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

Turning words into action for the Itchen

11/05/2017
We have recently joined forces with academics, anglers, fisheries scientists, conservation organisations and the Environment Agency to discuss the crucial […] Read More

S&TC Cymru urge Government to understand, value and act for rivers in Wales

03/05/2017
The fundamental message from our seminar in Builth Wells was that agricultural pollution of Welsh rivers and streams has reached […] Read More

Wild fish of Wales – Threats and Opportunities

10/04/2017
The recent spate of major pollution incidents in Wales and the resulting poor condition of rivers and streams in the […] Read More

Freshwater environments threatened by farmyard slurry

07/04/2017
Fisheries charity Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru have reacted with dismay at yet another major river pollution incident in Wales, […] Read More

How can we deal with silent but potentially deadly river invaders?

27/03/2017
Our rivers and chalkstreams are under threat like never before and we are in grave danger of failing to react […] Read More

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