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Sea Trout

We are delighted to be working alongside the Environment Agency, enhancing Sea Trout spawning areas on some of Dorsets rivers, this work is a result of various feasability studies that we carried out back in January of this year.

Welcome to Ashley

All our “riverworks” team warmly  welcome our latest team member Ashley Way, Ashley was working as a volunteer with the DWT on our latest Mill Stream project, has an impressive CV, a great work ethic, and we feel will contribute hugely to our company, currently working on Sea Trout spawning restoration on west country streams with our project manager Elliot.

  Ashley Way. BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation


Having spent 18 years as Structural Design Engineer in the Aviation industry working mainly on Helicopter design, I decided that I wanted to change my career and way of life and pursue a career in Ecology and Wildlife and Conservation. In 2007 I enrolled on a BSc degree program at Bournemouth University and graduated this year with honours. During the last 3 years I have concentrated my efforts in the area of Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries Management, and recently undertook a research project assessing fish pass efficacy and effects on river Frome Atlantic salmon. During this time I was able to gain valuable experience in habitat surveying and electric fishing. Having lived in Dorset for many years I have a passion for protecting our native wildlife and local rivers.

Specialist area:

Fish passage; Habitat surveying; Species sampling and monitoring; Structural design; Project Management; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Computer Aided Design (CAD); Mechanical Engineering; Report writing.

Favourite fishery project:

My favourite, and first, river restoration project was the Dorchester Mill Stream Enhancement Scheme to improve the ecological quality of the stream for the benefit of wildlife by helping to build low level Berms to narrow the wide sections, allowing the river to create pools and shallow riffles for fish to spawn. This work included installation of stakes, hazel faggots, and pre-planted coir fibre rolls & pallets.

Fondest fishing memory:

Night fishing for catfish in the River Amazon Brazil or Marlin fishing off the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

Ultimate fishing destination:

British Columbia Canada, Salmon Fishing.

Vision for the company’s future:

My vision is to help John and the team to continue to provide the customers with a 1st class service in a professional and sustainable manner. I also hope to contribute to the business success and expansion by continually adding further skills whilst promoting freshwater ecology and conservation for the benefit of both humans and biodiversity to ensure the future survival of our riverine habitat and our precious wildlife.


Planting the Mill Stream

I mentioned the end to a FAB day, we all finished planting up the Mill Stream project for a great visual impact, the last day of what I can only describe as a fantastic, and I will say “urban” project, delivered with great people, all involved with the Dorset Wildlife Trust, a passion for our chalk rivers, that will never be matched, for the first time in a long time…Stuck for words…. Otter spraint on our new works, can only mean a happy ending!


Please remember that all the enhancement work taking place on our Dorset rivers helps the whole catchment, not just the immediate area……………

Dorset Sunset

I was watching a huge Sedge crawling up the office window, Libs was in the stream catching nymphs and the sky turned pink, what a way to finish a fab day…..

Last Minute Fishing Breaks

If you love to go fly fishing on holiday while staying in comfortable self catering accommodation, overlooking stunning water meadows, the Frome valley and Hardy country, then we have just the place .

We offer very smart fishing on the river Frome just downstream of Dorchester and offer fishing breaks in Dorset at an affordable price.

Please take a look through our website, visit the self catering page and our chalkstream page.

Why not come and stay with us in the heart of Dorset, fish some fabulous beats on the river Frome, and explore the surrounding area with your family.

Fish your chosen beat for the day, kick your waders off in the rod room, relax a while before a short walk to the village pub, for some of the best food in Dorset.

Please contact us for our new brochure,