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WTT Seeks A New Trustee

Posted on July 21, 2017

The Wild Trout Trust is currently seeking an additional Director (Trustee) to join its Board of Directors. We are particularly interested in an individual in possession of significant professional communications and marketing experience, and who would be able to use this to provide strategic direction to the WTT’s communications activities.

The role entails attending four Board meetings per year in London plus preparation for meetings (proposing agenda items and reading Board papers including accounts, budget, business plan, and reports). Trustees are also encouraged to attend other WTT events, in particular the Annual Conservation Awards (October) and the Annual Get-Together (May/June). In addition, Trustees are expected to undertake Board activities between meetings remotely. An indicative time commitment over and above the four days of meetings is four further days. The post is unpaid, although reasonable travel expenses are recoverable.

Please apply by letter with a CV. Applications should be sent to: The Wild Trout Trust via: office@wildtrout.org. Your application should address:

  • your skills knowledge and experience relevant to the role;
  • how you can contribute to the success of the Wild Trout Trust, recognising our charitable articles (see www.wildtrout.org), and specifically the opportunities and needs in relation to communications and promotion of the Trust;
  • your ability to operate as part of a Board of Directors, with diplomacy and in accordance with good governance and avoiding conflicts of interest.

Where have the rivers gone?

Posted on July 18, 2017

"River beds are dry, wildlife is suffering, but no one has come close to mentioning a drought. What’s going on?"

Many of you will be painfully aware of the plight of groundwater-fed rivers in the southern half of England; after a particularly dry winter, they are notable by their absence. Their plight is highlighted in a recent article by Catherine Moncrieff, Freshwater Programme and Policy Manager, WWF-UK, available here. Read how and why the Blueprint for Water coalition are lobbying the Government and water companies.

On the WTT blog, Jess Picken has just provided us with a timely update from her PhD research - she is starting to reveal just how markedly the invertebrate (riverfly) community may be affected by even relatively short periods of low flow. Robust, experimental evidence like this is crucial for organisations like WWF and the Blueprint for Water team to include in their arguments. See the original outline of her PhD project, here.

New EA Head of Fisheries meets WTT

Posted on July 13, 2017

New EA Head of Fisheries meets WTT

The Environment Agency in England has a new Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment: Dr Kevin Austin, in post from early July.

WTT staff were delighted to spend a day with Dr Austin, showing him award-winning improvement projects in the rivers Nadder and Wylye, work that was the product of great partnership between WTT, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency area team, the Wessex Chalkstreams and Rivers Trust and local angling clubs.

WTT wishes Dr Austin every success in his new role and we look forward to carrying on our hugely productive collaboration with the Agency. 

A new type of river management- video

Posted on July 13, 2017

The past few years have seen a shift towards Catchment Management (managing the whole river basin, rather than only short sections of river) and more recently to Natural Flood Management (NFM) which uses natural processes to ‘slow the flow’ and reduce flooding.

This short film is very good explanation of the thinking behind this shift in the way that we manage rivers.

 

Knaresborough Anglers tackling balsam

Posted on July 10, 2017

Knaresborough Anglers tackling balsam

Knaresborough Anglers were recipients of a WTT workshop (led by Gareth Pedley) supported by the Yorkshire Water Biodiversity Fund. It was decided that the follow-up bursary (which the club match-funded) would be put towards the purchase of Stihl brushcutters and appropriate PPE so that the club membership could instigate a serious programme to tackle the invasive Himalayan balsam along the banks of the River Nidd.

Stuart Gregory reports that they have just completed five work days specifically targeting the balsam and have removed a huge amount from the banks over a two and a half mile stretch. The Knaresborough Anglers Committee is committed to continuing a programme of balsam reduction in the coming years, well aware that there is no quick fix and that success in the future will depend on doggedness, continued investment and working with a variety of key partners and the local landowners from whom they have had excellent support.

As well as tackling the balsam issue, Stuart also says that the club will continue to work through the recommendations highlighted in their WTT Advisory Visit report.  The willow whips already planted seem to have taken in the first phase of bank stabilisation and members are being supportive in leaving large woody debris that previously would have been hauled out. Anecdotally, the number of trout caught this year has improved and there are numerous fry being reported. The club has even managed to get Ripley Beck written in as one of the five priority tributaries for action in the EA’s current three year plan for the River Nidd because of its failure to meet the Water Framework Directive standards. Great work!

Great Yorkshire Show

Posted on July 09, 2017

The Great Yorkshire Show is on this week (Tues-Thurs) and Jonny Grey will be flying the flag for WTT.

