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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).

Fly Culture magazine

Posted on July 21, 2018

Fly Culture magazine is open for subscriptions!  Trout in the Town and urban fishing gurus Theo Pike and Paul Gaskell of the WTT have an article in the first edition which comes out in September. We are really delighted to be associated with Fly Culture and wish our friends Pete Tyjas and James Beeson great success.

https://www.flyculturemag.com/

 

News of upcoming events in Yorkshire

Posted on July 08, 2018

News of upcoming events in Yorkshire

There are several events we'd like to draw your attention to over the next few weeks in Yorkshire. 

The Great Yorkshire Show is this week (10-12th July) and as there is very little water in the rivers, why not pop along and see Jonny in the Salmon & Trout West Yorkshire Branch marquee. There will be opportunities for casting, riverfly samples and fly-tying demos, a river table to play with, as well as the opportunity to chew the fat re river habitat or get some advice for your local water if it needs a bit of TLC.

The following are workshops open to all, funded by Yorkshire Water under their Biodiversity Enhancement Fund. If you'd like to attend, please email Jonny (jgrey@wildtrout.org):-

A reminder of trout tolerance of high water temperature

Posted on June 29, 2018

Whilst the southern chalk streams are enjoying good flows at this time thanks to a wet winter and spring, many rain- fed rivers are approaching record low levels; low water levels plus hot sunshine means high water temperatures and low oxygen levels. Once the water temperature reaches 20-21C, our native brown trout start to struggle.

Adopt a sea trout!

Posted on June 29, 2018

The West Sutherland Fisheries Trust is teaming up with several partners to continue its excellent work studying the movements of sea trout in Loch Laxford. BUT the project needs your help: you can donate, adopt a sea trout, report any tagged, rod-caught trout from the Loch, or even all three!

For more information, click here

WTT Conservation Awards 2018 – Closing Date for Submissions Draws Near!

Posted on June 27, 2018

The WTT Conservation Awards 2018 seek to recognise river improvement projects at all scales, from the huge to the end-of-garden stuff; more information and application form HERE. The application process is simple and is followed by an informal phone discussion with our judges, before a special and great fun Awards’ evening in London on 17 October 2018.

We’re also on the look-out for nominations for our Wild Trout Hero 2018 – if you know someone who’s gone that extra mile for wild trout, please let us know.

Entries for this year’s Awards are welcome until 30 July 2018, by e-mail to office@wildtrout.org. If you’d like advice or a chat about your project, please call the WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, on 07974 861908.  

Volunteers wanted – Wiltshire Avon river restoration

Posted on June 27, 2018

WTT Conservation Officer Mike Blackmore is looking for volunteers to help with a river restoration project on the River Avon at Amesbury in Wiltshire.This is a great opportunity to make a real difference for wildlife as well as learn about river habitat restroration and have some fund with a great team of people.

If you have any time available between 30 July and 10 August and would like to help, please contact Mike.

Email: mblackmore@wildtrout.org Tel. 07881 248 789 Tweet: @blackyhimself