The Adventurous Salmon set to leap off the shelves

1st March 2019 - General Catchment

To mark the International Year of the Salmon in 2019, we’ve teamed up with Eden Rivers Trust to launch The Adventurous Salmon, a brand-new children’s picture book.

The book follows the epic 3,000 km journey undertaken by an intrepid wild Atlantic salmon; from Cumbria’s tiny becks to the sea and back again to the beck where it was born. Along the way, it introduces young readers to native wildlife found in the West Cumbria area.

The Adventurous Salmon also meets endangered species such as white-clawed crayfish and freshwater pearl mussels on his travels. Wild Atlantic salmon themselves are under threat and the story raises awareness of a number of challenges salmon face in our rivers.

The story was written by West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s Rebecca Neal and Eden Rivers Trust’s Tania Crockett as part of a programme of free education sessions run by the Trusts across Cumbria and funded by Copeland Community Fund, United Utilities and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Jodie Mills, Operations Director, said: “The Adventurous Salmon will form a key part of the free nature education programme we offer local schools. We’ve recently used the book in the classroom for the first time and had a fantastic response from pupils, who really engaged with the book’s lessons about Cumbrian wildlife.”

With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Eden Rivers Trust worked with two Year 5 classes from Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle to develop illustrations. The pupils learnt drawing techniques from the book’s illustrator, Clare Waring from Custard Design, then created their own creatures and gave Clare ideas for the page backgrounds.

Clare Waring, Illustrator said: “The children developed some very imaginative illustrations from the story and it was great to see their interpretations of the characters. After the workshop I had the task of incorporating their drawings into one consistent style”.

Jodie Mills added: “The book is a great partnership project between the two Trusts and will be sold to raise funds for both West Cumbria Rivers Trust and Eden Rivers Trust, and copies will be given free of charge to all the schools we work with.”

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Education sessions

Schools and community groups interested in free education sessions should contact our new Education and Engagement Officer, Cathy Gruba, on