The upper River Wye, with the Black Mountains in the backgroundThe River Usk at Llangynidr, looking towards the Brecon Beacons
About Us

River Ecology, Conservation & Restoration

The Wye & Usk Foundation (WUF) is a registered charity concerned with ecology and, more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. The Foundation is more than just a lobbying organisation: through a series of partnership projects, we raise significant sums of money to remedy problems such as habitat degradation, poor water quality and diffuse pollution, barriers to fish migration and over-exploitation of our fisheries. The Foundation is the largest rivers’ trust in England and Wales in terms of output.

Our charitable objects are:

To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the salmon and other indigenous species of animal and plant life of the rivers Wye and Usk, their tributaries, streams and watercourses ("the River") and the banks, riparian lands and catchments of the river ("the River Corridor") and ...

To advance the education of the public in the conservation of rivers, river corridors and their animal and plant life and the need for conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of such environments.

Fishing in Wales on the Wye & Usk Rivers

In addition to our environmental work, we promote game and coarse fishing in Wales and The Marches on the rivers Wye, Usk, Towy, Teifi and Taff and many others, their tributaries and some of the area’s best still waters. Fishermen can now easily access hundreds of fisheries, many of which were previously unavailable, using our famous "Fishing Passport". The Fishing section will provide you with all the information you need and is where you can download or order a free Passport booklet. Find out more about our "Wild Streams" where miles of unspoilt, upland trout and grayling fishing has been made available. In addition, our 'Booking Office' allows advance booking of day, week and season fishing for salmon, trout, grayling & coarse fish on the more established fisheries. Bookings can be made online or by phone 01874 712 074.

About this website

We hope this website gives useful information on the problems facing our rivers and what is being done to restore two of the most interesting and beautiful yet challenging rivers in the British Isles. We have tried to strike a balance between data, references and jargon, while at the same time avoid oversimplifying what is a complex subject. Included are details of our projects, results and how we manage over 1,500km of main river and tributaries. You will also find educational material, related links. Comments on any aspect are welcome - please see the Contact Us section.