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Thursday, 27th April 2017
Asa White takes us back to the gentle chalk streams of southern England over on the WTT Blog in another update on current research from young scientists. And he's after some volunteers to help with electric fishing - fancy it?
Asa has been fascinated by aquatic organisms and habitats since early childhood. Through studying a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University, and an MSc in Limnology at Uppsala University, his interests have become focused around understanding the impacts that perturbations – particularly anthropogenic – have on the biodiversity, community structure, and ecosystem functioning of freshwater ecosystems. The goal of his current PhD research project at the University of Brighton is to assess the impact that watercress farming has on fish communities in chalk streams, with the ultimate goal of informing potential mitigation strategies.
In his words: I chose this topic not only for it being fascinating and perfectly-aligned with my research interests, but also for the great privilege of working on some of the most beautiful and interesting freshwater habitats on the planet. We couldn't agree more with the latter!
If you missed the earlier news item, WTT is keen to act as a portal for young researchers working on trout-related science to communicate their work with non-specialists. Keep tabs on the blog for further items full of ferox facts, and the impacts of invasive plant species on salmonids.
Wednesday, 26th April 2017
Fixed term 3 month graduate placement - Starting Monday 5th June through to September
The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project (LCSP) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to support the team. This is an exciting opportunity for a graduate to gain work experience within a challenging but supportive working environment.
The post holder will be expected to work alongside the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project staff to support them in the delivery of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant funded project ' Engaging the Lincolnshire Community with their chalk stream heritage'. This will involve helping to organise a number of events for a week long 'Chalk Stream Festival' between 21st and 25th August 2017 to include a number of family friendly events to promote Lincolnshire's rare chalk streams. This volunteer opportunity is a part of the HLF project with support from Lincolnshire County Council.
The post holder will be supported with a budget to undertake relevant recognised training and purchase personal protective equipment needed to carry out their role.
Click here for more details and the application form.
Wednesday, 26th April 2017
The Lincolnshire Chalkstreams Project is running a poetry competition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with support from Lincolnshire County Council.
The theme of the competition is 'Lincolnshire Chalk Streams'. Entries close midnight on Friday 14th July 2017.
There are prizes available for winners and runners up in 3 age categories.
Click here for full details
Friday, 14th April 2017
A number of lots are appearing on eBay that appear to be WTT auction lots. Our auction has closed and we will not be posting any more auction lots on eBay until next year.
These lots are fraudulent and have no connection to the WTT, so please don't bid on them !
We have reported the problem to eBay. If you have bought one of these lots, please contact eBay for a refund.
UPDATE: eBay have now removed the fraudulent lots and will endeavour to prevent a repeat of the problem. If you do spot any lots on eBay purporting to be from the WTT but from a seller in China, please use the 'report the item' button and report it under 'listing practices' - 'fraudulent listing' . Please also let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to Nick Aldridge at PayPal Giving Fund for getting this resolved over a bank holiday weekend.
Thursday, 13th April 2017
There are increasing numbers of local groups who are involved with caring for their local river. One such group is the River Holme Connections Group who aim to improve the River Holme for people and the environment. The WTT is increasingly supporting these groups with advice and practical training. The report below from WTT Trout in the Town Programme Manager Paul Gaskell highlights how an Advisory Visit can turn into a wider involvement with local residents on how best to care for and improve their river.
Paul Gaskell said:
‘Taking a novel approach to communicating the findings and advice from a typical Advisory Visit report seemed to be a hit in Holmfirth. Following an original report on what was good and what could be improved on the urban river corridor of the River Holme in Holmfirth, I suggested that the reach and impact of those findings could be extended.
The River Holme Connections group (formerly “River2015”) were fantastic hosts and we met a good-sized contingent of local residents and interested parties on a bridge over the river in the centre of town. Following a short introduction and pointing out of relevant details for context, we trooped across the road and upstairs in the Parish Church so that I could take everyone through the major findings of my original report. This format allowed a full explanation of the rationale behind each recommendation or comment – and was very well received by the audience.
