There are three main categories of membership.
River Owners. The core membership of the Association has always been the owners of the Test and Itchen and their tributaries. There is no obligation for a river owner to be a member of the Association, but the majority of them choose to be so. More than 90% of the Test and Itchen is currently owned by members of the Association, ranging from large Estates with many miles of river, to individuals with a couple of hundred yards. The Association currently has over 150 Owner members.
River Keepers. The Hampshire chalkstreams are heavily managed rivers which owe much of their beauty, environmental richness and world-class fishing to the dedicated efforts of river keepers. Some large Estates employ a number of full-time keepers. Other owners rely on part-time contractors or volunteer keepers. All river keepers actively involved in managing the chalkstreams are encouraged to be members of the Association. We currently have about 100 Keeper members.
Ordinary members. Membership of the Association is open to anyone who shares our interest in conserving and protecting the Hampshire chalkstreams. Our Ordinary members tend to be those who spend time by the chalkstreams, whether fishing or simply enjoying their unique environmental treasures.
River Owners pay an annual subscription based on the size of their river holding. Membership is free for river keepers. Ordinary members pay an annual subscription, currently £40 per annum. You can find out more about how to join the Association on the Join Us page of this website.