Set in the North West of Scotland, the area covered by the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust is comprised predominantly of rock and water - giving a pristine environment and outstanding wild salmonid fishing. The West Sutherland Fisheries Trust (WSFT) is a registered charity (SC24426) established in 1996 to maintain and restore native fish populations. The Trust area extends from the Hope in the north to the Garvie in the south and covers all catchments flowing west. The very distinct landscape is made up of some of the oldest rocks in the world and is famous for its geology. At present the environment is relatively unspoilt with few non native invasive species.


Latest News

  • The field season is underway. Follow our exploits on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/westsutherlandfisheriestrust/?eid=ARARU5wpkb1buyp-74f9t2LawpDTBMBHL2WfJJy5yB4kOm59YnOefJUrSxjRis9TI8XQs8L6F7ylX5ON
  • Links to more resources added to the page, this time on alien species. Access all learning resources here.
  • The 2020 Annual Review is now available for download. Detailing the results of the 2019 projects it will hopefully make an interesting read and distract us all from isolation. View it here
  • The report from the Laxford Tracking project is now available. Many thanks to all the contributors for their assistance with this project, and particular thanks to Isabel for producing the report. See it here.
  • The report is now available from the Assynt & Coigach Lochan Audit, completed with funding assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nature Scotland via the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Project. The report can be accessed here.
  • Reports from the 2019 Electrofishing and Sweep Net surveys are now available here.
  • Wellies & Wildlife, now available from the Trust office and a number of local outlets @ £3


How can you help?

Have you seen mink in the area? If you do, please let us know where and when.

We are finding increasing amounts of invasive species within our area, if you know of any, be it in your garden or in the wild, please let us know! We are involved in a project to eradicate them before they takes further hold and spreads on to watercourses. 

Mr Clive Halnan has painted 'Gorm Track to Ben Stack'. Available as a print or a card from the Trust or Clive Halnan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), a donation from each sale will go to the Trust.

Help us raise money while you shop. We are now registered with Easyfundraising. Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/.. to register, log in and shop! We get a percentage of your shop value but it doesn’t cost you any more. Please support us.


WSFT is now registered with the Paypal Giving Fund adding us to the eBay charities list. Please look for us when buying and selling on eBay or add us as your favourite charity as every little helps !



We will have a number of volunteering opportunities coming up over the summer. If you would like to join us then please get in touch. There are opportunities for netting, Invasive Non-native Species control, electrofishing and more.


In light of the situation with regards to the Coronavirus, and the need for social distancing, we will be suspending all sweep netting with volunteers for 2020. Apologies to all that would like have liked to help but we need to consider the health of our staff and volunteers. Stay safe everyone and hopefully see you at a netting in the future.


All are weather dependent so give us a call or keep an eye on the Website


Dates for the Diary

The Trust organises and participates in a number of outreach events to raise awareness of its work in the local area and promote interest in the freshwater environment. While the events for 2019 are now finished, we will be particpating in a number of events in 2021. More details here nearer the time.


 Unfortunately all outreach events for 2020 have been cancelled as a result of the Covid 19 virus and social distancing requirements. Hopefully we will see you at stalls around the area in 2021



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Awards for All is a grant giving partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Sport Scotland, and Creative Scotland. WSFT has received a grant for £3638, which will help towards our upcoming work at public outreach events.







Email : wsft@btconnect.com    Tel : 01971 502259 
Postal Address : WSFT , Gardeners Cottage, Scourie,By Lairg. Sutherland,IV27 4SX.
Charity number : SC024426  Useful Links
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