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Chalk stream water crisis

Posted on June 07, 2019

Hard to believe on this wet Friday that many of our rivers in south east and eastern England are facing a massive water shortage crisis, but it’s absolutely true. The EA’s April 2019 Water Situation Report makes exactly this point, reinforced by what many conservation groups are seeing on the ground, and indicates that the situation may well not improve into the autumn and even maybe spring 2020. A dossier produced by a group of NGOs, including WTT, informs a piece in today’s Times, including a call for action from government; read the tragic tale HERE.

We, and our invaluable chalk streams, are running out of water.

Volunteers needed to control mink in the upper Test and Itchen

Posted on June 04, 2019

Volunteers needed to control mink in the upper Test and Itchen

Do you live near the upper Test or Itchen? Would you like to volunteer to help control mink?

The National Lottery funded Watercress and Winterbournes project is looking for volunteers to help control mink in the Pillhill Brook, the Upper Anton, Bourne Rivulet, Upper Test, Candover Brook, River Arle and Cheriton Stream. The project is a partnership led by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Full training will be given to volunteers.

WTT Members-Only Trout Fishing Weekend at Haddon Hall

Posted on May 28, 2019

WTT Members-Only Trout Fishing Weekend at Haddon Hall

WTT’s trout fishing weekend in Derbyshire is booked for 20 & 21 July 2019, courtesy of the Haddon Estate and its Peacock Fly Fishing Club.

Exclusively available to WTT members and their guests, you’ll get the chance to fish for wild browns, rainbows and grayling on the Wye, Lathkill, Derwent and Bradford, with top local advice to point the way and a free barbeque each day with the riverkeeper. All this for just £50 per rod per day (all of which goes to WTT).

There’s more: you could join WTT’s Gareth Pedley and other rods for an Indian supper on the Saturday evening (you pay your own way), followed by a nocturnal meeting on the river with Stuart Crofts (weather permitting), to sample and talk bugs, especially his beloved sedges. If you’re keen to join us, please contact Christina in the WTT office via office@wildtrout.org or on 023 9257 0985, indicating which day(s) you’d like to fish and whether you’ll join the barbeque, Indian supper and meet with Stuart Crofts. Deadline for bookings is Thursday 11 July 2019.

A tale of two fences

Posted on May 27, 2019

A tale of two fences

This amazing photo (on the Usk, May 2019) illustrates the potential for harm to our rivers from livestock grazing. The bank in the left hand half of the photo has long-since been properly fenced and is stable, protected by vegetation. The bank to the right of the big tree is now fenced but not before sheep have grazed it hard, leading to large-scale erosion and stopping any natural restabilisation.

Wheathampstead River Lee habitat works

Posted on May 27, 2019

Wheathampstead River Lee habitat works

Rob Mungoven, WTT Conservation Officer for the east of England has been assisting the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to deliver new habitat for the River Lee at Wheathampstead. 3 days of hard work with 15 volunteers has seen 30m of new water vole habitat created along the bank, with a brushwood ledge providing a refuge for trout and chub as well as a colourful frontage to the site.  Small projects like these are really good for training volunteers in simple techniques which benefit wildlife in the river and on the banks. 

And a brown trout was seen chasing off chub!

Panorama on Salmon Farming

Posted on May 21, 2019

Panorama on Salmon Farming

Last night’s Panorama (BBC 1, 20 May 2019) considered some of the environmental impacts from salmon farming. Many of the issues raised in the programme were addressed in a report to Scottish Government by its own Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (REC), in November 2018, available here

Sadly, this report (and the Panorama programme) greatly underplayed the potential impact on sea trout populations from salmon aquaculture, highlighted by many scientists, including in WTT’s 2019 Salmo Trutta by Paddy Gargan:A PDF of that article is available here.

Trent Rivers Trust are recruiting

Posted on May 15, 2019

The Trent Rivers Trust is looking for a River Mease Project Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for a competent and enthusiastic individual to take the lead on the delivery of a major capital investment programme for the River Mease. Applicants will need to have experience in developing and delivering environmental projects coupled with strong financial and reporting acumen.

