River Otter Beaver Trial final report

Posted on February 14, 2020

River Otter Beaver Trial final report

Beavers have been breeding on the River Otter in Devon since at least 2015 and have been the subject of intensive study to understand their impacts. The River Otter Beaver Trial Science and Evidence Report has now been published and is available to download here.

Mike Blackmore, formerly WTT Conservation Officer and now working for the Wessex Rivers Trust, sat on the Fisheries Forum for the beaver trial and wrote this article for our journal, Salmo Trutta, in 2019.

More information, including the WTT position paper on beaver-trout interactions, is available on the ‘Predators and Beavers’ library page on our website. The summary paper includes a matrix of postive and negative effects of beaver activity on trout.The Wild Trout Trust position on beavers can be summarised as:

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

Posted on February 13, 2020

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

The judging team agreed that the Living Heritage of the Don project reflected the innovative nature of contemporary urban river restoration, with its blend of technical excellence, partnership working, community engagement, long-term monitoring, and above all fish passage improvement - so that salmon are now reappearing in the post-industrial heart of Sheffield after an absence of 200 years.

The project has received a £2500 donation from the Fario Club supported by Peter Ahluwalia Bellinvest Global Equity Fund together with a sculpture of a kingfisher, the river watcher, cast by reknowed bird sculptor Paul Harvey.

Click here for the full Press Release with details of all the finalists.

EA Report - how your rod licence money is spent

Posted on February 11, 2020

The Environment Agency have published their Fisheries Annual Report for 2018-19 which includes a breakdown of rod licence funding and how that money is spent. Also included are maps of the status of salmon and sea trout rivers for 2019 and the locations of Fisheries Improvement Fund projects.

The Wild Trout Trust is mentioned in the report as some of our work is funded by the rod licence. For a more complete summary of our work in 2018-19, see our annual report here.

Consultation on the Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery

Posted on February 09, 2020

Consultation on the Yorkshire and NE coast drift net sea trout fishery

The EA are running a consultation on whether to extend the season for the Yorkshire and NE coast net sea trout fishery. We would encourage everyone to respond to preserve our sea trout stocks. The consultation closes 21 February 2020.EA consultation details are here.

There are supporting documents which you can download, and the survey can be submitted online or using this document. It is very short – essentially one question.

Our full response is here. This is the first paragraph of our response:

British Fly Fair International - visit us!

Posted on February 06, 2020

Come and visit our stand at the BFFI this weekend. We will be selling some flies tied by the late, great Malcolm Greenhalgh and donated to us by his widow Yvonne. Malcolm was Vice President of the Wild Trout Trust and loved wild trout. 

Suggested minimum donation £10 per pack of flies.

Fishing available

Posted on February 05, 2020

Fishing available

Fishing available:

A number of clubs and fishery owners have contacted us to say that they have fishing available for the coming season:

River Lambourn at Hunts Green near Newbury. Contact Bruce Wheeler on 07950 046696Taw Fishing Club in mid Devon. Ideally local members willing to get involved in river management. Contact info@tawfishingclub.orgRiver Itchen at Easton/Kingsworthy. Contact Usk (lower river). ISCA Angling Club – salmon and trout fishing. sec.isca@gmail.comWiltshire Avon on Salisbury Plain, email: chisenburyfishing@outlook.comRivers Dove,Churnet and Bentley Brook. Leek and District Fly Fishing Association.

Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust CEO

Posted on February 04, 2020

We are very sorry to hear that Martijn Antheunisse, CEO of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust, will be leaving the Trust to return to the Netherlands with his family. His skills and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

The Trust is recruiting a new CEO. Details are here:

Closing date 3 March, interviews will take place w/c 16 March.

New All Wales fishing byelaws come into force

Posted on January 23, 2020

Following a consultation and an Inquiry, new fishery bylaws affecting salmon and sea trout fishing in Wales came into force on 1 January 2020. 

National Resources Wales have issued this press release (extract below). More information is available on the NRW website . 

'New byelaws which will help protect increasingly vulnerable and threatened stocks of salmon and sea trout in rivers wholly in Wales are in place for the 2020 season.

Christmas Raffle Draw

Posted on December 20, 2019

Thank you to everyone that took part in this year’s Annual Draw and to all the donors enabling us to raise a fantastic £5848.

1stprize kindly donated by Sage won by ticket no. 5468 - MG of North Yorkshire

2ndprize kindly donated by the Peacock at Rowsley & Haddon Fisheries won by ticket no. 6018 - SN of Cambridgeshire

We wish you a trouty Christmas…..

Posted on December 19, 2019

It’s a year when we….tramped the river banks from Ireland to East Anglia, Cornwall to Scotland giving advice; demolished yet more weirs, delivered a great bunch of habitat projects from the Aire to the Upper Test, and continued to monitor a few for evidence of change; forged new partnerships and worked with loads of volunteers; revamped our journal; had a tremendous Auction and Annual Get Together; said ‘farewell’ to Mike and Ed and 'welcome' to Bruno and Nick; mourned the loss of some very good friends, fretted over the drought in the South East, the floods in South Yorkshire and low sea trout stocks in Wales; stood up for trout and rivers facing no water, pollution, habitat destruction and netters; celebrated some tremendous winners at the Conservation Awards; launched the Urban Guidelines at a gathering of Trout in the Townies; and enjoyed members fishing weekends on the Wye and the Kennet. 


Many thnaks for all your support thruogh the year. Looking forward to more of the same and better in 2020.

David Bellamy

Posted on December 12, 2019

We are sad to hear that David Bellamy has died, age 86. He was a Wild Trout Trust Vice President and a hugely popular TV presenter and conservationist. He inspired a generation of conservationists with his distinctive presentation and enthusiasm and will be much missed.

Our condolences go to his family.

Challenges and Choices for our water environment.

Posted on December 11, 2019

The ‘Challenges and Choices Consulation’ from the Environment Agency is open now and will close on 24 April 2020. It covers England and includes the Severn and Northumbrian river basins.

The EA say: ‘We are seeking your views on the challenges our waters face and the choices and changes we all need to make to help tackle those challenges.By responding to this consultation you will be helping to shape the management of the water environment.’

The questions are wide-ranging and are set in the context of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. There are 9 sections described as ‘challenges’ and they include water levels and flow, chemicals, physical modification, invasive non-natives, and pollution from plastics, mines, agriculture and rural areas, urban areas and transport and waste-water treatment.

Selling tackle on eBay for WTT

Posted on December 05, 2019

We would like to say ‘thank you’ to Hans Thomsen who, with the help of the Charfield Angling Association has sold fishing tackle to the value of £716.28 on eBay and donated the proceeds to the Wild Trout Trust.

The donation is very much appreciated and will be spent on practical work to improve river habitat.

Selling tackle on eBay, either for a fixed price or by auction, is straightforward and the funds raised can be automatically passed in whole or in part to the Wild Trout Trust. Instructions can be found here:

Movember tribute to Malcolm Greenhalgh

Posted on December 03, 2019

WTT team members have raised £1275 for Movember, a charity which addresses men’s health issues including suicide and prostrate cancer. 5 members of the team grew moustaches during November (and most shaved them off on 1 December!). With the recent death of our much loved Vice President, Malcolm Greenhalgh, and with the agreement of his family, our chaps posed for photos in a Malcolm look-alike pose. None of their whiskers are as luxuriant as his, and the greyness was faked with flour and, in once case, tile grout, but we hope it was an fitting and affectionate tribute to Malcolm nonetheless.

Click the thumbnails below to see the team's whiskers in all their glory.