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Independent. Science-led. Action driven.

Wild fish need protection and healthy habitats. We are the UK's only independent charity campaigning nationally to restore nature's hatchery.

Our vision at Salmon & Trout Conservation is a sustainable water environment which supports an abundance of wild fish.

Why does this matter? And how do we use science and lobbying to protect salmon & trout? Find out more about the problems we are researching and the actions we are taking for the UK's wild fish.

We have been defending salmon & trout in the UK since 1903, but our campaigns have never been more urgent or so important.

We have evolved over 115 years into a leading conservation charity - the only one in the UK campaigning specifically for wild fish. Find out more about our heritage, our beliefs, who we work with, and how we operate.

We are independent and receive no government money. Without generous supporters we would not exist.

There are a range of ways individuals and businesses can get involved in the on-going protection of the UK's wild fish. Find out more about why we need your support more than ever and the many ways you can help.

Our Latest Updates

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins Prix Charles Ritz Award 2019

09 January 2020
Salmon & Trout Conservation and The International Fario Club are delighted to announce the Don Catchment Rivers Trust as recipients of the Prix Charles Ritz Award for England and Wales 2019 The Prix Charles Ritz award celebrates and rewards those who champion work to develop and improve rivers. Specifically, the award is granted to initiatives […]

Can a “feed the world” mantra justify trashing our marine environment?

09 December 2019
“The suggestion that salmon farming is somehow justifiable in order to feed the world simply will not wash.” Andrew Graham-Stewart, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland I have been cursing Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary in Scotland for the Rural Economy, of late. Of course, it is nothing personal. I will explain. On November 6 I […]

Dr Cyril Bennett MBE becomes S&TC’s latest honorary life member

09 December 2019
We are proud to award Cyril Bennett an honorary life membership of S&TC for his massive contribution to protecting river ecology in general and to the Riverfly Census and SmartRivers in particular. He has been a fly fisherman for 60 years which has stimulated his keen interest in riverfly identification and aquatic ecology. Cyril is […]

“Responsibly Sourced” Are supermarkets facing a crisis of credibility?

09 December 2019
“Supermarkets face a crisis of credibility unless they take immediate action to address systemic failings in their own farmed salmon buying policies.” With the launch of a report into the state of farmed salmon being sold on supermarket shelves, Scottish conservation and welfare charities, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) and OneKind, are jointly calling […]

Incinerator proposal raises serious concerns

08 December 2019
“This proposed incinerator at Barton Stacey in the Test Valley raises serious environmental concerns” Nick Measham, Salmon & Trout Conservation S&TC do not normally comment on local planning issues but the proposed incinerator at Barton Stacey in the Test Valley raises grave national environmental issues: 1. Abstraction in the headwaters of a fragile chalk stream, […]

River Invertebrate App – Status Update

07 November 2019
We are aware users of our invertebrate identification app have been experiencing access issues. S&TC apologises for any inconvenience caused. We are aware users of our invertebrate identification app have been experiencing access issues. S&TC apologises for any inconvenience caused. Due to a problem out of our control we have had to migrate the app […]

Agricultural Pollution Update – Nov 2019

06 November 2019
Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers are classified as healthy….. Government figures show currently only 14% of rivers are classified as healthy and rural areas are impacting 35% of waterbodies (EA, 2015). Evidence from the Riverfly Census has shown the greatest stressors on our rivers are sediment, excess nutrients, pesticides and other toxic […]

SmartRivers Update – Great Stour

06 November 2019
This autumn we took SmartRivers to the beautiful county of Kent. Thanks to the generosity of Stour Fishery Association we were able to start working on the Great Stour, an interesting river that begins away from Kent’s chalk downs, yet enjoys the full character of a chalk stream due to significant influxes of groundwater from […]

Riverfly Partnership News

30 September 2019
There are many Riverfly monitoring schemes around, so it can be tricky to understand why so many different schemes are necessary. As the population continues to expand, and our dependence on the environment increases, it is more important than ever that we keep a close eye on the health of our water ecosystems. Thankfully, there […]

SmartRivers is delivering results

12 September 2019
The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under Nick Measham, Deputy CEO, S&TC To view the full interview click HERE The hot dry summer has exposed the stress our rivers are under – particularly in Southern chalkstreams where algal growth and sediment is choking life to a seemingly unprecedented extent. Once […]

We fight for healthy ecosystems & fish protection

Protection during their migration

Open-net pen salmon farming is devastating wild fish stocks and harming the environment in Scotland.

Sea lice, disease and many more issues plague salmon farming. We have secured TWO parliamentary inquiries and continue to push for much needed legislative change.

Water quality & quantity

Only 14% of rivers in England have 'good' ecological status, with water quality and quantity declining rapidly.

We lead the fight to protect wild fish habitats from the many threats they face; including  sewage, agricultural pollution, micro-plastics, abstraction and, sadly, much more.

Pinpointing the pressures

Currently, the ideal conditions to maximise 'nature's nursery' of salmon and trout are not being met in our rivers.

SmartRivers employs volunteers to sample & analyse invertebrates to species-level, to diagnose water quality pressures stressing juvenile wild salmon & trout.

We rely on your support to protect wild fish and the places they live.

By donating or joining as a member you will be making a huge contribution to the fight to protect the UK's waters and ensure a sustainable future for wild fish.