Howden Bridge weir is situated in the centre of Livingston and once supplied water to a nearby saw mill, now the site of a new housing development. A very basic construction of concrete covering rock infill, this weir is 40m wide and stands on the footprint of a structure which is thought to have been built in the mid 19th century.
The plan for this weir is to create a rock ramp, similar to the one planned for Mid Calder weir. Large boulders will be placed in front of the existing weir to create pools and a shallower incline for the migrating fish to find their way upstream. It is thought that this weir is currently the upper most limit to the salmon and sea trout migration on the Almond so improving this barrier should open up much more spawning habitat for these species.
2019 update. The rock ramp at Howden bridge was completed in the spring of 2019. The official opening of the project took place in September, details of which can be seen in the blog section of the website. The Howden rock ramp has also been shortlisted in the coasts and waters category of the Nature of Scotland awards. These awards take place in early December, stay tuned to the website for more info.
Where can I see it?
On the eastern outskirts of Livingston, this bridge once carried the main Edinburgh-Kilmarnock Road.
WGS84: 55:53.3083N 3:30.2098W
Construction is complete on this project intended to return fish to the upper reaches of a West Lothian river for the first time in 200 years.
The rock ramp at Howden Bridge in Livingston is in place as part of a bid to replenish fish stocks in the Almond.
The project known as RiverLife is the first of its kind in Scotland and will be the UK’s largest rock ramp.
Read all of the blog post updates about Howden Bridge here.