Redd Spotting

Redds are the nests of wild brown trout, which are 'cut' between November and March.  Recording them allows us to see whether these important native fish are thriving. It is also an indication of the overall health of the river because brown trout are only present if water quality is good. Redds are visible as distinct mounds of clean gravel, usually between 1 and 3 feet long. 

Approximately every two weeks, between November and March, ARK's trained redd spotters walk their stretch of river and mark the location of each new redd on a map or recording sheet.  At the end of each redd season the data is gathered and this helps us identify the best stretches of river, and which areas may need restoration.

We have a dedicated team of trained volunteer redd spotters who log data from a wide area of the Kennet - look out for details of further redd spotting training opportunities on our events page or email Anna Forbes to express your interest.