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 be sure that you have permission of the controlling club or riparian owner to be on the riverbank, and take care that your observations do not disturb the fish in any way.

Please fill in the contact form below with as much detail as possible.