Tuesday, 2nd April 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.

If any members recognize the early signs of the disease, photographs can be sent to Sandra Schlittenhardt at to assist with an ongoing Phd at Stirling University. 

Any members wishing to help sample fish can also get in touch for instruction on how to do so.



Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

The Wild Trout Trust and SITA Trust issued this joint press release today: 

Funding boost to improve wildlife habitat on the River Great Stour at Godinton, Kent.

A group of conservationists from the Stour Valley in Kent are today celebrating the news that it has received a £24,806 funding boost from SITA Trust to carry out improvements to the wildlife habitat of the River Great Stour at Godinton Park.

Stour at Godinton

The river is currently a dredged and heavily modified channel with poor quality habitat for wildlife. 

The project will re-create a more varied river channel which will support a healthy environment for fish, insects, plants and birds as well as providing greater resilience to periods of flood and drought. The grant will fund the materials and machinery for the project, allowing the Wild Trout Trust staff and volunteers to carry out the work.
This project is a partnership between the Wild Trout Trust, Godinton House Preservation Trust, the Upper Stour Restoration Group, the Kent Countryside Partnership, the Environment Agency and SITA Trust.

Paul Bates, project coordinator for the Upper Stour Restoration Volunteers, said:

 ‘Important conservation work at the local community level is not possible without external financial backing, specialist expertise from charities such as the Wild Trout Trust and the commitment of local volunteers & supporters. All these elements are essential to get a project started & successfully completed. We are therefore extremely appreciative of the very generous funding provided by the SITA Trust’.

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for available that enhance communities and enrich nature

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit

SITA Trust

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,300 projects to a combined value of over £93 million.

Enhancing Communities - SITA Trust funding enhances communities in England, Scotland and Wales by supporting community driven projects to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Enriching Nature - SITA Trust funding enriches nature by supporting biodiversity conservation projects in England and Wales

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

SITA Trust receives its funding through HM Government’s Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is donated by SITA UK, one of the nation’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Any rubbish that is thrown away and cannot be reused ends up in a landfill site. Operators of landfill sites collect tax on each tonne of landfill for HM Treasury. The purpose of this tax is to make it more expensive to put waste into landfill, in turn encouraging us to reduce our waste and recycle more.

A small proportion of this tax can be used to support a wide range of environmental projects near landfill sites, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Through the LCF over £1 billion has been invested in UK projects. SITA Trust  is part of the LCF, which  is regulated on behalf of HM Government’s Revenue & Customs by ENTRUST. For further information, please visit

Thursday, 28th March 2013

River West Dart

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:

Saturday morning: a number of talks to include a round-up of WTT’s year, case studies and plans for the future;  catchment liming by Dylan Bright, Director of the West Country Rivers Trust; results to date from research at Stirling University on triploid brown trout research, and confessions of a one, one river fisherman by Nigel Ash oft he WTT and Dart Angling Association.

Saturday afternoon: a talk on 'invasive monsters' by Mike Clough followed by a walk along Dartmoor river reaches.

Evening: informal supper at the Dartmoor Training Centre, a talk on 'Fantastic Fishers' by Mark Everard and an 

opportunity to share a drink to chat fish, and fishing, plus an auction.

Sunday: Opportunities to fish the glorious River Dart and its tributaries on Dartmoor for a special concessionary rate of £5.00.

For more information on the Centre, click here:





Monday, 25th March 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

Day 1, with an introduction from Martin Salter of the Angling Trust:



Day 2, narrated by Andy Thomas of the WTT






Sunday, 24th March 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.

 I must too thank all those involved with the non-fishing lots: the rod-makers, fly tiers, book writers, painters, plane fliers, shooters, stalkers and farmers who have added so richly to the success. A thought too for the many who bid but did not win - thank you and please try again in 2014. Wild brownies, sea trout and their habitat across the UK will be the beneficiaries of all your generosity!    

Anyone who would like to donate a lot, or receive a copy of auction catalogue in March 2014 should contact Denise Ashton at

If you would like to see the 2013 auction catalogue and auction lots map, click here.

Friday, 22nd March 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.

Tuesday, 19th March 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

Monday, 18th March 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.

Friday, 15th March 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

Monday, 11th March 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.

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