Thursday, 3rd August 2017

The Environment Agency seeks four new members for its Board, a good opportunity for a suitably-qualified WTT supporter strategically to influence the future protection of the environment in England.

More information on the website here  also  download this PDF.

Closing date for applications 11 September 2017. 

Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Dr Cyril Bennett and the Salmon & Trout Conservation Trust UK have produced some excellent pictorial guides to help identify two invasive freshwater shrimp species: the killer and the demon shrimp.

The killer shrimp guide includes a photo of a juvenile and illustrates how easily this invader can be inadvertently spread by anglers, boaters and so on. A timely reminder on biosecurity: Check, Clean, Dry!

These guides, a more comprehensive but very simple key from the Freshwater Biological Association covering the majority of invasive shrimp and isopods (both here and on the horizon), and more on biosecurity can be found on the WTT website:

Friday, 21st July 2017

The Wild Trout Trust is currently seeking an additional Director (Trustee) to join its Board of Directors. We are particularly interested in an individual in possession of significant professional communications and marketing experience, and who would be able to use this to provide strategic direction to the WTT’s communications activities.

The role entails attending four Board meetings per year in London plus preparation for meetings (proposing agenda items and reading Board papers including accounts, budget, business plan, and reports). Trustees are also encouraged to attend other WTT events, in particular the Annual Conservation Awards (October) and the Annual Get-Together (May/June). In addition, Trustees are expected to undertake Board activities between meetings remotely. An indicative time commitment over and above the four days of meetings is four further days. The post is unpaid, although reasonable travel expenses are recoverable.

Please apply by letter with a CV. Applications should be sent to: The Wild Trout Trust via: Your application should address:

  • your skills knowledge and experience relevant to the role;
  • how you can contribute to the success of the Wild Trout Trust, recognising our charitable articles (see, and specifically the opportunities and needs in relation to communications and promotion of the Trust;
  • your ability to operate as part of a Board of Directors, with diplomacy and in accordance with good governance and avoiding conflicts of interest.

For an informal discussion, please contact WTT Chairman, David Fraser,
via: or 07812 983776.

Tuesday, 18th July 2017

"River beds are dry, wildlife is suffering, but no one has come close to mentioning a drought. What’s going on?"

Many of you will be painfully aware of the plight of groundwater-fed rivers in the southern half of England; after a particularly dry winter, they are notable by their absence. Their plight is highlighted in a recent article by Catherine Moncrieff, Freshwater Programme and Policy Manager, WWF-UK, available here. Read how and why the Blueprint for Water coalition are lobbying the Government and water companies.

On the WTT blog, Jess Picken has just provided us with a timely update from her PhD research - she is starting to reveal just how markedly the invertebrate (riverfly) community may be affected by even relatively short periods of low flow. Robust, experimental evidence like this is crucial for organisations like WWF and the Blueprint for Water team to include in their arguments. See the original outline of her PhD project, here.



Monday, 17th July 2017

The Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust have some fishing days to sell to raise money for their valuable work on these iconic chalk streams. Details are below.

If you would like to purchase a day (or more) please contact Lee Bush at


Location and description

Minimum price


A day on the Test at Wherwell for two rods sharing a beat to be taken after the June weed-cut (weed cut ends 19/6/17). Catch limit 6 trout.


Beat 4 at Wherwell on the Test on a date tbc for 2 rods. Catch limit 6 trout.



One day for 2 rods (fishing together) for trout and grayling on any of the Piscatorial Society waters on the River Avon, Itchen, Test or Wylye, excluding the Grange Estate beats on the Itchen. This is some of the best chalk stream fishing and is very rarely available to non-members. Upstream dry fly or unweighted nymph, catch and release. Other rods may be fishing at the same time. July onwards, 2017 season. 


1 day for 2 rods on the Fulling Mill Fishery on the Itchen near Easton, Hampshire. Dry fly fishing for wild trout – catch and release only. Please contact Mrs Pearce for more details re dates.


