Allis The Shad Who Wouldn’t Give Up


Allis the Shad Who Wouldn’t Give Up is a delightful rhyming story following the life journey of the rare and enigmatic Allis Shad; from the tranquil River Tamar to the underwater wonders of Plymouth Sound and the sea beyond – and back again.

Natural England published this exciting children’s book on World Ocean Day – 8 June 2023.

Westcountry Rivers Trust will receive all proceeds from its sales on our website to support conservation work on the Tamar and other rivers.

Allis shad were once widespread and widely eaten but these days they are threatened throughout their range. They are known to breed in the Tamar, but nowhere else in England. The book aims to celebrate the species and its connection to the area, and to highlight the wealth of other wildlife found locally.

A message from the author, Angela Gall.

“Allis shad are a flagship species for Plymouth and the Tamar, I believe everyone in this area should feel a sense of pride in them and that, by helping this species we can help the whole ecosystem to recover.”

Angela is a Senior Marine Adviser with Natural England’s Devon, Cornwall, and Isles of Scilly Area team. She has worked on the Tamar estuary for many years and has been longing to share the story of the iconic Allis shad. The intricate and colourful illustrations are by Sarah Gledhill, a UK-based illustrator who has worked hard to accurately depict local scenes and an array of wildlife for children to spot.

*Please note, we would love to be able to offer you free postage, but, as a charity we are unable to do so.

We will be sending out books by UK 2nd class post - We aim to post out twice weekly.
Please note, we are unable to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

Due to limited numbers of books, we are restricting orders to one book per order.

We hope you understand and thank you for supporting our work. Enjoy the book.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.


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