Inspiring and helping everyone to protect wild trout and their habitat

About the Wild Trout Trust

We are a conservation charity working across the UK and Ireland to help anyone interested in making a better world for our rivers, lakes and their wildlife, including wild trout. Flourishing wild trout populations are a sign of the health of our waterways and the land around them. 

Our expert staff work with landowners, local communities, fishing clubs, rivers trusts and government agencies providing practical advice and hands-on habitat improvement projects.

Our team spends over 1000 days a year on or in rivers. We use that experience to highlight issues like pollution and abstraction directly with governments and regulators and to support our partners in their lobbying and campaigning.



The Rivers Trust have published a comprehensive report on the State of Our Rivers in England, Wales Northern Ireland and Scotland. It does not make for happy reading. Our rivers are not in a healthy state and the situation has not improved since the...



Just over a year ago, we posted news of a project, Love for Lothersdale Beck, which was shaping up in the home village of our Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey. With most works complete, read about the progress of this holistic project...

Did You Know...

Brook trout, bull trout and lake trout are not trout, but charr. They are Salvelinus fontinalis, Salvelinus confluentus and Salvelinus namaycush respectively. All are native to North America. Brook trout have been widely introduced in Europe where they have naturalised.

Our Work

Practical Action

Our focus is on practical action to improve habitat for trout and all wildlife. We do this by delivering habitat improvement projects, often in partnership with landowners and other organisations, by giving advice and providing training through Practical Visits and River Habitat Workshops.  Any individual or organisation caring for a wild trout population, anywhere in the UK or Ireland, can contact us for practical help, advice and support.

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Join Us Today!

Membership costs less than a pint of beer each month and as well as supporting our work, you benefit from:  

  • Joining a like-minded group striving for wild trout conservation and keen on wild trout fishing
  • WTT’s excellent annual journal, Salmo trutta and information-packed newsletters
  • Members-only trout and grayling fishing events on exclusive beats
  • Working with us voluntarily and practically to improve habitat in our rivers
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Any individual or organisation caring for a wild trout population, anywhere in the UK or Ireland, can request an Advisory Visit. One of our Conservation Officers will walk your stretch of river with you, discuss how best to manage and improve the habitat and write a report of their findings and recommendations.

Advisory visit reports are available on this website using this map 

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Our ‘in river’ projects range in scale from a hundred metres to a kilometre or more, and may involve a small army of (wet and muddy) volunteers or a large excavator, expertly guided by one of our team. We use techniques that we know work, based on evidence and experience, and are proud to be chosen to manage the delivery of many partnership projects.

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Trout in the Town

Urban rivers are a fantastic resource for communities – not as rubbish dumps but as places of beauty, calm and wonder. That’s why we work with communities to help bring trout and other wildlife to urban rivers.

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About Trout

Our native trout, Salmo trutta, is a wonderfully diverse and adaptable species. Trout are a clear indicator of whether or not a river or lake is a healthy environment. If trout can thrive, then so will other wildlife. Learn all about trout and their relatives, grayling and arctic charr, by clicking the links below:

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Reference materials

We have a large library of information on this website, including ‘how to’ videos, academic articles and topic summaries such as predation, why trees are important to rivers, and stocking with farmed trout.

You can download our guides to habitat management as PDF files, or buy them from the shop. Also available in the shop is the excellent Wild Trout Survival Guide, our must-read book about wild trout conservation and management and a 70 minute DVD called Rivers: Working for Wild Trout. 

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About Us

We have a small staff who work from home and who are passionate about rivers and wildlife and love their jobs! We are helped by armies of volunteers who get stuck in to projects and help us with social media, events and the auction. The auction is our key fundraising event, held on eBay every March with over 300 lots (mainly fishing) donated by our supporters.

Support Us

With a focus on practical advice and project work, a small and expert team and very low overheads, we use our funds wisely to deliver real improvements to river habitat for the benefit of trout and all wildlife.