1 day for 2 rods on the Fulling Mill Fishery on the Itchen near Easton, Hampshire. Dry fly fishing for wild trout – catch and release only. Please contact Mrs Pearce for more details re dates.



A rare opportunity for non-members to fish for trout on the Salisbury and District Angling Club waters during the Mayfly. 1 day for 2 rods. Beats on Rivers Avon, Wylye, Nadder, Bourne and Ebble. Dates may include weekends, by arrangement.


A day for 2 rods on the Longford Estate fishery (game or coarse) on a date to be agreed with the river keeper.



Something completely different. One days guided fishing with Jon Bass – WCSRT’s Scientific Officer - in deepest Dorset to catch your first carp. All tackle and bait can be provided. Requirements: a car, light comfortable folding seat, walking boots, waterproofs, Environment Agency fishing license, packed lunch, patience and no radio (woodlark in season). Contact Jon to arrange a mutually convenient mid-week date in July.





Thursday, 13th July 2017

The past few years have seen a shift towards Catchment Management (managing the whole river basin, rather than only short sections of river) and more recently to Natural Flood Management (NFM) which uses natural processes to ‘slow the flow’ and reduce flooding.

This short film is very good explanation of the thinking behind this shift in the way that we manage rivers.





Thursday, 13th July 2017

The Environment Agency in England has a new Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment: Dr Kevin Austin, in post from early July.

WTT staff were delighted to spend a day with Dr Austin, showing him award-winning improvement projects in the rivers Nadder and Wylye, work that was the product of great partnership between WTT, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency area team, the Wessex Chalkstreams and Rivers Trust and local angling clubs.

WTT wishes Dr Austin every success in his new role and we look forward to carrying on our hugely productive collaboration with the Agency. 


New EA Head of Fisheries meets WTT

 Dr Kevin Austin (centre), flanked by Andy Thomas of WTT (left) and Martijn Antheunisse of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (right).



Wednesday, 12th July 2017

A week of family orientated activities including pond dipping, story-telling, guided walks, theatre and live music as well as a practical river management day.

Activities in Lincoln, Louth and various villages.

Click here for more details.


Monday, 10th July 2017

Knaresborough Anglers were recipients of a WTT workshop (led by Gareth Pedley) supported by the Yorkshire Water Biodiversity Fund. It was decided that the follow-up bursary (which the club match-funded) would be put towards the purchase of Stihl brushcutters and appropriate PPE so that the club membership could instigate a serious programme to tackle the invasive Himalayan balsam along the banks of the River Nidd.

Stuart Gregory reports that they have just completed five work days specifically targeting the balsam and have removed a huge amount from the banks over a two and a half mile stretch. The Knaresborough Anglers Committee is committed to continuing a programme of balsam reduction in the coming years, well aware that there is no quick fix and that success in the future will depend on doggedness, continued investment and working with a variety of key partners and the local landowners from whom they have had excellent support.

As well as tackling the balsam issue, Stuart also says that the club will continue to work through the recommendations highlighted in their WTT Advisory Visit report.  The willow whips already planted seem to have taken in the first phase of bank stabilisation and members are being supportive in leaving large woody debris that previously would have been hauled out. Anecdotally, the number of trout caught this year has improved and there are numerous fry being reported. The club has even managed to get Ripley Beck written in as one of the five priority tributaries for action in the EA’s current three year plan for the River Nidd because of its failure to meet the Water Framework Directive standards. Great work!

Jonny Grey, our Research & Conservation Officer overseeing the Yorkshire Water supported workshops is still keen to hear from anyone who thinks that they have a site adjacent to or within the 'sphere of influence' of some Yorkshire Water infrastructure that might require a little TLC.

Sunday, 9th July 2017

The Great Yorkshire Show is on this week (Tues-Thurs) and Jonny Grey will be flying the flag for WTT.

Do drop by for a chat - he will be on a stand in the Country Pursuits section, alongside the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK West Yorks branch and Bradford City AA

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