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New Conservation Officer for the Wild Trout Trust

Posted on April 12, 2017

New Conservation Officer for the Wild Trout Trust

The Wild Trout Trust has just appointed its seventh Conservation Officer, Rob Mungovan. Rob, currently an ecologist at South Cambs District Council, is a passionate river man, local campaigner for river conservation and trout fisherman. With 20 years of experience and many river improvement projects delivered, his professional and voluntary contribution to river conservation won him WTT’s Wild Trout Hero award in 2016.

Now, Rob has secured his dream job; to go out and work with angling clubs, landowners and the Environment Agency in Central and Eastern England, offering advice and practical help to improve rivers for wild trout and the habitats that they need.

Rob said, “I’m thrilled to be taken on by the Trust. For many years I have been impressed by the way they have been able to make a real difference at the ground level. They have improved great lengths of rivers, made weirs passable for many different fish and have been able to champion the cause to conserve the diverse wonderful wild trout populations of the UK.”

New guest blog on little weirs and little fishes

Posted on April 11, 2017

Jeroen Tummers takes the baton from Jess Picken over on the WTT Blog with another update on current research from the young scientists themselves.

Jeroen was awarded his BSc and MSc at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,and then decided to undertake a PhD at Durham University on river restoration ecology. In particular, his research focus is the effectiveness of a broad range of solutions aimed at restoring longitudinal connectivity in fragmented river systems for fishes. He is currently working on an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers).

If you missed the earlier news item, WTT is keen to act as a portal for young researchers working on trout-related science to communicate their work with non-specialists. Keep tabs on the blog for further items such as the impacts of invasive plant species on salmonids, and find out what's wrong with watercress....

Slurry pollution incident in Wales - River Honddu

Posted on April 07, 2017

Another significant pollution incident in Wales, this time on the River Honddu – a tributary of the River Monnow. The pollution was caused by a failed slurry lagoon. This is the latest in a series of slurry related pollution incidents in Wales, including one on the Teifi in December that impacted 6 miles of river.

This is from the BBC News website:

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the incident, near Abergavenny, is likely to have a "serious effect" on some rivers in south east Wales.

UK River Prize winner

Posted on April 05, 2017

UK River Prize winner

The River Avon in Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset has won the Nigel Holmes Trophy for the 2017 UK River Prize

Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer Mike Blackmore was one of the team accepting the prize at the River Restoration Centre conference dinner yesterday evening. 

Well done to Mike and the Avon team. 

River Champions prize winners

Posted on March 31, 2017

River Champions prize winners

The River Restoration Centre has announced the ‘River Champions’ for 2017.  The awards recognises those who volunteer their time to improve rivers, and we are delighted to see so many friends and partners of the WTT in the list, including Vaughan Lewis who has worked with the WTT for many years in both a professional and voluntary capacity.

 

 

New S&TC Scotland film on the collapse of sea trout in Loch Maree

Posted on March 23, 2017

This important new film explains the catastrophic collapse of sea trout stocks in Loch Maree, once one of the world’s truly great wild fisheries, following the arrival of salmon farming in the adjacent sea loch. It’s a disastrous tale of a vibrant fishery, supporting a hotel and twenty seasonal ghillies, that, within a very few years, virtually disappeared. The 7-minute film, and the story of S&TC Scotland’s campaign in Holyrood, can be viewed here:

 

 

New guest blogs from PhD researchers

Posted on March 22, 2017

Over on the blog, Jon Grey is hoping to create a series of informal reports from current researchers undertaking studies relevant to wild trout.

Jess Picken is our brave guinea pig! Jess completed a MSc at the University of Birmingham in River Environments and Management, and spent a year studying the impacts of high river flows on fish ecosystems in Alaska. With climate change models suggesting that high and low flow events will become more frequent in the future, she chose a PhD topic providing a perfect opportunity for her to broaden her knowledge on extreme flow events. The goal of the PhD is to provide reliable scientific knowledge to river management teams to help keep healthy populations of salmon and trout in our beautiful rivers.

