'Demon shrimp' discovered in the UK

Posted on October 05, 2012

'Demon shrimp' discovered in the UK

The shrimp Dikerogammarus haemobaphes is closely related to the 'killer shrimp' found in Grafham water. It has been found on the RIver Severn at Tewkesbury and Bevere near Worcester as well as two canals in Worcestershire.

Shortly after the discovery was reported to the EA, populations were discovered on the Stafforshire and Worcestershire canal, the sites are spread over a distance of 38km.

The shrimps is known to be invasive in mainland Europe and the EA and Canal & Rivers Trust are urging all water users to help slow the spread of this invasive species by helping to publicize the 'Check, Clean, Dry' campaign (see

Wild Trout Trust and Predation in Fisheries

Posted on October 03, 2012


A number of animal species predate wild trout - mammals (e.g. otter, mink), birds (e.g. cormorants, sawbill ducks) and other fish (e.g. pike, larger trout). Predation is just one of a complex of factors impacting on wild trout populations; for many populations the effects of unsympathetic land use, poor in-river habitat, low water quality and water quantity and poor river management regimes will be of greater significance.

WTT recognises that predation can be problematical for fish populations and for fishery interests. Since the 1970’s, there has been an increase in the inland over-wintering population of cormorants and an increase in the geographical range of goosanders, though there is evidence in 2012 that cormorant numbers have stabilised or even slightly decreased.

Mayfly in the Classroom in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying

Posted on September 12, 2012

The October edition of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying (on sale now) contains an article by Peter Lapsley with the title:'Catching them Young : How classrooms are being used to spread the word about life in our rivers'The article includes a description of Mayfly in the Classroom and how this simple and low cost teaching aid can bring ecology to life in the classroom. 

Ben Tyser, latest recruit to the WTT, is working on expanding the number of schools involved and can provide training for teachers and ready made packs for raising mayflies.

 If your local school is interested in taking part, please contact him on

Restoration project on St James Leat, River Exe

Posted on August 24, 2012

Restoration project on St James Leat, River Exe

The Leat is important an important fishery and has the potential to be fantastic habitat for wildlife, both in the river and on the banks. A project is being developed & planned by the WTT to carry out some improvements to the habitat to help the Leat achieve its potential as a place for wildlife and for people to enjoy.

This project uses tried and tested techniques and closely involves both Devon Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. The project is also supported by Exeter City Council

Ben Tyser joins as new Research & Engagement Officer

Posted on August 14, 2012

Ben Tyser joins as new Research & Engagement Officer

The WTT has appointed Ben Tyser to the post of Research & Engagement Officer. Ben will be responsible for developing the education programme for the WTT, including Mayfly in the Classroom, and collating and disseminating the science based research that guides the WTT's work. Ben is an ecology post graduate from the university of East Anglia with fisheries management experience in Africa & the UK where he previously worked for the River Forth Fisheries Trust on invasive species catchment management.

Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project wins Bowland Award

Posted on July 25, 2012

Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project wins Bowland Award

The Wild Trout Trust has for many years supported the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project (LCSP), so we are delighted to see that project has recently won the Bowland Award.

Presenting the award, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) Chairman, Cllr Peter Stevens said “The LCSP is a very worthy winner of the Bowland Award and it is fitting that this year’s  recipient is a project that has contributed an outstanding environmental contribution to the well-being of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB actively promoting and delivering landscape-scale conservation through partnership working. I congratulate them on their achievements”.

Click here for the Press Release.

Ruth Snelson, LCSP Project Officer, receives the Bowland Award

Special Offer for WTT Members! Peak District Wild Trout Fishing at Ladybower Reservoir Complex

Posted on July 19, 2012

Special Offer for WTT Members! Peak District Wild Trout Fishing at Ladybower Reservoir Complex

As a special experiment, the well-known Ladybower reservoir fisheries will open up special day ticket access to WTT members to fish their two “wild” waters (Derwent and Howden reservoirs) during the remainder of the 2012 trout season. These waters have never been stocked and contain a very healthy head of self-sustaining wild brown trout that breed in a network of inlet streams.  Fish of around half a pound are abundant – with much larger specimens seen spawning each year! Imitative fishing close to the shoreline with both dry flies and subsurface patterns is highly effective – offering a wild upland stillwater experience close to the centre of England that is more usually associated with mountainous areas of Scotland, Ireland, Wales or the Lake District. The fishing will be 100% catch and release using barbless hooks with fish handling (wetted hands only) kept to a minimum.

