Tuesday, 6th August 2013

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Peter Lapsley, journalist, author and fisherman.

Peter was a tremendous supporter of the WTT, and will be very much missed.

Wednesday, 31st July 2013


Face the Facts programme ‘Sold Down the River’ focuses on paying the price for cheap water and the Charter for Chalk Streams

Tune in and Face the Facts

Face the Facts  broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and the ’Sold Down the River’ programme goes out on July 31st at 12.30 PM and August 4th at 9PM. However, like most BBC radio programmes it is available on BBC iPlayer so please share this link with anyone you think might be interested or who is in a position to make a difference.

Click here to be redirected to the programme. 

Monday, 29th July 2013

Much like the miners’ canaries of yesteryear, birds are once again warning of potentially damaging substances in the former South Wales coalfield. 

Whereas deep miners once carried caged canaries to warn of suffocating gases, today’s equivalent comes from detailed chemical analysis of pollutant residues in the eggs of wild birds such as the dipper. These thrush-sized birds are the world’s only song-birds to feed directly on river insects and they have proven to be excellent indicators of river health.

Research* carried by scientists at the School of Biosciences shows that dipper eggs along urban South Wales rivers contain some pollutants at levels, on average, over four times greater than in adjacent rural rivers and are among the highest ever found in songbirds. 

The pollutants – such as PCBs and PBDEs – can persist in the environment for long periods and are among those believed to contribute to hormonal irregularities and abnormal development in fish. 

Some of these pollutants are a legacy of past industrial activity but others, such as PBDEs – widely used as flame retardants in building, industrial and domestic materials – might still be increasing. 

This work is important in showing that such substances can find their way into water, particularly near towns and cities, and accumulate in river wildlife. 


Full story here.

Thursday, 25th July 2013

The WTT’s very own Mike Blackmore is participating in the Tough Mudder South West event in September and raising funds for the WTT through sponsorship.Click here for more information on Mike's epic challenge.
Mike has already started his training, running several miles a day and will commence hill and gorge running/climbing in August.

Please sponsor Mike and spread the word !
Donations can be made by text (text TWTT62 £1 to 700070 to sponsor Mike a quid or TWTT62 £5 for a donation of five pounds).
He also has a Just Giving page here.

All proceeds will go to the WTT to support our practical habitat project work. 


Thursday, 18th July 2013


Tim Jacklin of the Wild Trout Trust spent a day In July with the Cain and Tanat Valleys River Group on the Afon Cain at Llanfyllin, Powys, providing training in bank revetment techniques using locally sourced brushwood.  The day was organised by Lisa Barlow of the Severn Rivers Trust .  The River Group are working on a project to reduce sedimentation in the river to protect spawning salmonids by reducing bank erosion and this training will help towards that goal.  For more information and to get involved contact Lisa Barlow via the Severn Rivers Trust website.

Click here for a selection of the WTT's free, online advice.   Click here for the Severn Trent website

Wednesday, 17th July 2013

The annual 3 fly competition held at Meon Springs in Hampshire has raised £2,400 for the Wild Trout Trust.  A fantastic result!

The winner was Dave King of the John  Lewis Partnership Fly Fishing Club. He takes home a Sage rod asDave King wins 3 fly 2013 first prize as well as an engraved glass tankard. Tim Kennard took second place and Neil Mundy (pictured below) came third.

Our thanks go particularly to Neil Mundy who invented the competition and organises the day from breakfast bacon sandwiches to prize giving.  Our thanks also to all the competitors who took part in the event, to Meon Springs who were the excellent hosts,  and to Sage for the rod as first prize.

The funds go into the Pasco James fund, which supports advice and projects in the Meon Valley in Hampshire. For more information,  click here.

The competition will be run again on Sat June 21st 2014. For more details, contact Neil Mundy on


Neil Mundy at Meon Springs

Monday, 15th July 2013

The Summer Moray Firth Trout Initiative newsletter is out and features a piece on Mayfly in the Classroom, the result of a MiC training course delivered by the WTT in February.

View the newsletter by clicking here.
Click here for more information on the WTT's Mayfly in the Classroom programme, or contact  Ben Tyser :


Wednesday, 19th June 2013

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project (LCSP) is looking for volunteers to monitor riverflies on Lincolnshire's chalk streams. Funding is in place to provide a specialist trainer to train volunteers on the necessary survey techniques and identification of riverflies. Volunteers will be supplied with; life jacket, waders, first aid kit and the monitoring equipment needed. A handbook will be provided to each volunteer on the training day.

Training days:  Friday 30th August 2013 or Saturday 31st August 2013

Location:  Aby village hall, with practical work in the Great Eau between Belleau and Aby

Time:  9.30am – 5pm

If you would like to volunteer and can attend one of the volunteer days please book a place by contacting the LCSP Project Officer by email: or phone: 01507 609740.  Places are limited.


Tuesday, 18th June 2013

Dr. Cyril Bennett, a pioneer of riverfly monitoring in the voluntary sector, has been awarded an MBE for his services to conservation. Cyril first became involved with riverfly monitoring in the 1980s on the Hampshire Wey; his expertise in aquatic entomology is now globally recognised. Aquatic invertebrate monitoring is carried out by volunteers across the UK, making a real contribution to river conservation. Many congratulations to Cyril from all at WTT for this genuine recognition of his life's work.

Monday, 10th June 2013

Spreading the knowledge about how to manage river habitat is a really great way to ensure that more rivers are improved for the benefit of wild trout and all wildlife in the river and on the banks.
Mike Blackmore, WTT Conservation Officer, has just completed a series of seven  workshops in the Middlesex and Hertfordshire area, funded and supported by the Environment Agency (Nancy Young and Rob Pearson).

Each day, a group of 20 participants were given hands on experience of a whole range of river management and habitat improvement tasks, including installing large and coarse woody debris, creating flow deflectors, cover logs and making brash bundles to  narrow the channel.  In between the hard work in the river, Mike explained the principles behind the activities.

Discussions over lunch included the process for getting permission for a project, and water saving ideas - a key message in this area of over abstracted chalk streams - and Allan Beechey of the Chilterns Chalkstreams Project took a kick sample of invertebrates and explained the Riverfly Monitoring programme. 

 making faggot bundles on the River Gade

 'I shall most certainly put the knowledge gained to good use on the stretches of river controlled by my club'

 Participants included members of local volunteer conservation groups, Wildlife Trust staff, EA Ops Delivery teams and fishing clubs. Feedback suggests that everyone enjoyed their day, and more importantly, many people are now planning more sympathetic maintenance as well as habitat improvement projects on their local river. The WTT will continue to support them with reference materials, ‘how to’ videos (click here) and follow on advice for project planning and delivery

Team at work on the River Ver

 'I still can't get over just how quickly the river flow was changing after our cutting and building. The "trout" guys obviously know exactly what they are doing.'
The first of these sessions was run on the River Chess in October 2012 (click here for details), and the success of this day inspired the sessions on the Ver, Gade and Colne.  Funding permitting, we hope to run many more of these days. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mike Blackmore at mblackmore@wildtrout.orgNarrowing the river Gade




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