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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:23 am

The flower show goes on until Sunday so I wouldn't bother trying, you will just get stuck. The eels will be OK, there is flow through the trap keeping it cool.
We can get down Saturday on pushbikes. Pity we can't do evenings as that would be very easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:31 am

Ok mate if thats Ok, thank you.

Back to normal next week so will get down midweek and then Saturday.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:22 am

I did turn around Dave. I doubt I'd have been there an hour later. I remember similar problems in a previous year although nowhere near as bad as this.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:58 pm

Patrick, Matthew & me met up this morning, caught 25 eels in the trap

It was very mucky, the big syphon was still going well, the small blue one had stopped, and no water coming down from the top of the pass even though the river level was high enough that there should have been.  We were prepared for this and brought a spanner and drain rods with us.

25 Eels


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Top of the pass before cleaning, blocked with twigs


Top of the pass after cleaning


Trap after cleaning


After cleaning there was still not much flow down the main chute so we removed some more sections, reached in - and pulled out handfuls of stinky mud with Zebra mussels and a few ordinary whelks mixed in.  We did this down most of the upper section.  The good thing about Molesey is the toilet facilities so you can scrub up afterwards, and the cafe.

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:08 pm

Nice work as always chaps, amazing how much had built up and grown in there.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:58 am

Think thats 175 for the year so far which is pretty good, 327 last year so we will exceed that I think. The previous year looks execpetional, interesting as we build up a bigger picture
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:43 am

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:24 am

Dear Everyone,

We’re long overdue an update on what has been happening this year with the eels so apologies for that.

Early on in the season we heard via the Environment Agency that the glass eel migration had been a bit of a non-event in the River Severn, normally a reliable indicator of what we can expect out here , sure enough numbers of incoming elvers are pretty low in comparison to this time  last year at most sites.

With thanks to Chris Cockel for going through the data, these are the totals you have recorded as of July 2nd



Ash 6

Brent 289

Crane (started trapping on June 29th) 8

Hogsmill 6

Lea 43

Longford 162

Medway 258

Thames- Molesey 146

Thames- Teddington 1

Wandle 20


I’m really delighted to tell you also that a new site at Mogden Sewage Treatment Works on the Dukes River has joined the programme just in the last few days. With the help of London Wildlife Trust, the  River Crane, upstream of the Dukes River, was trapped  from 2011 to 2013 with not a single eel found. This gave us the evidence we needed to secure funding from the SITA trust to build the passes that we are now recording data from. It’s fantastic to see the project working the way it should with evidence based investment into improving eel passage. You’ll see from the table above that were already seeing eels come up into the Crane Catchment.


We’ve set the date of October 20th up at ZSL, London Zoo for this year’s forum. I hope that as many of you can make it as possible. Please forward this mail to your volunteers so everyone can get it in their diaries.

Many thanks as always to you all for your help.

All best, Joe
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:31 pm

Dave and I visited the trap this evening, astonished to find it contained 57 eels!


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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:36 am

Excellent numbers, we are up to around 200 for the year Smile

Will be down on Saturday for 10am
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:59 am

Mitten Crab recording project: http://mittencrabs.org.uk/

We've had a request from some scientists at Royal Holloway to collect mitten crabs for analysis.
So please don't stamp on them any more, they need to be collected alive as follows:

Put them in a bucket, containing damp newspaper, with a lid.
Leave the bucket in the shade somewhere near the lock where they can pick it up
When we have some, need let them know ASAP:

Dr David Morritt,
Email: d.morritt@rhul.ac.uk and CC: Luke.DAddiego.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk
Tel: 01784 443971

I'll see what we can do about a lidded bucket to leave at the lock (old tile adhesive bucket?)

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:30 am

Ed Randall wrote:
Mitten Crab recording project: http://mittencrabs.org.uk/

We've had a request from some scientists at Royal Holloway to collect mitten crabs for analysis.
So please don't stamp on them any more, they need to be collected alive as follows:

Put them in a bucket, containing damp newspaper, with a lid.
Leave the bucket in the shade somewhere near the lock where they can pick it up
When we have some, need let them know ASAP:

Dr David Morritt,
Email: d.morritt@rhul.ac.uk and CC: Luke.DAddiego.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk
Tel: 01784 443971

I'll see what we can do about a lidded bucket to leave at the lock (old tile adhesive bucket?)



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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:31 am

SHOULD BE back 2 normal next week so can get me rear end out and about to help out with eels,
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:16 am

I've got a spreadsheet which automatically updates the page on the website now,
http://www.rivertac.org/thames-eel-monitoring-2015/

Don't seem to have any sizes recorded for 21st June?

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:03 pm

Should be on the sheet on the clipboard Ed. We can check on Saturday. I don't have any pictures from June so cant help at the mo. I shall meet whoever comes down tomorrow at the cafe.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:00 pm


Here are todays eel results.

And these are 20 June results. They are still coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:49 am

Cheers mate, good to see you both and thanks for the coffee

I am popping down Weds after work with any luck

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:47 pm

10 eels and 2 bullheads today

1 x 90
4 x 95
2 x 100
1 x 80
1 x 70
1 x 75

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:39 pm

I cant do Saturday morning can anybody else? If not I'll pop down in the afternoon when I'm finished.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:28 pm

I should be able to pull my Wight next week, and help out with the eels, as am still a bit busy, personel stuff
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:05 pm

We've got Crane riverfly in the morning and most of the rest of my weekend is taken up, so I can't do this weekend sorry folks

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:02 am

Maybe able to swing by just after lunch, its that crazy time of year. If not can get down Sunday am.

Patrick will text you late morning
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:29 pm

Nicola and I will be up at the trap on Sunday from 10 oclock if any one wants to come along. We'll be at Shawn's for his gossip first.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:08 pm


Here are the results for 19/7/15
9 in total. 80 mm is the last illegible number.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap Results 2015 !   Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:09 am

Thanks Patrick, been a pig of a weekend , so really apprecaite you getting down.

I will go midweek after work, and 100% next Saturday but maybe a bit earlier
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