The question and answer aspect of the presentation was also extremely useful for both myself and the attendees. For me, it allowed me to tailor particular details for individual audience members (not only the audience as a whole). That also will help me when writing similar reports for comparable audience members in future.
Overall a very enjoyable experience – and one that certainly extended the number of people who now have a good handle on the content of that written report (which, for good reasons, often have a more limited audience).’
Click here for details of the advice and practical help that the WTT can offer.
Wednesday, 12th April 2017
The Wild Trout Trust has just appointed its seventh Conservation Officer, Rob Mungovan. Rob, currently an ecologist at South Cambs District Council, is a passionate river man, local campaigner for river conservation and trout fisherman. With 20 years of experience and many river improvement projects delivered, his professional and voluntary contribution to river conservation won him WTT’s Wild Trout Hero award in 2016.
Now, Rob has secured his dream job; to go out and work with angling clubs, landowners and the Environment Agency in Central and Eastern England, offering advice and practical help to improve rivers for wild trout and the habitats that they need.
Rob said, “I’m thrilled to be taken on by the Trust. For many years I have been impressed by the way they have been able to make a real difference at the ground level. They have improved great lengths of rivers, made weirs passable for many different fish and have been able to champion the cause to conserve the diverse wonderful wild trout populations of the UK.”
Rob is based on the Cambs/Herts border but a fair bit of his time will be spent working further east and north in England, especially in Lincolnshire. Rob takes up his post from 8 May 2017. His contact details will be available here from that date.
Tuesday, 11th April 2017
Jeroen Tummers takes the baton from Jess Picken over on the WTT Blog with another update on current research from the young scientists themselves.
Jeroen was awarded his BSc and MSc at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,and then decided to undertake a PhD at Durham University on river restoration ecology. In particular, his research focus is the effectiveness of a broad range of solutions aimed at restoring longitudinal connectivity in fragmented river systems for fishes. He is currently working on an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers).
If you missed the earlier news item, WTT is keen to act as a portal for young researchers working on trout-related science to communicate their work with non-specialists. Keep tabs on the blog for further items such as the impacts of invasive plant species on salmonids, and find out what's wrong with watercress....
Friday, 7th April 2017
Another significant pollution incident in Wales, this time on the River Honddu – a tributary of the River Monnow. The pollution was caused by a failed slurry lagoon. This is the latest in a series of slurry related pollution incidents in Wales, including one on the Teifi in December that impacted 6 miles of river.
This is from the BBC News website:
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the incident, near Abergavenny, is likely to have a "serious effect" on some rivers in south east Wales.
A "significant discharge" from the lagoon, which contained up to 450,000 litres (99,000 gallons) of slurry, went into a tributary of the River Honddu.
NRW officers are also assessing the impact on the River Monnow and River Wye.
Caroline Drayton, a team leader for NRW, said on Tuesday: "Protecting nature in Wales is our biggest priority and we have been carrying out pollution-prevention works to minimise the impact of this incident since this morning."
NRW is working closely with the Environment Agency in England to monitor the situation.
Click here to read the Wye and Usk Foundation’s newsletter and response to this incident
Wednesday, 5th April 2017
The River Avon in Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset has won the Nigel Holmes Trophy for the 2017 UK River Prize
Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer Mike Blackmore was one of the team accepting the prize at the River Restoration Centre conference dinner yesterday evening.
Well done to Mike and the Avon team.
The press release is here.
Friday, 31st March 2017
The River Restoration Centre has announced the ‘River Champions’ for 2017. The awards recognises those who volunteer their time to improve rivers, and we are delighted to see so many friends and partners of the WTT in the list, including Vaughan Lewis who has worked with the WTT for many years in both a professional and voluntary capacity.
The River Champions are:
Euan Bull, London
Nick Fysh, Kent
Vaughan Lewis, UK wide
Patrick McNeill, Hertfordshire and Middlesex
Martin Moore, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey
Richard Stadelmann, Switzerland
Sam St Pierre, Sussex
Chris Stafford, London
Paul Winks, Sheffield
Click here for full details.