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Glaven Eel Project

Glaven Eel Project

Norfolk Rivers Trust (NRT) has delivered a two-year Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project working with eels in the River Glaven. The main aims of the project were to:

  • Find out more about the populations and movements of eels in the Glaven Catchment.
  • To improve habitats for eels.
  • To deliver some exciting heritage and education work with local schools and communities.

Since 2013, there has been a legal requirement that 60% of elver’s caught should be made available for restocking and educational purposes. Consequently, in 2015 and 2016, we received some elvers from the River Severn to distribute around local schools – these included Walsingham, Holt, Blakeney, Sheringham and Astley – all located near the River Glaven.

As well as caring for these elvers in the classroom over the summer months, the children were involved in the elver’s release process and undertook various workshops and creative activities to learn about eel conservation and lifecycles, water quality and river restoration. The overall aim of this project was to encourage young people to engage with their local river and be aware of their own impact on the local environment.

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