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


Riverfly Census

A benchmark for river life


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!


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


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.



National survey identifies lethal problems below the surface of our rivers

22 Jun 2017
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), a charity working to protect wild fish and their waters, has just completed the second year of its unique three-year national Riverfly Census. Read More

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

03 May 2017
The fundamental message from our seminar in Builth Wells was that agricultural pollution of Welsh rivers and streams has reached endemic proportions and that time is running out to protect the wild fish and other aquatic wildlife that depend on clean fresh waters to survive. Speaking to the mixed audience […] Read More

Wild fish of Wales – Threats and Opportunities

10 Apr 2017
The recent spate of major pollution incidents in Wales and the resulting poor condition of rivers and streams in the country has led fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru to organise a specially convened seminar to discuss the future of wild fish in Wales – ‘Threats and Opportunities’. The […] Read More
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Water insect research in Hampshire could spark a revival for ailing rivers

02 Mar 2017
In a unique agreement of its kind, the Environment Agency (EA) in Hampshire and Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) have for the first time agreed key environmental local bespoke targets for the Rivers Test and Itchen to help drive ecological improvements. S&TC UK believe this is a precedent for other rivers to follow. Read More

Charity warns that tidal lagoon In Swansea Bay could prove disastrous for iconic Welsh fish

13 Jan 2017
Leading fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru (S&TCC) have major environmental concerns about a report by former energy minister, Charles Hendry, which supports a tidal barrage in Swansea Bay. Read More

Conservationists are stunned by devastating pollution incident on the Teifi

22 Dec 2016
Conservationists from the charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru (S&TCC), are shocked by the devastating impact of a pollution incident on the River Teifi, which has killed vast numbers of fish and potentially other wildlife on a six mile stretch of this supposedly specially protected river. Despite its international designation […] Read More

Angling and Fisheries organisations call on Ministers not to throw out the environmental baby in the Brexit bathwater.

07 Oct 2016
The UK’s major angling and fisheries conservation groups have today published a joint paper setting out their concerns over any moves to water down EU environmental legislation and urging the government to seize opportunities for reform of policies regarding farm subsidies and fisheries management in the wake of the Brexit […] Read More

River invertebrates could hold the key to abysmal state of rivers in Wales

16 Sep 2016
Leading fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) has brought forward its programme of river invertebrate monitoring on three rivers in Wales to support efforts by Natural Resource Wales, who are investigating the unprecedented threats facing rivers and salmon stocks in Wales. Shockingly, a recent report identifies that […] Read More

Check Clean Dry Summer 2016 – Don’t bring back invasive species and diseases from abroad

01 Aug 2016
In recent years the rate of new introductions of invasive freshwater species to Britain has increased dramatically In recent years the rate of new introductions of invasive freshwater species to Britain has increased dramatically. Following the 1992 creation of a canal linking the Danube and Rhine, numerous species from the […] Read More

Fisheries charity takes on the mantle of protecting rivers in Wales

06 May 2016
Rivers and streams across Wales are the life-blood of the country for both people and wildlife Rivers and streams across Wales are the life-blood of the country for both people and wildlife. But these once pristine rivers are facing a range of ecological threats, which if not reduced could render […] Read More

S&TC UK welcomes the European Commission’s action to make the UK Government correctly enact WFD into law

28 Oct 2015
Commission asks the United Kingdom to revisit key elements of water legislation Salmon & Trout Conservation UK, the charity that campaigns for fish and our aquatic environment, is delighted that the European Commission is asking the United Kingdom to ensure that the Water Framework Directive (WFD – Directive 2000/60/EC) is […] Read More

Salmon & Trout Association asks members to defend key nature laws

13 Mar 2015
The S&TA is one of 100 voluntary organisations across the UK that have joined forces to call for the protection of Europe’s natural environment and the laws which underpin conservation or rivers and lakes across Europe. The European Habitats Directive exists to protect the most important wildlife species and habitats […] Read More


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.

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