"A Clear Future for our River"

Simon Hunter

River Chew Fisheries Improvement Strategy

During 2019, BART will be delivering a River Chew Fisheries Improvement Strategy to develop improvement plans which could be made to the river as a fishery. The work will build on the recent Environment Agency fisheries reports highlighting the need for fisheries improvements and will be designed to help scope improvements which may be made from potential future funding.

The project will work with the Environment Agency Fisheries Team, angling clubs, landowners and partners throughout the length of the Chew and its tributaries.

Relationships made during this strand of the wider Chew catchment project will contribute to building a foundation for future interventions.

This project has been made possible via funding from the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership and the Environment Agency. BART are incredibly thankful for their support to the project.

For further project information please contact simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

Chew Catchment Project

We are excited to announce that we are leading the development of a new collaborative Chew Catchment Project designed to bring together local community groups in a mutual mission to protect the River Chew and its tributaries for years to come. In response to the spatial complexities of the catchment, we will adopt a “whole catchment” strategy to deal with the many different challenges.

During the summer of 2019, we will be providing riverfly training so that local residents can monitor the ecology of the river and explore how it develops. The data will then be used by Bristol Water and the Environment Agency to measure the success of the scheme.

We will also be delivering a suite of smaller projects throughout the catchment during 2019/20 – watch this space for details.

To date, project partners include Bristol Water, Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, Environment Agency and Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Further details of the initiatives delivered to date can be found on project partner Bristol Water’s website:


NEW VACANCY! – Project Officer

Organisation: Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
Salary: C£18,000 – £22,000
Location: Bristol Avon catchment
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours per week Flexibility required (some evening & weekend work)
Position type: Paid
Contract: Full time
Closing date: Applications by Friday 19th April 2019
Website: www.bristolavonriverstrust.org
Contact name: Simon Hunter
Contact email: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org


Due to an expected increase in business levels Bristol Avon Rivers Trust expects to grow in the coming year and is therefore looking to recruit new members to its team. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join a very ambitious team and be involved in a very diverse workload. Future prospects will depend on your ability to generate future income as well as by delivering excellent value for our funders.

The Project Officer will contribute in the delivery of BART projects including practical restoration, survey work, education and engagement. You will report directly to a Project Manager.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Provide project delivery support to Project Manager’s;
  • Deliver a range of surveys throughout the Bristol Avon catchment;
  • Build relationships with a range of communities, landowners, hub organisations, schools and stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of projects;
  • Recruit volunteers to help with the delivery of a wide range of projects;
  • Raise funds for continuing and future works;
  • Implement rigorous safeguarding and health & safety procedures;
  • Contribute and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials;
  • Report the progress of works to key stakeholders and promote more widely through social media;
  • Communicate BART’s voice to a wide audience.

Other Duties

  • You may be required to carry out other duties and tasks as required from time to time for the efficient operation of the Trust.
  • You shall lead by example in prioritising health and safety and wellbeing by taking responsibility. You shall comply with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust’s Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies and defined standards at all times.

Candidate Profile


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, ideally in a relevant subject; 
  • A confident and clear communicator with experience in delivering activities with school children & / or community groups;
  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively from home;
  • Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and attention to detail; 
  • Ability to work flexibly, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Able to prioritise and plan activities to meet strict deadlines;
  • Proven experience in developing  successful funding applications;
  • Excellent literacy, numeracy and report-writing skills;
  • Exceptional presentation skills and communication skills;
  • Good computer literacy skills (e.g. with Excel, Word, PowerPoint);
  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use.


  • Knowledge of the Bristol Avon Catchment;
  • Experience of practical river conservation work, river catchment and land management issues, agri-environmental schemes, aquatic-based directives and invasive non- native species;   
  • Experience delivering walkover surveys;
  • Experience organising and leading groups of volunteers.

General Notes

  • Extensive travel around the Bristol Avon Catchment will be necessary therefore a current driving licence and access to your own vehicle is essential.              
  • This position will from time to time require work during some evenings, weekends and public holidays to meet the needs of the post. A time-off in lieu system is operated by the Trust.
  • We expect you to carry out your job responsibilities in an environmentally aware manner, ensuring as little damage to the environment as possible. Our aim is to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently.

Interested parties should submit a CV and a one page covering letter explaining why they might be suitable for the position. These should be sent to: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in Bristol, week beginning Monday 29th April / 6th May.

Caring for the Cam

BART have gratefully received funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery for improvement works along the Cam Brook at Midford. BART will be delivering a suit of work to build upon the 2018/19 Environment Agency funded project. The Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Caring for the Cam Project will promote community ownership of the Cam Brook near Bath & educate local people how to protect the river into the future. It will result in a river that has better habitat & water quality for both wildlife & people.

The project will deliver riparian fencing to prevent bank poaching, installation of a drinking trough away from the waterbody, tree planting to improve habitat refuge and bank integrity, a community river dipping and riverfly event and local talks to communicate how people can help protect their local river into the future.

Please follow BART website and social media pages for project updates.

To find out more about the project, please contact simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

Little Avon Fisheries Habitat Enhancement

BART has recently completed the delivery of fisheries habitat improvements throughout a stretch of the Little Avon. BART’s operations team teamed up with volunteers from Charfield Angling Association to install habitat features throughout the fishing beat. Prior to the works, this section of river was over wide, straight and lacked cross-sectional habitat and flow diversity.

BART worked with volunteers to install a series of brushwood flow deflectors and mattresses to reinstate sinuosity and promote flow diversity throughout this section of the Little Avon. The working party assembled the structures in strategic locations, using brushwood from the bank-side, targeting over shaded sections of the beat to help thin out the canopy. The structures will begin to influence river processes, forming habitat niches and refuge to support various life-cycles of fish and invertebrates.

The work will begin to bed in over the next few months and whilst the added sinuosity is already evident, the river will continue to redistribute bed substrate, enhancing riffle-pool sequences throughout this stretch.

Thank you to the Environment Agency for funding the project via the Fisheries Improvement Fund, and thank you to Charfield Angling Association and the respective land owners for their support throughout this project. It was a pleasure to work with all of those involved and we look forward to seeing the benefits over the coming years.

Follow our project progress via our Twitter page https://twitter.com/BristolAvonRT and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bristolavonrivers/

For more information with regard to this project, please get in touch with simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org.