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Grayling Spawning Survey

The GRT has launched a project to record sightings and the timing of grayling spawning; i.e. actually laying eggs, rather than just pre-spawning movements onto spawning areas, or pre-spawning behaviour, which are also of interest, but take place over a longer time. This study is being undertaken because there is little information on the timing of grayling spawning and how this varies across the country/continent. It is hoped that the findings from this study will be used to inform the planning of in-stream engineering works and help protect important spawning habitat. If you are out on the river bank and notice grayling spawning, please let the GRT know: the River, Date, Location (NGR, or marked up map, if possible but certainly at least nearest town/village) and any additional observations. To make reporting sightings easy, a short submission form is available below or simply tweet (@GRT_Updates or #graylingspawning). Results will be mapped and displayed on the GRT website as they come in, and a full report will be presented at the AGM in Pickering, so you can compare rivers.

To help people recognise when grayling are spawning, a video is available to watch on the GRT website under About Grayling (Spawning).

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River Rother

On the 25th of June the Environment Agency stocked 3000 0 to 1 year class Grayling in the River Rother at Chesterfield. This is the first of three stockings planned (3000 Grayling in 2016 and 3000 more in 2017).

For several years Grayling have been caught by local anglers in small numbers but this stocking program by the Environment Agency will add to the existing small population but also shows the EA's confidence in the improving quality of the river.




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