Living Rivers

Protecting and improving water quality & quantity

As of 2018, only 14% of rivers have 'good' ecological status. We are taking action NOW.

Wild fish numbers are declining and our rivers are suffering.

Our research shows that many rivers are struggling with excess nutrients and sediment, and other pollutants, causing the destruction of many of the UK's waters and wild fish.

Our rivers are in trouble, and we need to get to the bottom of it.

Healthy waters mean healthy ecosystems, and ultimately healthy fish.

We use scientific research and hard data to build an understanding of the key threats to water quality and quantity which wild fish encounter.

We use this evidence to deliver much needed change.

Our current Living Rivers case studies include... 

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Turning science into action to protect wild fish

Sound scientific evidence is key to action

We underpin our work with water quality and invertebrate analysis by independent scientists, academics and professional entomologists.

1. Our Living Rivers campaign collects sound scientific data....

2. This data paints a true picture of the health of rivers and the problems fish face...

3. We use this evidence to take calculated action and protect wild fish.

We are fact-led and operate our four Living Rivers campaigns in a case-study manner, pulling on research from...

We use this scientific evidence to support the necessary actions to protect wild fish and water – often using case studies to drive local and national policy change. This has led to improved water quality targets and better protection for our rivers.

Latest Living Rivers News

Afon Myddyfi – Photo Story

29/06/2018
  What is happening on the Myddfyi? The Myddyfi rises from a network of ditches and drains to the north […] Read More
post brexit green watchdog

River Avon: Riverfly Census Results

28/06/2018
River Avon Riverfly Census The results are in from our ground-breaking Riverfly Census campaign for the River Avon. View the […] Read More

S&TC Cymru: Snapshot survey of the River Tywi (Towy)

18/06/2018
  S&TC Cymru has reacted to growing concerns surrounding the prolific algal growth witnessed on the Tywi over recent weeks […] Read More
post brexit green watchdog

Our View: Post-Brexit Green Watchdog is not good enough

01/06/2018
Alas, it seems as though our fears for environmental regulation once we lave the EU – based on a post […] Read More
pesticides

Pinpointing Pesticides – Our national survey now uses water insects to solve chemical puzzle

27/03/2018
We are pleased to announce that pesticide fingerprints can now be detected using the Riverfly Census’ analytical tool kit… a massive breakthrough in monitoring water quality for neonicotinoids and other insect killing chemicals Read More

Will the Environment Agency’s proposals to protect wild salmon work?

02/02/2018
Can the EA Protect Wild Salmon? We warmly receive the Environment Agency’s proposed new measures to protect wild salmon stocks, […] Read More

A big, bright new vision for our watery places and the life within them

29/09/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), the national voice for the UK’s wild fish and where they live, has been protecting […] Read More
invasive species

Aliens in the app! Our invasive species series

03/08/2017
For all you app owners here’s a preview of the new update, available now! Read More

New research project aims to help tackle pollution in Welsh rivers

01/08/2017
Press Release Issued by Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru The worrying increase in the pollution of rivers in Wales has […] Read More

Derbyshire Rivers put under the microscope in flylife study

31/07/2017
Fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) is just reporting the results on the second year of its unique three-year […] Read More

Vitacress and Salmon & Trout Conservation Join Forces on Water Quality

18/07/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) and Vitacress have joined forces to help reduce phosphate outputs from the watercress industry. In-river […] Read More

Vitacress and Salmon & Trout Conservation Join Forces on Water Quality

18/07/2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) and Vitacress have joined forces to help reduce phosphate outputs from the watercress industry. In-river […] Read More

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