The River Annan Trust are recruiting a Project Officer

Posted on April 12, 2016

The River  Annan Trust are looking to recruit a self-motivated and enthusiastic Project Assistant to help action Re-wilding the Annan Waters (RAW) management priorities. Initially the post has been funded for 6 months and there is the possibility of an extension if additional funding can be secured during the initial term.

The Project Assistant will be based at the River Annan Trust, a charitable organisation with a remit to improve and protect the rivers environment, engage in research towards better management of the resource, generate sustainable access to the river and to educate the general public on the importance of the river.

Click here for more details.

Farming and Fisheries Conference, 10-12 May, Penrith

Posted on April 12, 2016

The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) will be hosting a two-day specialist conference at the Rheged Centre near Penrith looking at a range of different subject areas linked to faming practices and their interaction with the aquatic environment.

The full programme for the conference and registration details can be found on the IFM website 

Key note presentations will come from John Zablocki of the Nature Conservancy who will look at some of the large scale projects carried out in the USA and what we can learn from them.This will be followed by Prof. Jonathan Grey, of Lancaster University and the Wild Trout Trust, who will provide an overview on the impacts of land management on UK rivers. 

UK River Prize finalists announced

Posted on April 03, 2016

The UK River Prize is an award run by the River Restoration Centre which celebrates the best in river restoration and catchment management.After much deliberation the judges selected the four category winners;

The overall winner of the Nigel Holmes Trophy will be announced on the 26th April during the awards dinner at the River Restonation Centre Annual Conference in Blackpool.

Fishing for Forces fundraising lunch

Posted on April 03, 2016

Fishing for Forces, the excellent charity working for wounded forces' veterans, is holding a special fundraising lunch at the Knightsbridge Barracks of the Household Cavalry on Wednesday 4 May 2016.

The lunch will be preceded by a tour of the farrier's workshop, the stables and the Barracks Museum. Booking in advance is essential and to do so, contact Bill Howell on or 07850 373760.

Chalkstream fishing available from the Wessex Rivers Trust

Posted on March 28, 2016

Missed out on the Wild Trout Trust auction ? Read on.....

Kind friends and supporters of Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust have very generously donated some exciting and rarely available fishing days for the Trust to sell in order to raise much needed funds.Many of these fabulous fishing days are on private or club waters - see details below. 

If you would like to buy any of these day, please contact Lee Bush on 01962 676508 or email:

Call of Nature

Posted on March 09, 2016

A group of conservation groups in North West England has made a funny short video highlighting the possible impact on rivers of domestic septic tanks. This appears to be an emerging (and under appreciated) issue for pollution of our rivers.

For example, work at Southampton University is showing significant loads of phosphorous in the River Itchen likely coming from domestic sewage tanks. That phosphorous promotes algal growth much to the detriment of the natural fauna and flora of the river.

See the Call of Nature video at below and website:

Evening talk: Ashdown Forest Stream, E. Sussex, 8 April

Posted on March 04, 2016

An interesting talk will take place on Friday 8th April 2016 at 8pm at Forest Row in East Sussex.

The illustrated talk is about Broadstone stream, Forest Row by Guy Woodward and Alan Hildrew from University of London. Probably the world’s longest running (40 years) continuing detailed study of a stream. A fascinating insight into the effect of environmental changes on the invertebrates and on food chains in this Ashdown Forest Stream

Venue: Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ.”

Finn catchment video

Posted on March 02, 2016

This short video  from the Loughs Agency introduces the aquatic habitats of the Finn catchment in Co Donegal, Ireland. It discusses the interaction between the landscape, landuse and water. Significant catchment impacts and natural processes are highlighted and the concept of integrated catchment management incorporating action is discussed in the context of active partnership development.

Iti s a good summary of the processes and issues that impact the quality of river habitat, relevant to many catchments and rivers.


The story of the River Taff

Posted on February 26, 2016

This is an uplifting story of a river that has recovered from chronic pollution to become a superb fishing river. Watch this excellent three part series on BBC iPlayer.

Will Millard travels from its source in the Brecon Beacons National Park to Merthyr Tydfil, and fishes for wild brown trout in an unlikely location.

Tony Rees, Chairman of the SE Wales Rivers Trust and good friend to the WTT assisted with the making of this mini-series.

Monnow Rivers Association auction

Posted on February 26, 2016

Our good friends of the Monnow Rivers Association are running a fundraising auction to support the fantastic work they do for the Monnow and its’ tributaries. The auction is run on Fly Forum and ends at midnight on 2 March. 

Click here to see the lots and place a bid.

BBC Countryfile programme on flood management

Posted on February 15, 2016

Countryfile on Sunday 14th Feb had a feature on flood management which covered the theme of working with nature.It is well worth watching!  It is good to see a mainstream programme with a large audience (8.6m viewers) putting the case for natural flood management and showing the risks of dredging. 

Click here to see the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

The first section, starting at 7mins in to the programme, looks as the example of the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor where the National Trust has been using a range of techniques to hold water back and slow flows on the River Aller. For a more comprehensive view of the work at Holnicote, see the video below.

Scientific review of recreational fisheries in the UK

Posted on February 11, 2016

A long overdue review of our freshwater and marine recreational fisheries has been compiled and published this month by Dr Ian Winfield, one of the UK's leading fish biologists based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster.

Ian presents an overview of these fisheries by describing their main features using the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, and then considers the threats that they face and the management that has been developed in response. While we at WTT tend to dwell on river habitat issues, Ian reminds us of the problems stillwater fisheries face too, with for example, reference to the scientific research underpinning the improvement of the world renowned Loch Leven trout fishery.

The paper is open access, free to download here:

Wild Trout Trust Demonstration Day, River Welland

Posted on February 08, 2016

The Wild Trout Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, is holding a demonstration of practical habitat improvement techniques for river trout fisheries on Saturday 27th February on the River Welland, Stamford

The day will be led by Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer, Tim Jacklin, and there will be an opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn techniques that can be applied on your own fisheries. All welcome ! 

Click here for more information on the demonstration day.