Diseased fish samples sought

Posted on April 02, 2013

UDN is a disease mainly affecting wild salmon, sea trout and brown trout. It usually occurs in adult fish returning from the sea and starts as small lesions on the scale-less regions of the fish, mainly the snout, above the eye and on/ above the gill cover. On entry to fresh water lesions ulcerate and may become infected. For further information please click the following link: 

UDN – Ulcerative Dermal Necrosis

UDN occurs in cold water temperatures only and disappears over the summer. The last major outbreak was in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s and caused huge losses in the wild salmon population.

Videos from the Loddon Rivers Week 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013

The South East region Environment Agency's Fisheries team organise an annual Rivers Week where volunteers learn practical skills in river rehabilitation from the experts. These videos show the Wild Trout Trust demonstrating techniques on the Rivers Whitewaterand Blackwater in Hampshire, during the 2013 Rivers Week. The volunteers come from the Angling Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Sparsholt College Hampshire, University of Southampton, ADAS and local anglers.

You may need to click 'refresh' to see the video. 

For more WTT videos, click to go to our video hub

Wild Trout Trust Auction result

Posted on March 24, 2013

The Wild Trout Trust auction on eBay, which closed on March 14th , was a resounding success, with just under £55,000 raised. The money will be used help fund the Trust’s work to provide practical advice to fishing clubs and landowners to improve habitat for wild trout and sea trout.

Director Shaun Leonard said:

We are absolutely delighted by the response to the auction. My sincere thanks to the donors of the lots and to the purchasers who have won outstanding fishing for wild trout and a host of other species.

Tyne sea trout recaptured off Dutch coast.

Posted on March 22, 2013

Sea run brown trout stocks are under greater strain than their river dwelling counterparts (click here for more information).

A sea trout orignially tagged in the Tyne has been recaptured off the Dutch coast, only a dozen or so out of 1885 sea trout tagged on the Tyne have thus far been recaptured. To view the story, click here.

Recruiting for a new position at the WTT:Trust Secretary

Posted on March 19, 2013

The WTT is seeking an individual to assist the WTT Director in the preparation of the annual business plan and budget and monitoring the progress of our various projects among other general administrative tasks.

This post is a part time (initially 2 days per week, reducing to approx 4 hours per week), 12 month contract with a salary of approximately £5000 p/a.

Expressions of interest should reach us by 5pm on 22.4.13; short-listed candidates will be contacted with details of any interview process. For more information, please click on the bold green link below:

WTT Trust Secretary

IUCN classify sonaghen trout as a separate species

Posted on March 18, 2013

The status of different brown trout strains, particularly those of the Irish Loughs, has been a source of contentious debate in the fisheries science world since the early seventies. For a more detailed understanding of this debate as it applies to ferox trout, view the WTT's ferox page by clicking here.

Recently, the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has reclassified sonaghen trout as a species in it's own right. This would have significant consequences for the conservation of brown trout allowing targeted conservation efforts aimed at particularly endangered species.

To view the IUCN sonaghen page, click here.

Lincolnshire Wolds website

Posted on March 15, 2013

The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB website has recenlty been revamped. The wolds are home to some pristine chalkstreams which hold good populations of wild brown trout. For more information, click the link below.

The WTT has carried out a number of AVs and projects in Lincolnshire. To view advisory visits in Lincolnshire, click on the projects map.

Link: Lincolnshire Chalk Streams

New study on migratory fish and bird predation

Posted on March 11, 2013

A recent study has found that migratory fish are less susceptible to predation by piscivorous birds like cormorants. The study involved partially migratory populations of roach and suggests that winter migrations from still waters to rivers and streams make roach safer from predation. This adds weight to the arguments that good quality habitat and connectivity are vital for healthy fish populations. For WTT advice on habitat restoration and connectivity measures, click here.

To view a free abstract click here.

Wester Ross Fisheries Trust & Mayfly in the Classroom

Posted on March 04, 2013

The Winter issue of the Wester Sutherland Fisheries Trust Newsletter is out. The newsletter features a news item on the recent Mayfly in the Classroom (MiC) workshop held in Morayshire by the WTT.

A number of the Fisheries Trusts will trialling MiC in Scotland which is a first for the programme.

If you are interested in holding similar workshops in your area, please contact the trust at

Annual Get Together June 8 & 9, Devon

Posted on February 26, 2013

Annual Get Together June 8 & 9, Devon

The Annual Get Together will take place on the banks of the River Dart, 8 & 9 June at the Dartmoor Training Centre, Princetown, Devon. This event is open to members and non members of the WTT.

Full details including booking form, click here.

The programme outline is:

New Anglers Biosecurity Video with Stuart Crofts

Posted on February 21, 2013

Following on from his article and radio programme, Stuart Crofts has teamed up with Fly Fishing  Lessons TV to make a video explaining how anglers, angling clubs/associations and everyone who is involved in the world of angling can help to protect our waters from the endless threats posed by invasive non-native species (INNS) in Great Britain.

This advice is really simple and straightforward - follow it !  Click here to see the video.

For further information on INNS, please see the INNS section in the WTT library (click here to be redirected)

Wild Trout Trust videos featured on Fish and Fly

Posted on February 16, 2013

The first of a series of articles by Paul Gaskell is now available on ‘Fish and Fly’.  Each month, Paul will be selecting one of the WTT videos that are now available on the WTT website.

These videos are designed to inspire, inform and guide anyone who is interested in understanding and improving trout habitat.

All the videos are available on our Video Hub – click here.

New South East Rivers Trust formed

Posted on February 14, 2013

The announcement today of the formation of the South East Rivers Trust, as an extension to the highly successful Wandle Trust, is excellent news and we look forward to working with them. 

The Wild Trout Trust has worked with the Wandle Trust for many years, and they were the inspiration behind the WTT’s ‘Trout in the Town’ programme. We are also active in supporting habitat improvement in Kent , most recently on the Stour at Godinton Park (click here for more information). 

Press ReleaseRiver restoration partners announce formation of new South East Rivers Trust

The Wandle Trust, The Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are delighted to announce the formation of the new South East Rivers Trust to help engage communities with conservation and restoration of their local rivers across Kent and south east England.

Crayfish threat hits Cumbria

Posted on February 06, 2013

A discovery has been made of a population of North American Signal Crayfish in the River Eden in Carlisle.

This is the first reported incidence of signals in Cumbria. For the ITV news report, click here