News

Eastridge Fishery, River Kennet video

Posted on November 19, 2018

In 2014, the Eastridge Estate on the River Kennet in Berkshire (with Windrush AEC) won a WTT Conservation Award for a large-scale project that improved in-river habitat, fish passage and wetland meadows. Now, a beautiful video, produced by Chalkstream Fly, highlights the ongoing work and ethos of the Estate and its dynamic young keeper, Jack Uridge, with lots of important messages that chime very much with our thinking at WTT. Very well worth a watch. 

We are gathering lots for our Spring Auction!

Posted on November 19, 2018

If you, your club or syndicate would like to donate a fishing day, please get in touch with Denise: dashton@wildtrout.org. Flies, books, art and unusual lots also very welcome.

The auction is a big event for us, not only raising valuable funds to enable us to deliver habitat improvement work, but acting as a showcase for a huge range of fishing opportunities. Our aim is to make the auction accessible to all, with plenty of affordable lots as well as top class fishing at home and abroad.

The auction takes place 8-17 March but we have started to build the catalogue of what should be 300 or so lots now. More details on our auction page.

2019 illustrated calendar available

Posted on November 13, 2018

2019 illustrated calendar available

Partridge of Redditch has teamed up with the talented local artist, Sarah Ellis, to produce a beautifully illustrated Salmon and Trout calendar for 2019!

Limited stock, order now to receive your calendar just in time for Christmas! A donation of 50p from every sale of the calendar will be made to the Wild Trout Trust.

This calendar will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre, Sportfish, Sarah Ellis or from the Partridge of Redditch website. 

'Tis the season to be spawning

Posted on November 08, 2018

'Tis the season to be spawning

News from the north.… WTT Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, reports that brown trout are beginning to spawn on the Aire in Yorkshire. The noteworthy aspect of this is that the majority of redds so far have been found within the reaches that he has been working with Bradford City AA to improve.

Southern sea trout conservation

Posted on November 06, 2018

Southern sea trout conservation

There is a consultation underway regarding net fishing management along the south coast from the Devon/Dorset border to the Hampshire/Sussex border including the Isle of Wight. The proposals will potentially affect sea trout and salmon which may be caught as a ‘by-catch’ in nets targeting other fish such as mullet and sea bass. WTT has responded to the consultation and we would urge others to do so in order to protect our valuable fish stocks.

The consultation is being run by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) and it closes on 7 December.

Winners of the 2018 Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards

Posted on October 25, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards

Around 100 people gathered in the ballroom of the Savile Club in London to celebrate the tremendous contributions of individuals and groups to improving river habitat. It is always an uplifting experience to see the dedication, determination and expertise that is demonstrated in the projects competing for the annual Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards.  

The awards are judged by Dr Paul Gaskell and Shaun Leonard of the Wild Trout Trust and Martin Jaynes of the River Restoration Centre.

Paul Gaskell said:

Bernard Venables Award Winner 2018

Posted on October 25, 2018

Bernard Venables Award Winner 2018

We present the Bernard Venables Award to recognise those who, voluntarily, have given a lifetime of service to wild trout conservation and to WTT and whose vital work, perhaps unusual, sometimes outstanding, often goes unrecognised.

The 2018 winner is Phil Bailey, a keen river conservationist, angler, fishing guide and fly-tier. Phil was the inaugural President of the Australian Trout Foundation and has fished and guided across many countries, now settled in Yorkshire. Here, he works tirelessly across the county for wild trout conservation, including shoulder-to-shoulder with WTT’s Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, on the Wharfe, Ure, Aire and Ribble.

Phil is an ambassador for wild trout (and WTT), an event organiser, Riverfly monitor, tree planter, weed planter, woody debris installer and invasive species annihilator. His friends, in their proposition, noted of Phil that “His continued energy, enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work to benefit wild trout and grayling populations know no bounds, in what is now his eighth decade. In short, improvement of conditions for fish, and being out on (and in) the river, are his main passions in life”. 

