Wales

we are the voice for wild fish in welsh waters

S&TC Cymru work to secure the protection that our beautiful Welsh water environments deserve. Some of our key achievements include:

Collaborating with other NGO's through Wales Environment Link

Preventing forestry which is damaging to spawning streams

Protecting Welsh rivers via our Riverfly Census monitoring

Preventing sheep dip chemicals lethal to river life

Contributing to the restoration of endangered European eels

S&TC CYMRU CAMPAIGNS

Riverfly Census

A benchmark for river life

riverfly-census

Water insects are the foundation for life in our rivers and streams.

We are unlocking their potential as indicators of river health to help 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 land issues out of 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, causing numerous issues.

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

liveing-rivers

Rivers are more than just water - they are homes for wildlife.

Poor farming practices are a big problem for Welsh waters, but with your help we can create a sustainable water environment.

We are influencing post CAP agricultural grants and subsidies so they are paid as rewards for protecting the environment, particularly in Welsh river systems.

S&TC CYMRU NEWS

Plastic Pollution

From source to sea: S&TC unite with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to highlight plastic’s destructive journey

04 Feb 2019
  Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: plastic pollution. We’ve teamed up with Marine Conservation Society to highlight the issue, as we start to build a campaign which aims to educate on, and ultimately tackle, the enormous plastic problem our wild fish are facing. […] Read More
year in review

2018: A year in review

21 Dec 2018
What have we achieved this year? 2018 has been our biggest year yet! So where has your support got us, and what have we done for wild fish protection and conservation? Our CEO’s Year In Review summaries our influence, accomplishments and campaigns over the past 12 months.  View our full […] Read More
smartrivers

Latest data on River Test and River Itchen reveals concerning issues

17 Dec 2018
  Test and Itchen are no exception to grim decline in water quality and flylife The S&TC Riverfly Census continues to reveal worrying declines in flylife and water quality in rivers across England and Wales, as confirmed by our latest report on the River Test and the River Itchen (the […] Read More
low water flows

Suffering salmon: A temperature-gauge for our worryingly low water-flow

26 Nov 2018
By our Head of Science and Policy, Dr Janina Gray. The original article was written for Countryside and Wildlife Link. What would a third dry winter mean for wildlife and habitats? Worryingly low water flows are of major concern to much wildlife, particularly salmon which rely on flowing rivers to […] Read More
welsh agricultural pollution regulations

S&TC Cymru welcomes new agricultural pollution regulations

19 Nov 2018
Welcome news from Wales: New regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution Following an extensive lobbying exercise, S&TC Cymru are greatly encouraged by the recent announcement by Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, to introduce regulatory measures to combat the growing threat to the freshwater […] Read More
protect water

S&TC joins 100 NGOs in Europe-wide #ProtectWater campaign

09 Oct 2018
S&TC is one of 100 NGOs[1 ] joining forces across Europe to tackle proposed weakening of EU freshwater protection laws As part of #ProtectWater, we are uniting to launch a campaign calling on the European Commission to defend the law that protects all sources of water, such as rivers, lakes, wetlands […] Read More
hardy partners with S&TC

Hardy partners with S&TC to help conserve wild fish

08 Oct 2018
Hardy partners with S&TC Salmon & Trout Conservation are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with leading tackle manufacturer, Hardy. The collaboration will see the two organisations work together on various projects to conserve wild fish and their waters, including the production and auction of two truly bespoke Hardy […] Read More
agricultural bill

Agricultural Bill: Is a ‘Green Brexit’ possible?

20 Sep 2018
The first major Agriculture Bill for over 70 years has now been published, promising a cleaner, greener and healthier environment post Brexit Currently farmers receive €4 billion in subsides each year, which is divided up related to the total amount of land farmed. For current subsidies farmers do not need […] Read More
plastic rivers

Plastic Rivers

31 Aug 2018
Plastic Rivers: An overlooked but essential element of the global plastic problem We are all familiar with the shocking plastic-related headlines and imagery that has filled our media channels over the past year: sea turtles with straws up their noses, the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and fears about plastics in […] Read More
eels

S&TC Cymru partners with other conservation groups to help restore endangered eels

27 Jul 2018
Conservation groups give hope for endangered eels by providing them a new home at Cyfarthfa Park Lake, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales S&TC Cymru and South East Wales Rivers Trust, as joint lead partners for the European eel in the Wales Environment Link (WEL) species champion initiative, have come together with National Resources […] Read More

Afon Myddyfi – Photo Story

29 Jun 2018
  What is happening on the Myddfyi? The Myddyfi rises from a network of ditches and drains to the north of Salem, in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire, and flows first to the southwest, and then southwards towards Pentrefelin, before joining the Tywi at Cilsan. It appears to enjoy good […] Read More

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

18 Jun 2018
  S&TC Cymru has reacted to growing concerns surrounding the prolific algal growth witnessed on the Tywi over recent weeks by conducting a snapshot survey of the most affected part of the river. Conditions at the time of the visit (11th of June 2018) reflected a prolonged absence of rain […] Read More

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.

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.

Stay up to date with our latest news & press releases