Help us to preserve one of our loveliest rivers
an essential part of our national heritage
Welcome to our web page! We are a small group of people
whose concern is with the River Wye and its tributaries, from its source
at Plynlimon in the Welsh hills to its mouth in the Severn Estuary at
Chepstow. Read more about us here.
Another link on flooding:
for article. Also, there was an interview with George Monbiot on the BBC's
programme, Friday 7 March, 2014. The programme is 3 hours long, and the interview comes at about 16½ minutes before the end, i.e. at 2:43:30
satellite image, taken on 16 February, shows where our soil goes once
it's been washed off
our fields. Photograph: Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
Some of the fields that have been under water for so
long are now beginning to appear above water. So- with a bit of care- I
think we can attempt to start this year's Litter pick. One month late!
Dates: Meet at the Boat Inn Whitney on Wye
Saturday March 8th (start at 9 am) (we will finish in time for Rugby)
Meet at The Red Lion Bredwardine (start 10 am)
Tues March 11th
Sat March 15th
Please let me know
(bring food/drink/suitable clothing/wellies)
Other dates-- meeting place tba.
March 28th (with the EA)
April 9th (with the Angling Trust)
Canoes (I am grateful to have the full support of 'Paddles and Peddles'
Hay on Wye -for this).
Sat 29th March 10 am---Launch above bridge at Hay down the The Boat
Sat 5th April 10am-- Launch at The Boat down to Cannon Bridge.
Sat 12th April 10am --Launch at Cannon Br down to Luckshall
again-Please let me know
I would like to find more owners, syndicates, clubs, groups that
could clear their own stretch--anywhere on the Wye.
This message now goes out to over 150 people that have expressed
an interest in the project-please let me know if you no longer want to receive
Follow progress and see the project.
Volunteers that want to work on the Monnow contact Rob Denny
All the best
Wye and Usk Foundation
Causes of flooding: please
read this important article on the causes of our recent and
ongoing flooding problems. Click
Lugg at Mordiford Jan 2014
Hampton Bishop Jan 2014
LATEST NEWS (from Tony Norman)
Preparations have been going on and we have
full cooperation of Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire County
Councils. Staff from Keep Wales Tidy have agreed to support us where
they can and the River Wye Preservation Trust have very generously
supported us, again.
The staff at the WUF office thankfully field much of
the organisation, web/blog management and publicity. The Monnow Rivers
Association have given us full backing and will be organising much of
the work on the Monnow.
I have already had 4 groups that have agreed to turn
out from their offices to lend a hand. I have enthusiasm from 1 town so
far to clear their own area. Some fishery owners/clubs have agreed to
clear their own lengths and a canoe company has agreed to lend a hand.
Other organisations and many individuals have offered to help as well.
So we should be able to make a start!
I still need beat
owners/tenants/clubs/syndicates/groups/individuals to offer to clear
their own stretches - anywhere on the Wye.
For the 'bank walkers' we will publish dates as we go
For those that would be interested to go out on the
Monnow catchment please contact Rob
For more up-to-date information, follow Tony
2014 Wye Litter the next 100 miles
Tony Norman writes:
This will be the 4th year of this part of the project.
Between early February (after the winter floods!!) and the end of April
(when birds are nesting) we shall tackle the next 100 miles of river and
We shall attempt to remove all the rubbish to add to the 100 tons or so
that we have taken out of the rivers so far.
- This year we shall do Llangorse lake and the Lynfi system (missed last
- The main stem of the Wye from Hay down to Mordiford and
- The Monnow system
So I am looking for volunteers again to help me do it. I can organise
the days out, provide the litter picking kit, the bags to put it in, and
dispose of it.
The best help I can have is for a group (such as a fishing syndicate or
an owner) to just clear their own stretch and report the stats to me.
The next best is to come along on an organised day out (usually twice a
week) to help out, and preferably bring someone with you.
The next best is to persuade someone else to come along.
If nothing else, pick up the rubbish wherever you are.
Dates, times and venues (and a blog and map) will be on the WUF website:
(still to be updated)
First dates Tues Feb 4th
Sat. Feb 8th
Time 10 am Venue Boat Inn Whitney on Wye (wear wellies,
bring packed lunch)
Please email Tony if you feel
you can help.
SSSI notification documents:
Here is a link to the Natural
England website where you can find information on SSSI and SAC
Notification documents: click here.
Here is a link to the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) website where
you can find information on SSSIs relevant to the River Wye and its
tributaries in Wales, whether by county, by designation type, or by name.
For example, here
is a list of resources on the Lower Wye, while here
are resources around Plynlimon, the source of the Wye.
