Projects are the major part of the Wild Trout Trust’s work. Our Conservation Officers spend most of their time planning, preparing and delivering projects to improve habitat in rivers.
Projects can vary in scale from a hundred metres of river to catchment and regional scale programmes, but all are aimed at improving habitat for the benefit of wild trout and all wildife in the river and on the banks.
We deliver habitat improvement projects in 3 main ways:
- Helping groups such as fishing clubs to carry out their own projects by providing advice, training and support, which can include project design, costing, planning, help with the ‘permissions’ processes, training in techniques and project management.
- Leading the delivery of a project in close co-operation with a local ‘grassroots’ organisation who will take over the long term management and maintenance once the project has completed.
- Supporting the delivery of a project as Partner with another organisation such as a local Rivers Trust, Catchment Partnership, the Environment Agency, a Wildlife Trust. We use our in depth expertise of river habitats and habitat improvement projects to complement the skills of other Partners.
Local involvement in any project is absolutely crucial. The Wild Trout Trust does not deliver projects without local involvement and the blessing or active participation of the landowner.
As well as delivering habitat improvement, projects have an important role in involving the ‘grassroots’ , for example a fishing club or community group of conservation volunteers. By involving, training and enthusing local groups with a ‘demonstration project’, we can be effective beyond our own limited resources and leave a legacy of knowledge and desire to look after the river and it’s wildlife.
Thank you very much for your outstanding contribution, and for the great value that the Wild Tout Trust have brought to this project. Now we have some very well informed and ‘skilled up’ volunteers who will be able to apply their experience to the next and potentially bigger site in this Project.
Projects can take a long time to come to fruition. In most cases it will take months to get all the relevant local groups and the landowner on board, apply for permission and find the funding. In some cases, projects are years in the planning, but perhaps only a few days or weeks in delivery.
Patience and persistance are required, but the results are worth it!
The River Ems in West Sussex. An overwide channel with uniform depth (left); a digger was used to create a sequence of pools and riffles (centre). One year later (right), a sinuous channel providing healthy habitat for trout and other wildlife.