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Largest fish pass in Midlands allows fish to spawn after 100 years

The Borrowash Weir on the River Derwent, Derbyshire Photo: The Environment Agency

Work on the Midlands' largest fish pass is now complete.

The Environment Agency have built the Borrowash fish pass at the Borrowash Weir on the River Derwent, in Derbyshire, to allow fish to freely migrate upstream to their spawning grounds.

They haven't been able to do this for at least 100 years.

During construction Credit: The Environment Agency

Eel, Lamprey, Salmon and Sea Trout will all pass through the, first, artificial barrier on the River Derwent tomorrow when the fish pass is officially opened.

After construction Credit: The Environment Agency

The work has been carried out by a partnership between the Environment Agency, the Trent Rivers Trust and Derby City Council to restore sustainable fish populations.

It's hoped the pass, which is part of a project that has built 9 fish passages along the River Trent and Derwent, will create a much healthier and more diverse River Derwent catchment.