


Bank revetment works using logs and treetops reinforced with steel were put in place to reduce bank erosion and the movement of silt downstream. Stone vortex weirs and willow fencing were also put in place.

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Derry

Tunnelling over a stretch of the Derry River near Tinahely was targeted. Substantial stretches of the west bank were cleared and all overhanging branches were pruned.
Shelter over pools remained while riffle zones were opened.

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Douglas II. 

Stone vortex weirs were created on the Douglas II River, which branches off the Derreen River. The spawning beds were also restored with added gravel and fencing with willow slips was created.

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Knickeen.

The work carried out on the Knickeen River in the Glen of Imaal was supported by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and Defence Forces. Stone vortex weirs were created and the spawning beds were also restored with added gravel.

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