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Director's Christmas Message

Posted on January 20, 2012

2011 highlights for me? The meeting of the Trout in the Town groups on the Wandle in February, the e-bay and Flyfishers Club auctions, the brilliant WTT annual gathering on the Monnow, some really good collaborative work with the Angling Trust, Atlantic Salmon Trust, Fishmongers Company, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and Salmon & Trout Association, agreeing three more years of AVs & PVs funded by EA, getting Gareth Pedley as a Conservation Officer in a really neat collaboration with Eden Rivers Trust, the Game Fair at Blenheim, the 2011 WTT Conservation Awards, Simon Johnson returning and Gary Mantle joining as WTT trustees and so much day-to-day contact with existing and prospective WTT members.

This bit of feedback from a recipient of a Practical Visit last week on the Gloucestershire Coln says a great deal of what WTT is about:I had not appreciated what the Wild Trout Trust was capable of but now know that there is a professional and expert body which one can turn to for both advice and practical assistance. If only I had known this years earlier then the river might not have slipped into such a bad state.

What's maybe even more exciting is what 2012 holds for us. We'll launch a really fresh-looking Wild Trout Survival Guide penned by Vaughan Lewis, the habitat film starring WTT Vice President Jon Beer, a series of short, hugely practical "how to" videos (made with Fish On Productions) and advisory sheets on river habitat enhancement and, as a hub for all this and a wealth of other info on wild trout and river conservation, we will (finally) have our new website. All this is icing on the cake that is the Conservation Officers continuing to get out there and working with clubs and landowners to make life better for our wild trout. There will be plenty more, so watch our various WTT spaces in the ether. Can't wait.

WTT Trout & Salmon magazine articles

Posted on January 15, 2012

If you missed the recent Trout Talk series of articles in Trout and Salmon magazine written by the WTT's own Dr. Paul Gaskell, you can read them here.  Click on the links below to see the articles in pdf format (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):

2011 Annual Raffle Results

Posted on January 11, 2012

The WTT would like to thank The Peacock at Rowsley, Sage, Orvis and Gresham Angling & Edward Twiddy for so generously donating this year's raffle prizes. Thank you also to everyone that purchased tickets and helped us to raise over £4000 towards our conservation projects.

The winners are:

1st prize: Malcolm Bond, Trowbridge

Help the WTT by shopping online

Posted on January 02, 2012

Does the thought of crowded shopping centres brings you out in a cold sweat? Me too! That's why I do most of my shopping online. If you are like-minded then read on and find out how you can benefit the Wild Trout Trust without it costing you a penny.

Simply by accessing your chosen online retailer via this link will mean that the Wild Trout Trust receives a small donation. So save the link in your favourites and use it next time you shop!

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wildtrout

River Glaven Project gets CPRE Norfolk Award

Posted on January 02, 2012

Tim Jacklin represented the Wild Trout Trust at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk Awards in Norwich on 17th November. The river habitat project completed at Hunworth on the River Glaven in August 2010 was amongst 18 winners of awards for projects that have protected or enhanced the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of the Norfolk countryside or coastline.

Chair of Judges, Martin Walton, highlighted the partnership project which involved the Stody Estate (landowner), River Glaven Conservation Group, Environment Agency, Prof. Richard Hey, Wild Trout Trust, CEFAS and studies by students at University College London.  Details of the project have previously been published in the Wild Trout Trust newsletter.

In his address, CPRE National President, Bill Bryson, praised all the award recipients for their positive contributions to the Norfolk countryside and coastline. More details of the awards can be found on the CPRE Norfolk website.