Barbel Society Spawning Survey


The Barbel Society is spearheading a national survey of barbel spawning sites on UK rivers. The purpose of the survey is to gather data on the dates and times of barbel spawning activity, and to build a central national register of barbel spawning sites in order to improve our understanding of barbel recruitment factors, as well as to enable better protection of those sites.

The survey will continue in the long term, and provide data to indicate any patterns or changes in spawning behaviour.

Historical and anecdotal information is also valuable, as long as a reliable estimate of date can be supplied.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide us with the following information in the e-mail.

  1. Your contact details; name/ tel/ address (CONFIDENTIAL)
  2. Name of river
  3. Name of stretch/nearest town
  4. Brief description of site; eg 100 metres upstream of weir, left bank
  5. Grid reference
  6. Controlling club/riparian owner
  7. Date
  8. Time
  9. Temperature
  10. River conditions, high/low/clear/coloured etc.
  11. Sizes and numbers of fish observed
  12. Duration of activity
  13. Any other comments

Angling clubs, riparian owners and individual anglers are invited to contribute to the survey. Anglers should ensure they have permission from controlling clubs/landowners to be present on the river bank.

The information received will remain confidential to the BS and EA, especially specific locations, but the general conclusions will eventually be shared as much as possible.

Please ensure your observations of spawning fish do not disturb them In any way.