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Fish relocated ahead of Birmingham flood scheme

General - Stone Loach

The next stage of the Environment Agency’s (EA) £32m flood risk project in Perry Barr and Witton, Birmingham has seen a number of fish rescued from a section of the River Tame.

Earlier this month, Environment Agency ecologists removed a number of coarse fish from a section of the River Tame enabling phase two of the flood scheme to commence. The river is home to a range of fish species including perch, chub, stone loach and bullhead.

The scheme aims to reduce flood risk for 1,400 local properties. Phase two will see a 120m stretch of the river redirected enabling the construction of a flood control structure. The structure will act as an outlet, reducing the flow of water travelling down the Tame and storing excess water during times of heavy rain.

The construction of the outlet structure is expected to take around 9 months. Following completion of the works, another fish relocation mission will take place, when the River Tame is returned to its original flow.

Josh Harris, Environment Agency project manager said: "The fish rescue ensured that fish were relocated to a suitable habitat elsewhere in the river, before the river is placed into its new temporary channel. . . The work needed to be done during the winter months, to ensure that we did not disturb the river during spawning periods for these fish."

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