The initial trial will offer day tickets (maximum of 10 per week to guarantee solitude and light angling pressure) to WTT supporters who present their membership details at the fishery office. Prices are £10 for WTT members and £15 for non-members. In addition, it is hoped that a small and dedicated syndicate will be developed in future to augment the day ticket opportunities offered to travelling members of the WTT.  With a combined shoreline length of almost 14 km there is plenty of opportunity to get away from it all and find your own pod of feeding trout in glorious surroundings.  Anyone wishing to be considered for the syndicate should register their interest in one of two ways:

  • When purchasing a day ticket
  • By direct contact to the Ladybower Fisheries staff by phone 01433 659712 or email

WTT short video of habitat improvement on the Wandle now available

Posted on July 16, 2012

The first of a series of videos demonstrating habitat enhancement techniques is now available on the website.Click here to view.


Paul Gaskell of the Wild Trout Trust is working with professional video company Fish On Productions to create a series of short videos that capture the work of the WTT. This first video describes the techniques used during a Practical Visit with the Wandle Trust.

CLA Game Fair cancelled

Posted on July 13, 2012

The CLA Game Fair has been cancelled due to the weather and the resulting conditions at the site at Belvoir Castle. 

The WTT Game Fair team are sad that we will miss meeting all our friends and supporters, but look forward to seeing you next year if not before.  

Three Fly Challenge at Meon Springs raises £1,800 for the WTT

Posted on July 03, 2012

Three Fly Challenge at Meon Springs raises £1,800 for the WTT

Three Fly Challenge 2012, Meon Springs Trout Fishery, Hampshire

An extremely successful WTT fundraising event was held at Meon Springs Trout Fishery in June 2012, raising over £1800 for WTT practical projects. Eighteen anglers competed for the top prize of a Sage Z-Axis rod and a beautifully engraved glass tankard, with the eventual winner being Ron Wilder, a conservation volunteer on the Sussex Rother (and obviously top angler!). Ron’s final and winning fish was taken five minutes before that of runner-up, Steve Smith!

Three Fly Challenge 2012 winner Ron Wilder (middle) claims his top prize of a Sage rod and engraved glass tankard from Harriet Poland and WTT Director, Shaun Leonard.

The event was excellently organised again by WTT volunteer Neil Mundy and the fishery was in tip-top form, thanks to the work of the staff at Meon Springs. Prizes were presented by Mrs. Harriet Poland, mother of Pasco James, a twenty-two year-old, mad-keen trout fisher and conservationist who so tragically died in February 2010. The monies raised go into a Pasco James Fund, from which WTT can draw for practical projects on the Meon. Last year, in partnership with the Environment Agency and local residents, we completed some habitat enhancement work on the river in the village of Meonstoke, improving marginal habitat and opening access to several kilometres of river by installing an easement on a weir. More details of this project are available here.

Massive thanks to Neil Mundy, all at Meon Springs Trout Fishery, the anglers who supported the day and to Sage rods for the generous, ongoing sponsorship of WTT. The date for the 2013 Three Fly Challenge is already set for Saturday 22 June 2013 – watch the website or contact the WTT office for details.

If you would like to run a similar fundraising event in your patch, Neil Mundy has kindly produced for WTT a ‘how to’ guide – contact Denise Ashton on



The easement in Meonstoke, easing passage for fish to several kilometres of upstream habitat  – one product of funds raised in the Three Fly Challenge 2011.


British Fly Fair International

Posted on July 01, 2012

British Fly Fair International

The WTT enjoyed a successful British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th June.  Some new members joined the Trust and old acqauintances were renewed, plus it was a great chance to stock up on all those bits of fly-tying and fishing equipment.  We had a joint stand with the Riverfly Partnership, manned by the irrepressible Stuart Crofts, whose infectious enthusiasm for aquatic bugs kept a steady stream of people enthralled.

New Job with WTT

Posted on May 25, 2012

We have a brilliant job opportunity and are seeking a dynamic, self-starter to join the team as a Conservation Engagement Officer.

See the advert HERE

and the job description HERE

WTT stocking position statement published

Posted on May 24, 2012

The Wild Trout Trust has published a position statement relating to the introduction of trout (stocking).  It sets out our understanding of the issues relating to stocking and its impacts upon wild trout populations, based upon a review of published scientific studies and consultation with our advisory panel of experts.  The statement also includes practical advice on stocking practices to minimise the risks to wild trout.

The document is available on our website in the Library section, on the trout stocking page.