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Shad Conference

Unlocking the Severn

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Event details

24 May 2022

New Road Worcester,
New Road,

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This technical conference will present many new scientific findings from our Unlocking the Severn shad monitoring programme gained over the last 5 years.  Additionally, the symposium will also feature a range of talks from invited guests covering the latest shad research from across Europe, and insights from other river restoration projects.

Who is the Symposium for?

The Shad Symposium will be free of charge to attend and is predominantly for anyone directly involved in fisheries science/management; conservation organisations; universities and research institutions; environmental consultants; policy makers including Government departments, local authorities; and organisations responsible for the reporting and management of shad as part of the Habitats Directive from across Europe. It will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss all things shad, river restoration and fish passes.

Other interested members of the public can also apply to enter a ballot for a limited number of lecture tickets allowing them to attend the presentations in the morning only – more details will be released by early May.

Programme & Itinerary

The Shad Symposium will take place in Worcester over two days, on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 May 2022. The programme of talks will be held in the mornings starting at 9am at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, right by the River Severn.  There will also be organised field trips for delegates in the afternoons.

We have a wide-ranging programme of around 20 talks which will be delivered over two mornings. This will cover a range of topics drawn from the themes of: freshwater migration, life at sea, management and restoration of shad, threats to shad, and monitoring techniques.

For more details about the talks and speakers, download the latest version of the programme below.  Please note that the programme is not yet final and may change.

Field Trips

Over the course of the two days, delegates will have an opportunity to join field trips in the afternoons to see some of the 6 fish passage improvements made as part of the Unlocking the Severn project, that have now unlocked over 250km of migratory pathways for shad and many other species.

Please note that the field trips may be subject to change depending on river conditions and safety considerations, and places will be assigned once all registrations have been received.

Both field trips will require several hundred metres of walking as some of the sites are quite remote, and Diglis fish pass viewing gallery is only accessible via steps. Please contact us if you would like more information about accessibility.


To register please visit the Unlocking the Severn website here

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