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




Thursday, 30th May 2013

Brown trout and Atlantic salmon are known to interbreed in the wild and produce hybrid offspring (a 2005 study found that 18.48% of juvenile Atlantic salmon in a Lake District stream were trout/salmon hybrids.)  

A study has just been published demonstrating that genetically modified salmon can breed with wild brown trout, passing on their GM genes. They also produced faster growing hybrids that out-competed wild salmon, albeit in a laboratory environment. To read the study, click the link below:

Oke et al, 2013


Tuesday, 28th May 2013

The Charter for Chalk Streams was launched at an event held on the over abstracted River Beane in Hertfordshire on May 23rd.  The Charter follows on from a special summit last December. Chalk streams are recognised as a unique global asset providing a pristine environment for wildlife with rich clean water and high quality habitat. Some 85% of the worlds chalk streams are located in England and many in and around London have almost disappeared in normal weather conditions. Only a handful receives the high levels of protection that their conservation status requires.

The Charter is calling for a range of measures, including the introduction of compulsory water metering to reduce waste and cut unsustainable abstractions. The demands include:

  • A national designation of all chalk streams as Special Areas of Conservation
  • Reform of National Planning Rules to allow for meaningful objection to developments on grounds of lack of water resources
  • A primary duty on the water regulator Ofwat to promote environmental sustainability
  • Compulsory water metering and a national education campaign to reduce water demand
  • Less reliance on groundwater sources and clear targets for replacing aquifer abstraction with surface supply and storage.

The Angling Trust, Salmon and Trout Association and WWF are leading the lobbying effort to address the fundamental issue of water resource for chalk streams, supported by many organisations  including the WTT, Rivers Trusts and Wildlife Trusts.

The Wild Trout Trust provides advice and practical habitat improvement projects on chalk streams from the tiny Lincolnshire chalkstreams to the famous fisheries of the Test, Itchen and Avon. Guidance on habitat management for chalk streams can be found in the WTT’s Chalk Stream Habitat Manual, available to download as a series of PDF’s (click here) or to purchase as a CD, price £10.00 (click here).

Some examples of our work on chalk streams include running a 'Habitat Masterclass' on the River Chess (click here) and a project to improve habitat on the Upper Itchen (case study video - click here).


Friday, 10th May 2013

Natural England have released funding for invasive speciescontrol onthe River Axe. Funding will support local coordinators in East Devon/West Dorset to organise catchment based removal of Himalayan balsam. However, volunteers are needed, interested individuals should contact John Bell at (rewards may be available).



Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Two new videos with WTT Conservation Officer Paul Gaskell, aimed at fishing clubs and syndicates, are below (click refresh if the video frame does not appear).
For more advice on stocking farmed fish, please contact your local WTT Conservation Officer. Phone numbers and email addresses are here.
More information and advice on stocking is available on the website - click here.

The first film discusses how to manage your trout population in the river, to get the best value for money from the fish that you stock as well as helping your wild trout population.


Our advice to clubs who feel they need to stock farmed fish to overcome poor habitat or to support catch and kill angling is: 

  • Make adult habitat as good as possible in order to retain stock fish on your reach
  • Use marked sterile (triploid) stock fish
  • Set realistic numbers for stocking – no more than 1 fish per 50m2 of total river area.  
  • Stock small batches of fish frequent intervals.
  • Have designated stocked areas that cater for members who wish to catch and kill fish
  • Maintain catch and release, wild fish only reserve sections
  • Remove as many stock fish as possible at the end of the season. Do not feed fish over winter.
  • Team up with other clubs on your river and have a ‘joined up’ stocking policy

The second film explains why stocking your river with fertile farmed fish does not help to boost the population of wild trout, and how stopping stocking (even after hundreds of years) will help wild populations to recover.





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