Fisheries Scientist Joins the Battle to Restore our Rivers and Chalkstreams

A three year grant from the John Ellerman Foundation has enabled leading fisheries charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) to strengthen its science team. This newly created post will help to further drive forward its ongoing campaign to clean up our rivers and precious chalkstreams. ... Full story

Lottery Funding For Wylye Water Meadows

Chalk stream water meadows are to receive Lottery funding. Chalk stream anglers spend a lot of their time amongst water meadows, but few are aware of the purpose and historical significance of these unique and artificial landscapes. Now, thanks to a grant of £28,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding from Wiltshire Council, the historically and ecologically unique water meadow systems of the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire are to be the subject of an historical research and public awareness project. ... Full story

Resurrecting the Past to Save the Future

Simon Cooper has reason to regret his mocking of water meadow restoration… ... Full story

A Permit to Pollute the Lambourn?

The Angling Trust is urging anglers to back a campaign to stop what it believes is a ‘permit to pollute’ an iconic chalk stream. ... Full story

Is it Really 25 Years?

Simon Cooper reflects upon a quarter of a century of Fishing Breaks ... Full story

Major Improvements Planned for Upper River Kennet

A new pipeline will deliver a long-awaited boost for flow in the upper reaches of the iconic chalk stream, the River Kennet. ... Full story

Chalkstreams – It’s Looking Good!

The recent Wild Trout Trust Awards brought it home to Simon Cooper that here is some really great stuff happening on our chalkstreams. ... Full story

All Hail Halford

Simon Cooper offers up thanks to ‘the daddy’ of modern dry fly fishing, F M Halford. ... Full story

Chalkstream Champion Honoured

The first Chalkstream Champion Award was presented to Richard Bienfait, Chief Executive of Affinity Water, for committing to reduce water abstraction dramatically on the rivers Mimram, Beane and Ver, ... Full story

Fish and Fly are the Winners!

After the severe flooding of the winter of 2013 / 14 Simon Cooper reckons that, on balance, the fish and flies have actually come out on top. ... Full story

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