Here at Unlocking the Severn, we are excited to be getting involved with World Fish Migration Day, taking place on Saturday 24th October 2020. This global celebration aims to raise awareness about the importance of open rivers and the migratory fish that inhabit them – a perfect fit for our project!

Although we’re unable to run many of the face-to-face events that we had planned, we’re not letting that dampen our celebrations. So, take a look at our diverse events line-up below. Several events are taking place online, so you can join us to celebrate the UK’s longest river and its migratory fish from anywhere in the world!

Click on the links provided for more information about each event and to sign up.

You can also Unlocking the Severn World Fish Migration Day events summary

19 October- Monitoring salmon on the River Teme

       – ONLINE TALK – click here for the event page

The River Teme is one of the major tributaries of the Severn and is just as important for migratory fish. For this virtual talk we’ll be joined by Ed Noyes from Severn Rivers Trust who will be telling us everything we need to know about salmon- from the issues they face, to the work being done to protect them on the Teme. We are also hoping to inspire some attendees to volunteer to help us monitor salmon at Ludlow this autumn.

21 October- Unlocking the Severn for Shad

       – ONLINE TALK – click here for the event page

This talk is designed for a technical audience with prior knowledge of river fish and conservation. Find out more about our ambitious conservation project and gain an insight into the behaviour of the twaite shad in the UK’s longest river, including details on our recent research findings, in a series of short talks, with opportunities for questions and discussion.

24 October – GLIMMER  at National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

       – COMMUNITY ART – click here for the event page

Over the last few months, Glimmer has been working with communities and groups along the River Severn to produce decorative scales and collect audio and visual recordings of people’s own experience and thoughts about the river. Drop in to the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks from Saturday 24 October to see the scales brought together in a beautiful fish sculpture and to watch the final version of the ‘Voice of the Severn’ film.

24 October – A Journey Up the Severn on World Fish Migration Day

       – ONLINE EVENT – via @SevernUnlocked Facebook page

Join us on a journey up the Severn, from the comfort of your own home. Through a series of videos released on our Facebook page during the day, filmed at important locations along the river, we will be sharing an insight into an epic fish migration journey up the Severn.  You’ll discover more about the work Unlocking the Severn is doing to re-open over 150 miles of river for rare and endangered species, including the twaite shad. Follow us on Facebook to join in!

26 October- River Kids’ Learning Hub

       – ONLINE EVENT – click here for event page

Looking for things to keep your family occupied during half term? We’re joining forces with Rivers Trusts from around the UK to bring you an exciting collection of learning resources and activities celebrating our rivers and migrating fish. We will also be releasing new Unlocking Fish Fun videos throughout the week on our Facebook page, so follow us if you’d like to learn how to create a river-inspired animation on your smart phone, make your own fish puppets, and more!

From 28 October- Unlocking the Severn Exhibition

– EXHIBITION at Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge – click here for the event page

Opening in Ironbridge on 28 October, this exhibition reveals the River Severn as a wild, watery highway for nature. Dive in and discover more about shad and our conservation and river engagement project as we invite you to glimpse into the underwater world hidden beneath the river’s surface. Visitors will be introduced to the rare and endangered shad fish and learn about the epic story of their River Severn migration. Suitable for families and accessible for disabled visitors, if you’re visiting Ironbridge Museums don’t miss our exhibition in Fusion, adjacent to the Jackfield Tile Museum.

Show your support for our wonderful river fish!

Whether you can join us for any of our events or not, please share the message that you care about fish by tweeting on World Fish Migration Day 24th October and the following week using the hashtag #StepUpForFish!

You can show your support by posting a photo, selfie, drawing, craft, fish-fun activity… be as creative as you like to demonstrate your support and show that you care about migratory fish!

We’re also excited to have worked with the wonderful team at World Fish Migration Day to produce a Twaite Shad fact sheet! You can download a copy on our website here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events and celebrating World Fish Migration Day with you! For more information about World Fish Migration Day and to see what other events are taking place around the world visit their website –

Click on the thumbnail below to view the poster:

Poster for Unlocking the Severn World Fish Migration Day activity programme






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