Diglis Island Canal and River Trust

Diglis Island - Helping the Twaite Shad

Fundraising for Canal & River Trust
raised of £1,500 target
by 34 supporters
Diglis Island - Fundraising for Canal & River Trust
We bring 2,000 miles of waterways to life to give you a place to be happy & healthy


Recorded on the picturesque Diglis Island, watch the session to learn more about our Unlocking the River Severn project and how your support can help the endangered twait shad.

Diglis Island is a unique location in the heart of Worcester city, surrounded by the River Severn and Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

The River Severn is home to the endangered twait shad, a species of fish that has suffered a significant decline in numbers due to a range of factors, including barriers to migration.

Your visit starts on Diglis lock island in the middle of the River Severn, accessed via crossing the lock gates. Here you will visit the renovated Victorian workshop and learn about this artificial island's history. We will explain how a rare species of fish – the twaite shad – was impacted when the weirs were built on the River Severn in the 1840s, including the Diglis weir and lock island. You will learn how we have restored access to their historic spawning grounds and improved connectivity for all fish on the river via building innovative fish passes.

We will take you along the riverside path to our new Diglis fish pass – England and Wales's most significant of its kind. You will have the chance to descend beneath the river's surface into our unique underwater viewing gallery, and you may be lucky to spot some wild fish swimming through the pass!

Unlocking the Severn is a conservation and river engagement project delivered by Canal & River Trust, with partners Severn Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England. This project is made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Union LIFE programme.

About the charity

We're the charity who look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. At Canal & River Trust, we're working with communities to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better.

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