Job Vacancy - WTT Part Time Fundraising Events Officer

Posted on May 07, 2019

Job Vacancy - WTT Part Time Fundraising Events Officer

This role will be in the region of 3 days per week and £18,000 p.a. + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement pro rata 25 days/year + public holidays; initial 12-month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and survival of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us (www.wildtrout.org).

WTT works with a variety of stakeholder groups to further the conservation of wild trout, including NGO’s, fishing clubs, farmers, riparian owners, community groups, academia and government agencies.

WTT journal 2019 - feedback and thanks

Posted on May 07, 2019

WTT journal 2019 - feedback and thanks

We have had fantastic feedback from members about our re-designed annual journal, Salmo Trutta. I would just like to thank Pete Tyjas and the team at Fly Culture. It was Fly Culture that inspired us to change the design, move to matt paper and go with no (or in our case, only two) adverts.I’d also like to thank the contributors, who write such an interesting mix of articles and put up with our demands for copy deadlines and high quality images. And special thanks to Paul Sharman for the cover image. The costs of producing Salmo this year were actually substantially lower than previous years, so it was a good move all round.

Job Vacancy - WTT Conservation Officer

Posted on April 30, 2019

Job Vacancy - WTT Conservation Officer

Job Vacancy - Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer

Salary £25,000 - £30,000 (depending on experience) + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement of 5 weeks/year; initial 24 month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and survival of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us (www.wildtrout.org).

WTT 3 Fly fundraising fishing competition, 15 June 2019

Posted on April 29, 2019

WTT 3 Fly fundraising fishing competition, 15 June 2019

There’s still space to join WTT’s 10th 3 Fly fundraising day at Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire on 15 June. This is a terrific day of fishing and great fun with friends, all in support of WTT. It’s a points-based competition, playing for the top prizes of Sage rods and trophies. Tickets cost £100 for the day, including breakfast, drinks through the day, an excellent lunch and afternoon tea and cakes.

The day commemorates Pasco James, a young man who adored the river Meon and this fishery, who tragically died far too young, in 2010.

Book through the Meon Springs website www.meonsprings.com/bookeo; go to the ‘Events’ tab.

Bad & good news: Mike Blackmore’s migrating…

Posted on April 26, 2019

Bad & good news: Mike Blackmore’s migrating…

We at WTT are sad to report that Mike Blackmore is leaving us, ending his time as our Conservation Officer in the south west. But the good news is that he’s not migrating far, joining the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust as their Head of Project Delivery and Mike’s move will surely strengthen still further the excellent existing partnership between the two trusts.

Mike joined WTT in the spring of 2012 and he has done a simply brilliant job for us, expanding hugely what we do in the south west, with a host of partners who’ve become firm friends. Perhaps most outstanding has been the sheer amount of work Mike’s done in the river; he holds certainly a WTT record (maybe even a world record, who knows) for the most practical days in the river in one calendar month: 21 days in October 2015. He’s contributed massively to making a great many river reaches much better places for their trout and all manner of wildlife and he’s been a fantastic member of the WTT pack.

Mike will finish formally with us at the end of July 2019 but through the autumn will deliver a number of projects that he’s currently got on his books, wearing both his trusty WTT and shiny, new WCSRT hats.

Wild trout conservation and fisheries revival in Wester Ross

Posted on April 25, 2019

A workshop (supported by the WTT) is taking place in the Kinlochewe Village Hall, 30th April 2019, 10am – 4pm. The workshop objective is to review new information and objectives for both the conservation of wild trout diversity and the revival and management of once prolific trout fisheries in Wester Ross and the Isle of Skye.

More information is available here.

The River Restoration Centre, based at Cranfield University, are recruiting!

Posted on April 18, 2019

The RRC are looking for a Science and Technical Officer to lead their involvement in a Citizen Science EU Horizon 2020 project and to participate in the development of tools and techniques for river restoration. The main responsibility is the coordination of a series of river restoration and citizen science case studies across four countries. This will involve communicating, travelling and undertaking the design and implementation of survey tools and techniques in the UK, Italy, Romania and Hungary.

More details here.