Jun 22, 2022 | Activities, Blog, Events

Salmon Run

Salmon Run Sunday 25 September 2022

 

The Atlantic salmon is a keystone species, an indicator of the health of our waters.  The story of the salmon also tells us about climate change and changing water temperatures in seas and rivers, water flow and water quality and barriers to movement which, through our industrial past, we have placed in the river. A question we received in the Exe Estuary Box was: When are the salmon coming back?

Following the journey of returning salmon on their remarkable odyssey from the wild north Atlantic to the shaded river valleys of Exmoor, over one day in Autumn (Sunday 25 September 2022) a relay of runners of different ages and abilities will pass between them a hand printed salmon ‘icon’ from the sea at Dawlish Warren to the spawning grounds in the River Barle – a journey of over the 50 miles. A group of four runners will set off early  from the ocean, numbers of runners will swell to two larger ‘shoals’ of approx 50 runners through Exeter’s valley park in two shorter runs and return to a relay of four, running in stages as they proceed up the Exe Valley Way to arrive in Exmoor at Tarr Steps late in the day (stages route see below). Participants will sign up to be part of the run and the run will be co-ordinated with Ceri Rees of Wild Running, a CIC with expertise in organising bespoke trail runs. To sign up for the Salmon Run each person will be invited to listen to a short podcast about the salmon and their story which will include interviews with local and academic experts.

Small pop up events will take place at the start and finish with staging/information points outdoors in Riverside Valley Park, Exeter at Salmon Pool Weir & Blackaller Weir. Representatives of Westcountry Rivers Trust, University of Exeter and RAMM will share knowledge about the past, present and future of these creatures and their history which is woven in the life of our city and river. On the Exe, river weirs are a key obstacle that salmon have to cross to get up and down river. (see blog for more info?). Salmon Run marks and celebrates this remarkable species, its journey and its ecological and cultural significance for our river the Exe and globally. To get involved as a runner or as a steward (Salmon Run needs both!) please email us now. In July we will release full information on how to book to take part and email you details or you can sign up to our mailing list.

Some things that make salmon so awesome?

Migrate thousands of miles

Navigate back to the same place that they were born

Survive in fresh and salt water by changing their breathing system

Survive extreme variations in water temperature

Lived in the Exe for thousands of years

Keystone species (play a vital part in the health of the river ecosystem)

Use the tides to help propell them up the river

For Salmon Run, Tidelines is working with Exeter City Council, University of Exeter and RAMM to pilot a project for Creative Arc – linking these organisations together across the city and Westcountry Rivers Trust and CoCars to help reduce the footprint of our event.

 

We welcome willing steward/volunteers and runners!

 

 
 
 

 

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