Deadline extended for West Country Award that launches next generation of river conservationists

31/05/2017

The closing date to apply for the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award, which aims to help young graduates studying aquatic sciences has been extended to June 14th June 2017

Now in its third year, the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2017, set up by Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) in collaboration with the Arundel Arms and Fario Club is  open to young fisheries or aquatic students and offers an unbeatable opportunity to study the practical elements of river restoration and management.

Vicky Fowler, who studied biological science at Exeter University, is a previous winner of the Award and found the experience extremely beneficial to  her future career.  She said, “This was such a rewarding experience and it was the first time that I had appreciated how science impacts in the real world. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the practical side of river management, including conservation, catchment management, identifying funding opportunities and communicating with different stakeholders.  I really did learn a huge amount.”

Vicky is now working towards gaining a PhD and is studying with the British Antarctic survey team.  Her eventual aim is to stay in the aquatic conservation field but working on a very practical level.

Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science with S&TC UK, said, “Vicky is a fantastic example of why this Award is so important and offers such an amazing opportunity for young fisheries/aquatic students to gain unbeatable work experience.”

The Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award offers students:

  •          One week at the Arundell Arms, one of the country’s leading Country Sports hotel; learning hands-on fisheries management and fly-fishing from the experienced river managers and gillies.
  •          One week with the West Country Rivers Trust; learning catchment management and water science from the Trusts eminent scientists.
  •          £500 to cover expenses

 The work experience for the winning student has been organised for week commencing 25th September 2017.

 Anne Voss-Bark was a dedicated conservationist and her love of fly fishing made her aware of changes in the countryside detrimental to our rivers and fish.  She worked tirelessly to see this demise reversed. Anne was a strong supporter of the S&TC UK, the only UK fisheries campaigning charity. She was a Council Member, Vice Chairman and finally Vice President of the charity. Anne, with others, also founded the West Country Rivers Trust, embracing the concept of total river management. Anne will also always be well-remembered as the perfect hostess at the Arundell Arms in Lifton, Devon, which was rather run down on acquisition but developed by her over nearly 50 years into today’s eminent fishing and country sports hotel. 

Wild fish and their habitats were of great importance to Anne and the challenge for students wishing to submit an application for the Anne-Voss Bark Memorial Award, is to write a literature review on ‘Hatcheries – good or bad for wild fisheries’ (max. 2,500 words).

 The Closing date for applications is 14th June  2017. To submit an entry or for further information on the Award, please contact Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science at S&TC UK by email on: janina@salmon-trout.org .

 Photocaption: Vicky Fowler receiving her Anne Voss-Bark Award from S&TC UK trustee Anthony Bird

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Notes to editors:

 Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) was established as the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) in 1903 to address the damage done to our rivers by the polluting effects of the Industrial Revolution.  Throughout its history and to the present day, S&TC UK has worked to protect fisheries, fish stocks and the wider aquatic environment for the public benefit.  S&TC UK has charitable status in England, Wales and Scotland and its charitable objectives empower it to address all issues affecting fish and the aquatic environment, supported by robust evidence from its scientific network, and to take the widest possible remit in protecting salmonid fish stocks and the aquatic environment upon which they depend. www.salmon-trout.org