RWPT AGM 2013
2013 AGM was held on Thursday evening 21st November, at the Bunch of Carrots, Hampton
Bishop, chaired by our
Vice President, Sir Colin Shepherd. After the formal business we
enjoyed an illustrated talk by Heather Hurley on "River
Trade and Transport on the Wye from Symonds Yat to Glasbury",
featuring the barges used, the cargoes carried and the wharf sites. Heather is the author of Herefordshire’s River Trade: Craft
and Cargo on the Wye & Lugg, (Logaston Press, 2013), and editor
of the Trust's own Landscape Origins of the
, (Logaston Press, 2008).
and pleasant socialising followed the presentation, to complete a very
Water Voles on the Wye
The Monnow Rivers Association together with the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) has cause to celebrate the fact that it has received a funding boost to implement its
Water Voles on the
Wye project. See here
for an article from the Ross Gazette, 14 August, 2013.
Walk 2013 Symonds Yat
A very enjoyable walk was held at Symonds Yat, led by Nic Howes, a geographer who walks through landscapes and interprets what is encountered. We covered both sides of the river, looking at the remains of the station and platform of the old Wye Valley Railway at Symonds Yat East before crossing on the hand ferry to Symonds Yat West. We saw the excavations of the New Weir Forge that have recently been carried out as part of the Overlooking the Wye Project, completed at the beginning of this year. We finished with a very enjoyable picnic, cruising up the river, with an excellent commentary provided by Kingfisher Cruises.
Here are a few pictures. More will follow!
News for canoeists: see here
for opinion on new charges
The Big Wye Litter Pick 2013
Latest from Tony Norman, 17/05/2013:
Well, we didn't quite finish it but I think you will agree that the
figures speak for themselves.
A tremendous effort by all concerned.
That makes well over 600 volunteers clearing over 700 miles of river
bank so far in the project (2004-13)
Another 2 years should do it!
We're already drumming up custom for next year's LitterPick. See this leaflet
for more information!
more information see:
Keep Wales Tidy and
to follow progress, please see WUF
Recent RWPT AGM:
is a summary of Dr Louise Manning's excellent talk given at the AGM. It
makes interesting reading whether or not you were able to make the
meeting! Very many thanks to Dr Manning both for giving the presentation
and for providing the summary.
The Proposed Severn Barrage is being
discussed again. Here
is the recent submission against it by the Wye
and Usk Foundation
The Wye Invader rides again!
Or it sails actually. It was caught on camera a few days
ago floating down the Wye towards the Severn, where it is destined
eventually for a dry dock. It was last seen moored at Symonds Yat. More
information can be found here
The proposed Water Bill
Sunday Times has published a couple of articles of interest to those
concerned with the health of rivers. Click here
to see them.
RWPT AGM 2012
2012 AGM of the Trust took place at the Bunch of Carrots, Hampton
Bishop, at 7.30 p.m. on
Thursday 29th November.
After the formal business of the AGM
had been concluded there was an excellent presentation by Dr Louise Manning on Water
from the Wye - Uses and Abuses.
Dr Louise Manning, the wife of a Herefordshire farmer, is
currently Lecturer in the Management of Food Production at the Royal
Agricultural College, Cirencester.
She specialises in all aspects of
sustainable food production and is well informed on current water
management issues that affect agriculture and horticulture including the
changes that will be required under the Water Framework Directive. She
has clear views on the proposed centralisation of Navigation Authorities
and the likely changes that will result from the formation, in Wales, of
the new body that will combine the current responsibilities exercised by
the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and CCW.
Water extraction, irrigation, diffuse
and direct pollution and Catchment Sensitive Farming Initiatives are all
issues on which she has strong views.
We have some pictures of our stall at the Jubilee event
in Hereford earlier this year, and also of our stall at the County show:
Advance notice on the Big Wye Litter Pick 2013
It is proposed that this will take place Feb 1st to April 31st,
as last year, with the support again of Keep Wales Tidy and
well as the RWPT. The pick would involve the Ithon, Irfon, Edw etc. and the main stem of the Wye down to Hay, thus completing the Welsh end of the river. This will be the 3rd hundred mile pickup and is now involving many, many volunteers across a whole range of river users and interests.
Here is the press
release after last year's successful pick, and, in case you're not
convinced, here are the reasons
A little bit of Sci-fi fun:
Filmed in the 1980s near Hole-in-the-Wall on the banks
of the Wye near Ross. Just in the first 5 minutes, mind: after that our heroes seem to stroll seamlessly from the banks of our very own Wye into a village near Interlaken in Switzerland. Never mind that the whole thing is dubbed into German -
no one really needs the script! Click here
to see the terrifying Tripods...