Keep tabs on the blog for future updates from her and other young academics

Deveron Trout Festival 6 & 7 May 2017

Posted on March 15, 2017

The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust and The Wild Trout Trust invite trout enthusiasts to join them for a weekend of fly-fishing, fly-tying and most importantly fun!

Trout fishing will be available on a large number of prime Deveron beats over the weekend and there will be an evening gathering with fly-tying demonstrations from experts such as Allan Liddle and informative talks by Paul Proctor and the Wild Trout Trust team. Further details at http://deveron.org/deveron-trout-fishing-festival-may-2017/

Four unsold auction lots relisted on eBay

Posted on March 14, 2017

We have just four unsold lots from the auction. They have now been re-listed on eBay.

Click here to go to the list on eBay.

The four lots are:

  • A VIP day at the Irish Fly Fair
  • Clay pigeon shooting in North Wales
  • A day for two fishing the River Test at Mottisfont on 11 May
  • A trip to Argentina to fish for golden dorado

WTT auction result

Posted on March 12, 2017

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our 2017 auction raised a total of £94,255, an unprecedented figure for WTT. Thank you so much to all who donated lots and those who joined the auction, as bidders or (hopefully) winners.

WTT’s team is already busy matching lot donors and winners, but please bear with us while we sort payments and communication between those donors and winners.

We have very few unsold lots but we will probably relist those we have on ebay, so please keep an eye on the WTT website, www.wildtrout.org, for further details.

WTT Annual Gathering, 13-14 May, Derbyshire

Posted on March 08, 2017

The provisional programme for the 2017 WTT annual gathering is now available - click here.Please note this is version 2 of the agenda - Nick Everall has been replaced by Nick Measham.

This year, on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, we’ll be in glorious Derbyshire, hosted by the Haddon Estate and based in Rowsley, near Bakewell. Early arrivers will meet in Bakewell on the Friday night for a bite and beer, before a Saturday with a mix of interesting talks and river walks. We hope that the Sunday will allow our guests to enjoy the excellent fishing of the classic Derbyshire rivers, including the Derwent, Dove and Wye.

More detail on the fishing to follow. 

Matthew Wright appointed Vice President of WTT

Posted on March 02, 2017

Matthew Wright appointed Vice President of WTT

We delighted to announce that Matthew Wright, journalist and presenter of ‘The Wright Stuff’ on Channel 5, has joined the eteemed ranks of Vice Presidents of the Wild Trout Trust.

Matthew said:

"I’m profoundly honoured to be a Vice President of a charity that has done so much already for this country’s rivers and lakes and the wonderful creatures they support. My appointment coincides with a watershed moment in history for the future of the UK environment and I intend to use my voice to insure our wild brown trout don’t get forgotten about."

Fly Fishing Industry Awards

Posted on March 02, 2017

Fly Fishing Industry Awards

We are delighted to receive a silver award for ‘Best Fishing Charity of Organisation’ from Fish and Fly in the 2016 Fly Fishing Industry Awards.

WTT Vice President Paul Procter received a gold award for ‘Best Guide or Instructor’.

Action for Conservation Summer Camps

Posted on February 24, 2017

Action for Conservation (AFC, http://www.actionforconservation.org) is a charity that seeks to inspire young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, to shape their dreams and actions.

AFC run summer camps, filled with conservation activities, careers advice and adventure, guided by young conservation professionals, the AFC team and partners such as the National Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Participants will connect with nature and learn how to protect it alongside other young people from across the UK, returning ready to drive change in their community as Conservation Ambassadors. You can find out more about last year’s adventure here.

AFC has just launched a challenge for free places on their 5-day residential summer camps. Young people aged 12-16 from across the UK can enter the challenge before the March 31st deadline for the chance to win a free place on one of our two camps: 22nd - 26th July and the 31st July - 4th August at the National Trust’s Stackpole Reserve in Pembrokeshire.  

Auction Catalogue - late lots and changes

Posted on February 24, 2017

Two late lots added and some changes to lots which are not reflected in the catalogue, but will be correct on eBay when the auction goes live on 3 March,

Click here for the list of late lots and changes. This version updated 2 March.