All the funds we raise at the Great Yorkshire Show are ploughed back into worthy projects that aim to demonstrably improve habitat or passage for salmonids, and/or involve direct education of salmonid conservation.
To date, £12,000 has been put towards projects worth £230,000, involving 25 different organisations (angling clubs, conservation groups, private landowners etc) and 180 individual volunteers.
Nidderdale Angling Club received funds toward a project on Dauber Gill, to improve spawning habitat. After only one year, numbers of young-Pof-year trout were up 80%. See the 2023 Angling Trust film about this work:
Falling Stars Theatre Co. is in the process of developing an interactive, immersive production for schools in the Aire valley on the plight of our rivers told from the perspective of a young salmon. S&TC awarded £500.
Hawes & High Abbotside Angling Association has invested in a fish population survey of six tributaries of the Upper Ure to identify where best to target habitat improvement works, and has been allocated £500 towards project funding when landowner agreement is secured.
A tranche of S&TC project fund was submitted as a matched funding contribution towards TRoUT – Tackling Resilience on Underperforming Tributaries, leveraging £50k from the Yorkshire Water and working in partnership with various clubs / organisations across the Aire, Nidd & Wharfe. The focus is improving nine tributaries for spawning and fry habitat; all were electrofished for baseline data prior to any works progressing.
At Flasby Beck on the river Aire, a private landowner wanted to undo the historic straightening of the channel and reconnect the floodplain. S&TC made a financial contribution to allow artificial embankments to be lowered and boulders added the channel to increase flow diversity and improve retention and sorting of gravel for trout spawning habitat. With some work in progress and the beck during Storm Babet, increasing flood storage.
S&TC has also contributed £1000 towards new electrofishing kit for the Yorkshire Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer, helping clubs, rivers trusts etc to establish fish population baselines or monitoring surveys.
On Malham Beck, local landowners and anglers are working together to renaturalise the course of the channel, rewet meadows, and improve spawning habitat and adult holding habitat for trout. S&TC funds helped leverage money from Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.
Gilling West Fly Fishers received a contribution towards restoring their reaches of Skeeby Beck after gross pollution earlier this year, installing woody deflectors to sort gravels for spawning and translocating water crowfoot.