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Roundup up of recent Natural Flood Management publications

Posted on April 16, 2020

Not so long ago, the issue of the day was flooding….

This report, ‘The Enablers and Barriers to the Delivery of Natural Flood Management Projects’ was commissioned by Defra, makes interesting (if long and quite detailed) reading.The report shows findings about the delivery of Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects. In particular what acts as a barrier to delivery of NFM projects, and what enables these projects. This report presents research findings from a literature review, stakeholder engagements, a legal analysis and case study findings. It identifies the wide range of stakeholders involved in the delivery of NFM and explores their role. Cultural, institutional and social barriers and enablers to NFM are identified and possible improvements to NFM delivery are explored.

NFM continues to attract media coverage, having moved away from being a somewhat niche eccentricity a few years ago to a logical, viable and cost-effective element of flood defence with plenty of positive media coverage.

Wales Agricultural Pollution Regulations

Posted on April 15, 2020

Wales Agricultural Pollution Regulations

This article by Andrew Griffiths is about the long-awaited Welsh regulations for farming and water. An interesting read!

Some context to explain why this is an important topic for those of us interested in rivers and trout:

Sea trout populations are in poor shape in Wales, (see news item 'sea trout stocks in Wales at their worst ever levels') and the number of agricultural pollution incidents in rivers in Wales, particularly those related to slurry pollution, is acknowledged to be unacceptable (a letter from the Chair of NRW to the Minister in 2017 detailed the ‘unacceptable number of slurry pollution incidents that have been experienced across Wales').

WTT Furloughs Some Staff

Posted on April 01, 2020

WTT Furloughs Some Staff

WTT is a practical, hands-on organisation: we improve rivers and advise and help others to do so too. At present, however, Coronavirus restrictions on essential travel and social distancing means that some of our staff aren’t able to do their usual work. We have many practical projects lined up, with ringfenced funding in place, but we simply cannot get to the rivers to deliver them.

As a result, from 1 April 2020, WTT has taken the difficult decision to follow many charities and other organisations in temporarily furloughing some of our staff as part of the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

This means that, from 1 April 2020, some of our team will remain employed by WTT but not allowed to do any work for us, initially for one month. More details of those who are furloughed at www.wildtrout.org/contact-us

2020 Spring Auction result

Posted on March 31, 2020

From Shaun Leonard, WTT Director:

The Spring Auction is now closed. A tremendous £70,000 was raised. Huge thanks to all the bidders and donors and the many supporters who helped publicise the auction.

The Auction is an extremely important source of funding for us, and never more so than this year, when other sources of funding are looking threatened by the crisis around us. The Auction funds are vital for us to continue our work to improve rivers for wild trout.

Updated paper on predation by fish eating birds on our website

Posted on March 31, 2020

Updated paper on predation by fish eating birds on our website

Jonny Grey has updated the paper on predation by fish eating birds, which is held on the ‘Predation and beavers' page in our website library. The paper reviews the available research and evidence regarding goosander and cormorant impact on fisheries and describes the measures available to control fish eating birds.

Jonny is a WTT Conservation Officer and Professor in Practice for aquatic ecology at the University of Lancaster.

Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery - consultation result

Posted on March 31, 2020

Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery - consultation result

Following a Consultation, the Environment Agency have decided not to extend the season for beach netting fishing for sea trout in Yorkshire and the North East.

Of the 562 online responses they received, 93% opposed an extension of the current netting season and 7% were in favour.

This is the first paragraph of our response:

Auction update - Covid-19

Posted on March 25, 2020

The timing of the Auction is (to put it mildly), unfortunate, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis and many potential bidders will be concerned about committing to buy fishing at this time. We can only be optimistic that fishing will be possible at some point this season. Many of our generous donors have indicated they are happy to be flexible and will defer to next season if necessary, and we will, of course, refund winning bidders where Covid-19 prevents them from taking their fishing day.

The Auction is an extremely important source of funding for us, and never more so than this year, when other sources of funding are looking threatened by the crisis around us. The Auction funds are vital for us to continue our work to improve rivers for wild trout.

Please support us if you can. 

Our auction is now live!

Posted on March 16, 2020

If you win a lot and Covid-19 prevents you from taking your lot, please contact us and we will do our best to sort the situation; for example, donors might be willing to defer when the lot is taken. Hopefully, refunds won’t be needed, but please contact us for help.The monies we raise are incredibly important to us, even more so in these vexing times.

Auction countdown

Posted on March 15, 2020

Auction countdown

The auction starts on Friday this week! If you would like a printed catalogue so that you can peruse the lots with a glass of wine or beer and pen in hand, please contact Christina on office@wildtrout.org. Catalogues and all the lots are also available on our website. With over 300 to choose from, we’ll be helping you narrow the field by featuring groups of lots under the ‘Season of Adventures’ banner over the next couple of weeks until the auction closes on Sunday evening, 29 March. Keep well and keep your spirits up by planning your ‘Season of Adventures’.

WTT Carrying Right On

Posted on March 15, 2020

WTT Carrying Right On

We at WTT are planning to carry on as best we can, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. We believe that our advisory visits and our practical work, with appropriate hygiene measures and risk assessment in place, can still continue, at least for now, so please don’t hesitate to contact your local Conservation Officer for our help; details here.It may well be that the river bank is a good place to be while this crisis rages!

Butts Brewery

Posted on March 13, 2020

Annually, we receive a lovely donation from Butts Brewery near Hungerford, arising from the 5p they give us for each bottle of Barbus barbus beer that they sell. Each year, we turn that donation into something useful: bionic waders, chainsaws. This year, the £290 Butts donation will buy our Conservation Officers two (and a half) licences for an online mapping tool, to help them plan practical river improvement projects.

Thank you all at Butts. Check out all their organic beers, including their splendid Barbus, at http://www.buttsbrewery.com

Wild Trout Fly Fishing Weekend in Devon, 2-3 May 2020

Posted on March 04, 2020

Wild Trout Fly Fishing Weekend in Devon, 2-3 May 2020

The Arundell Arms hotel in Devon is one of the UK’s premier fishing hotels, with 20 miles of private fishing on the River Tamar and its tributaries. They are running a friendly and social weekend of fly fishing for wild trout with dinner and accommodation, aimed at Wild Trout Trust members and supporters. Your host is David Pilkington, the hotel’s senior fly fishing instructor. Join David for dinner and take advantage of his 50+ years’ fly fishing experience. Stay for two nights, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2020, for £295 per person. The price includes two days fishing and dinner each evening, plus room and breakfast.

The hotel will donate £20 per person to the Wild Trout Trust.

For more information and to book your place, contact Reservations@arundellarms.co.uk or ring 01566 784666

Salmon and sea trout tracking co-ordinator role for AST

Posted on March 04, 2020

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is looking to appoint a salmon and sea trout tracking co-ordinator to stimulate, develop, and where appropriate, manage fish telemetry projects and associated teams so that we may gain a better understanding of fish movements and their survival. In addition, the role will also involve informing technical and non-technical audiences about the work being undertaken by the Trust.

Based at the Trust’s main office at Battleby, near Perth, Scotland. Full time.Closing date 24 March 2020.

More details here.

Interesting job for Fisheries Management Scotland

Posted on February 28, 2020

Fisheries Management Scotland is seeking an Aquaculture Interactions Manager, “…to develop and maintain professional engagement with the aquaculture industry to support the production of environmental management plans (or successor arrangements) and monitoring strategies to understand and address any local impacts on wild salmonid fish”. Further details at http://fms.scot/vacancies/