The Falkirk Wheel Fish Rescue


One of the most interesting fish rescues I have ever been involved in happened recently (30th September 2002) in Scotland. Previous trips over the past few years have seen extensive fish rescues undertaken on the Union Canal (Falkirk to Edinburgh) and the Forth & Clyde Canal (Falkirk to Glasgow), but nothing quite as breathtaking as this. As part of the Millennium link £20 million pounds has been invested in the joining of these two canals. Due to the degree of elevation between these waterways a series of locks would have been both complicated and extensive. The solution was a 35-metre diameter rotating wheel. Transporting boats between the canals has allowed the navigation from Glasgow to Edinburgh coupled with a truly successful tourist attraction. The wheel has pulled upwards of 230,000 visitors in the first 5 months of opening, well above initial expectations.

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