Wye Trow “The Hereford Bull” on the Thames
Someone was watching! Here is a wonderful close-up
picture we were sent by a member of the public:
The Hereford Times published a very nice clip on
their web page. It lasts just under 5 minutes. To see it, click here.
And here are a few more images:
the official naming of the Trow see
BIG UPPER WYE CLEAR UP COMPLETED!
The twelve-week initiative to clear litter from the upper river Wye has been successfully completed.
From the start of February, groups of volunteers
organised by the Wye & Usk Foundation (WUF) with support from
Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) and the River Wye Preservation Trust (RWPT),
have been removing litter from the river’s source at Plynlimon downstream to Builth Wells and beyond, including the tributary streams. In addition to the practical benefits of removing the litter, The Big Upper Wye Litter Clear Up also draws attention to the amount of rubbish and other pollutants being allowed to enter the highly protected river Wye.
116 volunteers were involved in the project, and 596 sacks of litter and larger items were removed from 103 miles of river and stream.
Big items: a car radiator, a lawnmower and a deep freeze.
Worryingly: several drums containing agricultural and mechanical chemicals that damage the aquatic environment.
Over 60% of the litter is believed to be of agricultural origin.
Last year in a similar exercise on the rivers Lugg and Arrow 220 volunteers cleared 767 sacks of rubbish from another 100 miles of river and stream, 61% of which was agricultural.
See the full press release here.
Congratulations to Tony Norman, who initiated and ran the campaign!
For more information, here is a blog and
A few pictures from
Below: drums of
in all, what a
danger to aquatic life!
A twelve week initiative to clear litter from the
upper river Wye has been launched by Keep Wales Tidy
and the Wye & Usk Foundation,
with support from the River Wye
Preservation Trust. See here
for more details.
was held on Friday 25th November 2011 at the Bunch of
Carrots, Hampton Bishop. After the formal business, Dr Stephen Marsh Smith OBE,
executive director of the
Wye & Usk
Foundation, gave a presentation on the history of salmon fishing in
the area, and proposed changes to the current river management systems.
A very enjoyable
We regret to announce the death of John
Williams, long term member and co-founder of the Trust, on Monday 5th
September 2011, aged 82 years. The funeral, which was very well
attended, was held on Friday 16th September at the
Church of St John the Baptist, Kings Caple.
The 2011 Summer Walk
successful summer walk was
the River Monnow at Monnow Lodge, Walterstone, on Sunday 14
2.15 p.m., by kind permission of Mrs V Bailey and Mr R Davies and the Monnow
Rivers Association. Click here
for pictures and details.
Minister supports local plans for River Wye. See more here
The Government has withdrawn
its recent consultation
document on the future of England’s public forest estate, which
caused a storm of controversy.
Read more here.
The Nation's favourite river
Wye was voted the nation's favourite river. See more
BBC: 'Timeless' river Wye is voted the public's favourite,
There is also a good YouTube video here,
and an article from
The Country Life
( in the Town & Country Section, November 2010) here.
Last winter's pictures of the frozen Wye:
... and round about:
The Trust's AGM 2010 was held on Thursday 25
November, and we enjoyed a fascinating talk by
David Lovelace on The role of rivers in the development of farming and woodland management in
In Spring 2010, we completed the
Native Woodland Restoration in Herefordshire
project. Click here
for the Project Summary Report.
David has recently published an article on the project in
the Herefordshire Nature Trust Magazine. You can read it
very successful and enjoyable annual Trust walk was held at Caradoc, Nr
Ross-on-Wye on Thursday 15th July 2010 by kind permission of Major Patrick Darling.
More details here.
of our major concerns is erosion and pollution
of the river Wye, and the state of its banks. These must be reported by
phone directly to the Environment
Agency on 0800 80 70 60, (24 hour service) giving location and grid
reference if possible.
These attractive maps of the Upper and Lower Wye would
are still available:
They can be
obtained (unframed) from The River Wye Preservation Trust, 35
Link Road, Hereford, HR1 1BG,
at £20 in colour as seen, or £10 in black and white. Email
for more information
One of our recent concerns has been the Severn
Barrage. We were worried not only by its possible ecological
consequences, but also by whether it would even be capable of
delivering what was promised for it, and we were pleased when the Government
announced that they had
plans for it.
Last Autumn we published our book, Landscape Origins of the
Wye Valley. For more details, including how to order, click here:
hurry! There are no hard backs left, and only a very few hundred soft backs!
See pictures of the