Diglis Fish Pass organizes tours and photography exhibitions

DIGLIS Fishway is hosting a variety of family-friendly events this month.

Unlocking the Severn, the team behind Diglis Fishway, organize a series of events in August at the Fishway, including family sessions, documentary screenings and general tours.

There will be 25 minute tours by reservation in August, which will take you through the fish pass from the terrace to the underwater viewing gallery.

The tour will provide an opportunity to learn about scientific monitoring and have the chance to spot wild fish.

There will also be family-friendly viewing sessions, where three families at a time can observe the viewing window.

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A family-by-family ticket includes a group of up to five people.

It will also be possible to watch the documentary Unlocking the Severn on the big screen in the Underwater Viewing Gallery.

The 15-minute film tells the story of the challenges and successes of the project.

Diglis Island is also hosting two art installations this month, including the My Severn and Saving Sabrina photography exhibits.

The My Severn Photography Exhibition features photographs produced by participants of the My Severn Mindful Photography Workshops, run in conjunction with Unlocking the Severn and Look Again.

The exhibition explores the creative perspectives of the River Severn and its surroundings.

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The Saving Sabrina photography exhibition features the work of local photographer Paul Kilgallon, as he explores the wide range of relationships people have with the River Severn.

What is Diglis Fishway?

The purpose of a fishway is to allow fish to pass man-made blockages in the water. At Diglis, the weir means that many fish looking to swim upstream struggle because of the two-metre separation.

The weir was installed in the 1840s to create a deeper and more reliable pool of water upstream for boats.

Stronger fish such as salmon are sometimes able to jump over the weir, but many species do not possess the required strength.

The pass consists of 11 small pools, each only 20cm higher than the previous one, making it easier for fish to cross.

Fish sense the current of water in the river and can swim up, the walls of each pool relieving some of the force created by the water.

To book events, visit https://www.unlockingthesevern.co.uk/august-events-at-diglis-fish-pass/.

Julia P. Cluff