Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020

The Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020 is now open to students.

See below for details on this exciting award, and please share with any suitable students you may know.

What is the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award?

Set up by Salmon & Trout Conservation in collaboration with the Arundel Arms, the Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award 2020 offers students:

  • One week work experience with the West Country Rivers Trust; learning catchment management and water science from the Trusts eminent scientists
  • Two day fly fishing course
  • Complimentary stay at the Arundell Arms hotel during the work experience
  • £250

The work experience for the winning student will be organised for this autumn.

Who is the Anne Voss-Bark Award open to?

The award is open to young fisheries or aquatic students and offers an unbeatable opportunity to study the practical elements of river restoration and management.

What does a previous winner say?

Mark Fordham, winner of the 2019 award said:

"…..the placement has been a fantastic experience – and has allowed me to apply the information I have learned from my course to real life scenarios and project work. I have learned a massive amount during the placement, and cannot thank the team at West Country Rivers Trust enough. I’d also extend my thanks and gratitude to Adam, David, Alex and the rest of the team from The Arundell Arms. I would highly recommend the opportunity to anybody interested in this area of work – it will deepen your understanding of the subject, and inspire you to learn and achieve more!"

Who was Ann Voss-Bark?

Anne Voss-Bark was a dedicated conservationist and prominent hotelier. 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 (then S&TA), 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.

How can students apply for the Anne Voss-Bark Award 2020?

Wild fish and their habitats were of great importance to Anne, and we look for the same level of  passion in our applicants.

To apply, in no more than 500 words explain what this work experience opportunity means to you, why you should get this opportunity, and how it would benefit you.

Applicants will need to be available to undertake the placement between the 22nd - 28th August 2020

The Closing date for applications is 31st May 2020.

To submit an entry or for further information on the Award, please contact Dr Janina Gray, Head of Science at S&TC by email on: janina@salmon-trout.org