Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Amazing Journey; the Wildlife TRUSTS Northumberland Sponsored by Environment Agency

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Amazing Journey; the Wildlife TRUSTS Northumberland Sponsored by Environment Agency

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The amazing journeys of Northumberland's fish by Kevin O'Hara, conservation officer, Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

ANIMALS migrate from one place to another for different environmental reasons.

Swallows migrate to warmer climes to avoid a lack of food in British winters, while geese arrive to avoid a similar fate from the arctic regions.

Beneath the surface of Northumberland's rivers, streams and estuaries there are other migrators that are less well-known but still affected by environmental situations.

Northumberland rivers are famous for their salmon and sea trout. Both species migrate from salt to freshwater to breed and avoid competition and predators out at sea.

Every year they swarm in from the sea, travelling huge distances, yet their feats go largely unrecognised. Sea trout prefer to stay close to the coast or estuary of their birth. But salmon may travel as far as the Greenland ice shelf and may stay at sea for up to three years before returning fully grown. …

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