EA’s Fish Monitoring Report 2020 for the Test & Itchen

EA has just published its (annual) report on its monitoring of the fish populations in 2020, obviously impacted by Covid. It’s an interesting read. Accepting the vagaries of sampling fish in rivers, abundance of young trout and salmon was relatively low but looks like some really good news in the number of adult sea trout and salmon returning in that year to both rivers. The report discusses whether this might be linked to greatly reduced boat traffic in the English Channel, brought about by Covid.

Boradlands parr habitat
Narrow channels between tresses of ranunculus, providing exceptional salmon parr habitat at Tanyards on the Broadlands Estate.