The work we do falls into two broad categories – ‘Science’ and ‘Education’. Our mission is to improve scientific understanding of the ecological health of the River Clyde and its tributaries, drive environmental improvements across the catchment and build capacity for its stewardship. Please explore our website further to find out more about our work or check the links below for a brief insight.
The Clyde and its tributaries are slowly recovering from centuries of human impact, the major legacies of which for the biota are the effects of pollution, alterations to water flow and physical alteration of banks and beds. Many of the watercourses are heavily modified and there is considerable scope for environmental improvement across the catchment.
The Clyde River Foundation is not a statutory body – we work to support environmental managers by providing evidence-based scientific advice on fisheries science and freshwater biology. Our approach has been to remain strictly independent but willing to work with all potential users of the freshwater resource for the public benefit.Science
Since 2001, the Clyde River Foundation has delivered several education initiatives; most notably Clyde in the Classroom with primary schools across the Clyde catchment, but also bespoke projects involving young adults with the Princes Trust, adult education initiatives and eco-day activities with charities, Councils and schools.
Through our partnership with the University of Glasgow, we also offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate projects annually on any aspect of freshwater biology and/or fisheries science relevant to our work on the Clyde. Currently the CRF supports and co-supervises a PhD student working on crayfish in Scotland.
Our vision is to increase public engagement with the river environment through education.Education
The CRF promotes appropriate training for volunteers from local angling clubs and associations to assist us in our survey work. We feel it is important that anglers have the chance to engage with our fisheries science and first-hand involvement in the act of surveying allows volunteers to experience the process.
Training local anglers in the identification of invasive non-native plant species allowed the community to assist in mapping the distribution of these alien species across the Kelvin catchment.
The Foundation has an active outreach programme which aims to connect people with our work across the Clyde catchment.
Within the constraints of our funding and work programme, we endeavour to engage with schools, angling clubs and community groups. If any of our activities are of interest, please contact us.Contact