Chalk Stream Summit
Posted on January 11, 2013
A ‘Chalk Stream Summit’ was held in Stockbridge, Hampshire in December, attended by over 100 interested parties (including the WTT) from chalk streams all over the UK — not only Wessex, but the ‘Cinderella’ chalk streams of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and the Chilterns.
The meeting was organised by Martin Salter of the Angling Trust and Paul Knight of the Salmon and Trout Association for Richard Benyon, Environment Minister, with the intention of raising the profile of this unique and threatened habitat to DEFRA, the EA, the responsible minister and to the All Party Angling Group, led by George Hollingberry MP. The result was a commitment by George Hollingberry to create a ‘Chalk Stream Charter’.
Whilst the WTT’s focus is on practical habitat advice and projects, we will be involved in the Chalk Stream Charter process and will use our knowledge and experience to influence the lobbying organisations including the S&TA and AT, and to support them in addressing the issues facing our chalk streams.
More details about the meeting can be found here
Our President, Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s response to the meeting is here
Charles has made a film about the threats to our chalk streams with WWF, which is available to view from our website — click here