WTT Partnership Project on the Misbourne wins a National Award

Posted on October 03, 2018

WTT Partnership Project on the Misbourne wins a National Award

The Lower Misbourne Enhancement Project a partnership between Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, Bucks County Council, the EA and the Wild Trout Trust came runner-up in the Canal & River Trust’s Living Waterways Awards (Natural Environment category) last night. They were pipped to first place by a very extensive £2 million green infrastructure project in Wales which saw a canal restored!

A kilometre of the Misbourne at Denham Country Park has been enhanced for the benefit of wild brown trout and its declining water vole population. The judges were particularly impressed with the project’s delivery of improved river access at the visitor centre which enables youngsters to safely and cleanly explore the river, whilst other more precious habitats have been protected behind brushwood hedges. A team of volunteers were led by the WTT’s Rob Mungovan over a period of two weeks, learning how to instal flow deflectors, create brushwood ledges and use hinge-cut trees for marginal cover.

The work didn’t stop there, an excavator was used to re-shape the river bed to create shallow riffles and new pool habitats, and a backwater habitat was created at the confluence of the nearby River Colne.

Trout bend the rules of stream food webs

Posted on October 02, 2018

Trout bend the rules of stream food webs

As any discerning fly angler knows, trout can feed extensively on terrestrial insects that fall onto the surface of the water. New research published this week (link here) has shown how these terrestrial inputs, essentially subsidies to waterbodies, shape the structure of stream food webs.

Brian Clarke retires from The Times

Posted on September 03, 2018

Brian Clarke retires from The Times

Brian Clarke’s final fishing column for The Times appears today (3 September). After 27 years of writing thoughtful and thought provoking articles about angling and the issues and politics around it, he has retired.Brian was for many years an active and very effective President of the Wild Trout Trust. His column in The Times gave unique coverage in the mainstream media to important issues and will be sorely missed.

 

'Let the Dove Flow' - update

Posted on August 20, 2018

'Let the Dove Flow' - update

WTT Conservation Officer Tim Jacklin continues to manage the team removing some of the 177 weirs on the River Dove in Dovedale, Derbyshire, with the aim of creating better habitat for wildlife including trout and a more natural and sustainable form and function to the river. The project will host a visit from the BBC regional news team on 23rd August.

Before and after photos from a weir removal last week:

 

Restoring Fly Populations

Posted on August 08, 2018

Restoring Fly Populations

Well known entymologist Dr Cyril Bennett has written up a number of methods for attempting to restore fly populations in rivers.As Cyril notes in his recent interesting paper, these methods are aimed not at trying to boost existing fly numbers but rather for situations where pollution has impacted local populations and recolonisation from upstream is limited. Cyril also makes the really important point that such methods are only applicable where the issues that caused any perceived fly declines have been tackled. 

 

Free Japanese knotweed control training course, Holmfirth

Posted on August 08, 2018

River Holme Connections in West Yorkshire are running a Japanese knotweed control training course (PA1 - safe use of pesticides, PA6AW - hand held applicators and PA6INJ - stem injection) in Holmfirth on the following dates:

  • Training: 20th-21st August 2018
  • Assessments: 22nd & 23rd August 2018
  • Venue: TKF Training Centre, Holmfirth 

River Holme Connections are happy to pay for the course fees if volunteers would be able to contribute 8 days of volunteering work on the River Holme (in September and October) (as well as 4 days for the actual training course), so 12 days in total.

They will also provide all the PPE, reasonable travel costs and lunch expenses during the work.

Dam Removal Europe - new report

Posted on July 23, 2018

Removing tens of thousands of obsolete dams in Europe will bring life back to rivers, says new report

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for up to 30,000 redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

Click here for the full press release and here to download the report.

WTT Grayling Weekend 3-4 November

Posted on July 21, 2018

WTT Grayling Weekend  

We are hatching plans for another chalk stream grayling weekend, this time on the River Test. As last year, we hope to be able to offer grayling fishing on exclusive beats (no day ticket water). There will be limited places and they will be open to WTT members only. Proceeds will support our habitat improvement project work.

Reserve the date in your diary – 3 and 4 November 2018 – and watch out for the email in September to book your place (you will need to have  ‘opted in’  to emails from the WTT to receive the email).