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'How to' videos
The Wild Trout Trust has teamed up with professional film-makers, Fish On, to create a series of short ‘how to’ videos. The aim is use video to capture the key information that the WTT Conservation Officers pass on to groups during Practical Visits.
There are three important videos that are relevant to any project:
Then, there are videos on specific techniques:
- Gravel Management
- Secure Tree Kicker Installation
- Tree Management
- Log pinning
- River Wandle Case Study
- Improved Stock Management
Click on the bold green video title above to go direct to that video or scrol down the page. If the video screen does not appear, refesh / reload the page in your browser. These videos are complementary to our other publications, available as downloads from our website here or to buy in our shop.
Clean, loose gravel, close to good juvenile habitat is vital for sucessful spawning but is often in short supply. This especially in true chalk streams and limestone rivers where gravel can become compacted with calcium deposits and full of silt. In this video, Andy Thomas explains where trout spawn and how to manage gravels for improving spawning success.
See also our habitat management advice sheet 'Gravel Cleaning ': click here
Secure installation of felled tree-crowns or whole trees can provide vital habitat for many fish species. They can also be used to improve the variety of different micro-habitats for a whole host of plant and invertebrate species (by promoting some marginal/riverbank sediment accumulation as well as local riverbed scour on the stream-ward side).
This video illustrates some ways that these valuable structures could be securely installed - but as always, the appropriate legal permissions and consents as well as any other required site-specific guidance must be obtained before carrying out such works.
Tree Management (9:24)
Achieving a balance of light and shade through coppicing; using deciduous and coniferous brash to capture sediment and provide cover; replacing conifer plantation with native woodland; the importance of retaining root structure for bank stability.
See also our habitat management advice sheet 'Managing Trees' : click here