Do drop by for a chat - he will be on a stand in the Country Pursuits section, alongside the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK West Yorks branch and Bradford City AA

Rhug (North Wales) Country Fair this weekend

Posted on July 04, 2017

Visit the Rhug country fair this weekend (7/8 July) and meet Noel Hulmston, who has a stand at the fair.Noel is a fishing guide and a much valued supporter of the Wild Trout Trust. 

Rhug is between Wrexham and Bala. Full details here.

The Sad Passing of International Salmon Conservationaist Mr Orri Vigfússon

Posted on July 03, 2017

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) announces with great sadness, the passing of our founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon. 

Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland's national hospital in Reyjavik on July 1st 2017 only nine short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration days and respect of environmentalists all over the world.  He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards.  He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.

The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF, is an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance.

Orri was a tireless campaigner for Atlantic salmon, and a great firend to the WTT. We will miss him.

WTT Conservation Awards applications close 28 July 2017

Posted on June 28, 2017

You have until 28 July 2017 to submit your application for the WTT Conservation Awards 2017, supported by Thames Water.

These prestigious awards are in three categories of small, medium and large-scale projects, with a splendid trophy and the adulation of your peers for all categories, plus a £1000 cheque for each winner of the small and medium-scale projects. The Awards ceremony, a great fun evening, is in London on 17 October.

The application process is slick, with the form quick and easy to complete; short-listed applicants will face a subsequent ‘phone interview with the judges, made up of staff from WTT and the River Restoration Centre. 

3-Fly Competition fundraiser raises £6850

Posted on June 18, 2017

Now in it's eight successful year, the 3-Fly competition organised by Neil Mundy goes from strength to strength. This year an amazing £6850 was raised in aid of the Wild Trout Trust.

The venue for was, as usual, Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire, who host the day with exceptional professionalism: lots of fish (even on a roasting, sunny day) and an absolutely perfect venue for stillwater fishing and for lots of socialising.

For the second year running  the overall competition winner was  Neil Mundy. Neil took away a splendid trophy and a new rod, very kindly donated by Sage.

Electric fishing in Dorset - volunteers needed 17-18 June

Posted on June 14, 2017

Asa White, a PhD student at the University of Brighton researching the impact of watercress farming on fish, needs some help electric fishing in the River Crane, Dorset this coming weekend, 17 & 18 June.No previous experience is needed as Asa will train volunteers.A lift from Brighton or Hastings is a possibility, as is a pitch on a nearby campsite. If you’re keen, contact Asa on A.White2@brighton.ac.uk or 07738 056114. 

More on Asa’s project on the WTT website here.

 

Generous donation from Bradford City AA

Posted on June 06, 2017

We were extremely delighted to receive a generous donation ‘to support the Wild Trout Trust in its vital work’ from Bradford City Angling Association. They recently held an Open Day on the River Aire at Gargrave which was well attended by local clubs and their members, rivers trusts and associated organisations, and even one of the WTT Vice Presidents, Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Our very own Jonny Grey was on hand to demonstrate some of the sterling work that the BCAA Fly Section has been doing to reinstate and improve habitat along reaches of the Aire (in partnership with the Environment Agency and their local Fisheries Officer, Pete Turner, via the Fishery Improvement Programme).

Phil Bailey, the BCAA Fly Secretary, had done an excellent job of organising an interesting line up of fly-casting and fly-fishing demonstrations, for old and young kids alike! Thanks are due to Phil, to Jim Munden (the President), and to the rest of the very supportive BCAA Committee for considering us.    

Deveron Trout Festival report

Posted on June 06, 2017

Deveron Trout Festival report

In 2016 Wild Trout Trust were approached by the Deveron, Bogey and Isla Charitable Rivers Trust (DBICRT) to sit on the advisory panel for the development of their new fishery management plan, which is an honour that we duly accepted.

This role offers WTT a great opportunity to support the trust in conservation and promotion of wild trout in an area of Scotland where 'resident' trout have historically been considered a poor cousin (or worse) to migratory salmonids. Fortunately these views are not shared by the DBICRT and they take the conservation of all their native fish species very seriously.

Amongst the initiatives by the DBICRT to develop and improve of their fisheries, the trust wanted to reinvigorate their annual trout festival, an event in which a large number of beats on the River Deveron are made available for trout fishing for the weekend so that anglers can get affordable, easy access to the river, in exchange for providing the trust with length, weight and scale data for the fish that they catch.