Thursday, 1st December 2016

At WTT, we strive to ensure that we employ staff of immense quality, expertise and knowledge. But, they can’t know it all, so we have a group of experts in their fields who advise, independently and pro bono, on a range of issues.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Prof Alastair Driver, recently retired as National Biodiversity Manager with the Environment Agency and an acknowledged expert in a wide range of conservation and ecological disciplines, has joined that team. Alastair will bring us his vast experience and expertise in catchment management and restoration and specific areas of ‘above-water’ conservation e.g. otters and water voles.
In addition to his voluntary work with WTT and several other NGOs, and his professorial role at Exeter University, Alastair is now getting stuck into planning a new professional life as a consultant specialising in catchment restoration.

WTT’s Advisory Team

Prof Alastair Driver joins an awesome team, giving freely of their time and expertise to WTT:

Neil Auchterlonie                                                                  Dr Alan Butterworth

Dr Adrian Collins                                                                  Prof Andy Ferguson

Michael Heaton                                                                     Dr Paul Kemp

Vaughan Lewis                                                                      Dr Nigel Ling

Prof Mark Macklin                                                                 Dr Guy Mawle

Dr Mike Pawson                                                                    Prof David Sear        

Will Twiddy                                                                              Dr John Webb

Dr Chris Williams                                                                  Tim Woodward

Tony Woolnough





Monday, 28th November 2016

The Environment Agency use catch return information from anglers with migratory licences to help determine the status of salmon and sea trout stocks and to target action to improve populations.

Catch returns are due by 1 January 2017

You can submit your catch return online:

Nil returns are also required !

By providing an accurate catch return you will help ensure that the right decisions are made to improve salmon and sea trout populations. 

Friday, 25th November 2016

We are very sorry to report the death of Ron Holloway today. He is a great loss to the world of trout conservation and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to his family and his large network of friends.

Just a few days before he died, WTT Director Shaun Leonard presented Ron with the Bernard Venables Award. This is the news item that announced that award: 

Ron Holloway is greatly respected in the world of wild trout fishery management. He keepered the Martyr Worthy fishery on the Itchen for 34 years and visited other fisheries, across the world, to offer his experience and bring back to the UK what he’d learned, especially in North America. In the mid-80s, he was extolling and practising ideas that are the bedrock of today’s fishery management: Ron spoke of the need for holistic catchment management and used woody debris to create cover and habitat diversity in his own river. His first book, You Should Have Been Here Last Thursday, outlined his thinking and tales from decades on and in his river. Ron has influenced and inspired many of today’s riverkeepers and activists for our rivers and their trout, including lots of students (and staff) at Sparsholt. He was a founding father of the Wild Trout Society, the progenitor of the Wild Trout Trust.

So, all in all, a pretty good reason why Ron Holloway is WTT’s 2016 winner of the Bernard Venables Award, as it “recognises lifetime services to wild trout conservation, and honours those whose vital work, often unusual, sometimes outstanding, often goes unrecognised”.

Well done, Ron and thank you from all at WTT and from all the UK’s spotties.

Ron Holloway



Sunday, 20th November 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted for our application for funding to the Aviva Community Fund to by-pass a huge weir on the River Goyt. Our final score was 4,932 votes.

We have now reached the final stage when the project will be assessed by the Aviva Community Fund judges panel. 

We will know whether or not we have been successful on 10 January. 

Sunday, 20th November 2016

Dr Chris Gardner of the South East Rivers Trust has written this excellent article:  ‘How weirs affect fish communities’, which includes the often neglected issue of the impact of  weirs on coarse fish such as barbel, bream, chub and dace.  

Monday, 14th November 2016


The Wild Trout Trust and the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust are hoping to win £22,000 of funding to pay for creating a by-pass around a big weir on the River Goyt in Lancashire. This weir is currently a huge barrier to fish migration and by-passing it will make a big difference to trout, eels and salmon in the river. To win this money, we need as many people to vote for us as possible.

You will need to register but it takes just a couple of minutes. Full details of the project and voting are here


The weir at Roman Lakes Goytcliffe Viaduct

goy weir

Sunday, 13th November 2016

Our Conservation Officer in the farthest north, Gareth Pedley, recently ran a two day workshop on bank protection and habitat improvement on the River Derwent in Cumbria; this was on behalf of the Derwent riparian owners and the Environment Agency.

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The days were well attended by staff from organisations like Natural England and the rivers trusts, and there was considerable interest as well from local individuals.

Overall, the workshop was very productive and we’d like to thank everyone who turned up and got stuck in, particularly the EA and National Trust staff who sourced materials and provided technical support.

Watch out for similar events to come in the Cumbria area on these news pages.

Sunday, 13th November 2016

We have just had drawn to our attention, a vacancy for a funded 4-year PhD position at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on density-dependence in juvenile salmonids in river environments. Sounds really interesting! We'll be keeping tabs on that research.

Anyway, the details of the project are available to download, here

Thursday, 10th November 2016

Recent work to rehabilitate Eastburn Beck (River Aire, Yorkshire), led by one of our northern Conservation Officers, Jonny Grey, and in partnership with the Environment Agency, has had a fair bit of coverage via these news pages, via the WTT blog, and via social media.

It has also received some fabulous coverage in the mainstream media, via The Yorkshire Post Saturday magazine and even beyond the borders of that great county, nationally via The I, courtesy of our talented writer chum, Andrew Griffiths. Jonny spent a great day with Andrew and with renowned Yorkshire fly-fishing guide, Stuart Minnikin, who made his first forays into fishing on Eastburn Beck.

If you missed either of those articles, we have permission from the Yorkshire Post to make the PDF available, here.

And, if you want the fisherman’s version of that story, then do keep a look out for the upcoming December/January issue of Fieldsports Magazine in which Andrew puts a slightly different slant on the day.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Great job opportunity in the fisheries world, as a Project Officer with the Fishmongers Company in London. The role will involve support for policy-work, developing partnerships and networks, convening and managing of events and overseeing Company funded projects.

Closing date for applications is 18 November 2016, with further information available from Cynthia Baddoo at the Fishmongers Company:

Projects Officer advert and job description

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