Wales

We are the voice for wild fish in Welsh waters. Recent press stories are painting a sorry picture, with headlines of slurry spills and fish kills a regular occurrence. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is huge opportunity in the upcoming years to secure the protection that our beautiful Welsh water environments deserve.

Welsh waters have a bright future; we are very excited that our work in Wales has found its feet. From unravelling the story of Welsh rivers through initiation of our Riverfly Census, to preventing the use of pesticides toxic to fish eggs and the planting of damaging non-native forestry plantations beside important upland spawning streams.

Close communications with Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government, plus our membership of Wales Environment Link, mean we can make real headway with kick starting the recovery of some of Wales’s most degraded watercourses and encouraging the return of wild salmon and sea trout.

Riverfly Census

A benchmark for river life

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Water insects are the foundation for life in our rivers and streams. We are unlocking their potential as indicators of river health to help you understand what’s really happening under the surface and better protect our fish and water life. Our first Welsh samples have been taken in three well-known rivers; keep watch to see how their story unfolds!

Forestry

Keeping what happens on land out of the water

21a Acid producing conifers planted beside a Welsh spawning stream, one of the issues covered in 'Valuing our Freshwaters' (2)

Activities on land cannot be considered in isolation of the water environment and forestry is no exception to this. In Wales, non-native conifer forestry next to rivers is a common occurrence. When managed properly, forestry can be a good thing, holding back water to prevent floods and evening out river flows. Explore how we have worked to give our watery places and wild fish relief from the effects of poorly operated forestry

Living Rivers

Reviving our watery places

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Rivers are more than just water - they are homes for wildlife. With your help we can lead the fight to keep them clean and give our fish, birds and mammals a safe and flourishing place to live. Poor farming practices are a big problem for Welsh waters (see Agriculture and Us). We are influencing post CAP agricultural grants and subsidies so they are paid as rewards for protecting the environment, particularly in Welsh river systems.

ONE VOICE FOR WELSH WATERS

S&TC Cymru is an active part of Wales Environment Link (WEL). This is the official link between environmental charities like us and the Welsh Government. As well as lobbying independently we also work together with WEL to make a difference to our water environments.

We were a lead author of WEL’s publication: Valuing our Freshwaters. This contains the requirements for a healthy water environment in Wales.

Latest Welsh news

Welsh charities join forces for World Fish Migration Day

16th April 2018
This Saturday we will be helping to celebrate the third World Fish Migration day. There will be a number of fascinating events and activities in Wales for people to enjoy and learn more about the life-cycle of migratory fish species. This global initiative aims to highlight the importance of conserving […] Read More

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

27th March 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

Have your say for Welsh waters

8th March 2018
Many of the rivers of Wales are facing a range of ecological threats which threaten to render them unfit for the wild fish and other aquatic wildlife that depend on clean freshwaters to survive. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural spring seminar, we have decided to provide another […] Read More

The toxic chemicals keep coming – a further threat in a struggling English chalkstream

19th February 2018
Currently many of our rivers across the UK are impacted by a variety of undesirable inputs.  Influencing the future health of these important waterways is one of our key objectives. We continue to be extremely concerned about a worrying example of pollution by a business operating on the Upper Itchen […] Read More

Chlorinated chemicals in our areas of conservation? Just say no!

29th January 2018
One of our main objectives is to influence the clean-up of rivers across the UK, where many waterways are impacted by a variety of undesirable inputs. We use local issues to bring attention to problems at national level, and one such case is very topical on the Upper Itchen right now. […] Read More

Sea Trout: Science & Management

22nd January 2018
Sea Trout, Science & Management is a book containing the proceedings of the 2nd International Sea Trout Symposium, held in Ireland in 2016. The Proceedings are edited by Graeme Harris, an eminent authority on sea trout and long-term member and scientific adviser to S&TC.  S&TC was one of the Symposium’s […] Read More

Mayfly research emphasises serious need for river regulation re-think

12th January 2018
For the first time a new research study, co-authored and financed by S&TC and published in the science journal Environmental Pollution, shows how even modest levels of sediment and phosphate are threatening the very life-blood in our rivers and streams. This research matters as our Riverfly Census shows rivers are suffering from […] Read More

The power of bugs – Designing measures to properly capture the health of our rivers

10th November 2017
Wednesday 8th November was a very exciting day, as entomology experts from around the UK came to our workshop to discuss the potential for biometric measures (environmental ‘scores’ calculated from water insect samples) to extend evaluation of our watery places beyond the broader, less specific brush of the Water Framework […] Read More

Success from the S&TC auction – funding a better future for wild fish and where they live

24th October 2017
We are delighted to report that our recent online, live and silent auctions, which culminated in a spectacular dinner at Fishmongers Hall in London, raised an unprecedented £120,000! The three separate auctions offered many truly remarkable and rare opportunities to bid for exclusive fishing opportunities, stunning works of art, fishing […] Read More

S&TC auction offers lots from fishing to feasting that money can’t buy

31st August 2017
Keen cricketing fans will be rushing to bid in Salmon & Trout Conservation’s annual auction for a rare chance to fish and then enjoy lunch on the glorious River Itchen in the esteemed company of the one and only voice of cricket; Henry Calthorpe Blofeld or ‘Blowers’ as he is […] Read More