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

  • An exciting job opportunity has come up on the River Laxford. Employed by Atlantic Salmon Trust, in partnership with Reay Forest Estate, the successful applicant will help to restore the salmon and sea trout populations of the river, while at the same time establishing the river as an index river for salmon management, Interested? Check out the job description at https://www.countryside-jobs.com/job/aug21/project-manager-atlantic-salmon-trust-2807-6


  • Scourie Primary School recently took part in a SISI project, with help from Media Education, to develop a film about American mink. Congratulations to the pupils for producing an amazing and very informative film, which can be viewed here.
  • The 2021 Annual Review is now available here.
  • WSFT are participating in the West Coast Tracking Project this year. We are trapping and tagging salmon smolts as they leave the river and follow them out to the coast. Full details of the project can be found here.
  • Reports from the 2020 sampling season are now available here
  • The latest Biosecurity Plan for the area has now been produced with thanks to funding from National Heritage Lottery and NatureScot as part of the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative. The report can be accessed here.
  • Links to more resources added to the page, this time on alien species. Access all learning resources 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.


Sweep netting for August is provisionally sorted, if you would like to join us:


19th: Polla @  12.00

20th: Kyle of Durness @ 2.40

23rd: Laxford @ 2.50 


I can provide waders if you get in touch and let me know your size. Come along, help out and have a bit of craic. 


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. 


 We are still waiting to hear about potential outreach events for 2021. Hopefully we will see you at stalls around the area but safety comes first in all instances


The Highland Field Sports Fair has been cancelled for 2021. We hope to see you there in 2022.








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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