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We are small, efficient and focused on our objective – to preserve wild trout and wild trout habitat for future generations. We do this by working hands on with the people who make a difference: fishing clubs, landowners, conservation volunteers and many others.
We have minimal overheads and you can be confident that your support to us will directly contribute to the conservation of wild trout.
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Become a member and receive invitations to events, newsletters and our annual journal, Salmo Trutta. For only £35.00 per year you can make a valable contribution to our work. We have membership categories for retired members, life members and club members.
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Your donation can be directed to specific rivers or areas or types of projects if you wish.
For example, you may wish to sponsor some equipment for practical work such a chainsaw or wood auger.
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Leave a gift in your will
Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most valuable ways you can support us.
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An ‘in memorium’ gift, and a lasting legacy for Pasco James
Pasco James was a keen fisherman and loved the River Meon in Hampshire. He died in 2010 at the age of 22, and his friends and family made donations to the Wild Trout Trust in his memory. The ‘3 fly challenge’, a fishing competition was subsequently held at the Meon Springs fishery where Pasco worked and fished in his spare time. Funds raised at this event are added to the memorial fund.
The WTT looked for a project that would be a suitable memorial for Pasco - one that was publicly accessible and reflected his love of the river, its trout and all the wildlife that makes the river so special. The Meon at Meonstoke fitted the bill and the the Churchwardens from St Andrew’s Church were delighted to help by giving access from ‘The Green’.
Pasco’s mother Harriet says; “The River Meon was always special to Pasco. As a young teenager, he slaved away one summer holidays on his own to clear a neglected upper reach between East and West Meon. He later worked at Meon Springs Fishery. So he would be delighted with all these improvements at Meonstoke; especially since they will benefit the wild brown trout that he loved so much.”
Pasco's mother Harriet and girlfriend Holly unveil the plaque to Pasco
Much of the river Meon around Meonstoke is a beautiful example of a small chalk stream. The short stretch next to the A32, however, had problems. It was a wide, shallow concrete channel bounded by walls and topped with a weir that presented a major challenge to trout wanting to move upstream to spawn.
A fortunate coincidence of the land beside the river being gifted to St Andrew’s Church, the Environment Agency wanting to improve the weir and the Wild Trout Trust seeing the potential for improvement led to a project to enhance the river channel for the benefit of all wildlife – and especially trout!
The project involved modifying the weir to allow fish to freely migrate and the creation of a new wildlife friendly river bank below. Traditional ‘soft engineering’ techniques were used in the channel to construct a new section of river bank planted with native aquatic plants that will provide a haven for fish and aquatic invertebrates and also provide habitat for birds and small mammals.
The work was completed by the Wild Trout Trust in November 2011. The changes to the weir were funded by the Environment Agency, and the habitat improvement work was paid for by the WTT’s Pasco James Fund.
This simple, cost effective project is already inspiring the local community to get involved in caring for their river and helping the Meon reach its full potential for wildlife, as well as providing a fitting memorial for Pasco.
The Pasco James fund continues to receive contributions via the '3 fly challenge' and the funds will be spent on more projects on the River Meon.
Before the project
A concrete bank, shallow open channel and a fish - unfriendly weir
Work completed - a 'softened' bank, more lies for fish and easier passage over the weir.
And this is how it looks in July 2012