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Hatch Mayflies, Olives, Brook Duns & More with a New Print-on-Demand Guidebook

Posted on October 19, 2021

Hatch Mayflies, Olives, Brook Duns & More with a New Print-on-Demand Guidebook

Did you know that when an emerging mayfly pushes through the surface-film of water to hatch, it's demonstrating a physical feat equivalent to a human breaking through a kitchen table-top?

Having kids and teachers witness this feat - and exactly HOW they do it (along with the strange transformation from "dun" to "spinner") in any of our upwing riverflies are key experiences within "Mayfly in the Classroom" - now available in full-colour guidebook form.

You can click here to order a copy

Newfield Bridge weir no more....

Posted on October 19, 2021

Newfield Bridge weir no more....

Twenty-five years ago, I walked the Pennine Way parallel to the River Aire and stopped below Newfield Bridge for lunch. I imagine my casting arm was twitching slightly at the sight of the limestone stream with its clear water, mossy stones, and marsh marigold fringe. The white-water cascading over the weir was framed neatly through the arch of the road bridge, picturesque yes, but certainly not natural….

Almost 20 years later and I returned to that very spot with local EA Fisheries Officer, Pete Turner. I’d not long arrived in Yorkshire with my WTT cap on, and he was giving me a whistle stop tour and introduction to the Upper Aire Project (more of which, later). I looked at it then objectively with my fish passage polaroids on. We both agreed it was one for the wish list of removals....

Riverfly monitoring with a TWIST!

Posted on August 04, 2021

Riverfly monitoring with a TWIST!

Thanks to the enthusiasm of local volunteers, the urban areas of Somerset’s Axe and Sheppey river catchments now have 16 newly-trained riverfly monitors to look after them, as part of our Trout in the Town TWIST (Transforming Waterways in Somerset’s Towns) project.

Nant Clais sewage pollution

Posted on June 17, 2021

Nant Clais sewage pollution

A guest blog post from Lennard Powell of the Afan Valley Angling Club near Neath in South Wales. The Afon Afan and the Nant Clais, like too many rivers across the UK, suffers from sewage pollution and excess sedimentation. Lennard and his fellow members have carried out a detailed investigation and the resulting report has been passed to Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water ( who are a ‘not for profit’ water company) and the regulator in Wales, National Resources Wales. Receipt of the report has been acknowledged and we await with interest to see what action will result. This map on the Rivers Trust website identifies where the sewerage network discharges and overflows into rivers in England and Wales. Andy Thomas of the Wild Trout Trust carried out an Advisory Visit to the club’s 17 miles of water in 2010. Lennard can be contacted at lennard.powell@ntlworld.com

Trout in the Town: A New Chapter for Pewsey

Posted on June 15, 2021

Trout in the Town: A New Chapter for Pewsey

We’re delighted to announce that PARR (Pewsey Avon River Restoration) is the latest urban river restoration group to become an accredited Trout in the Town chapter.

When Theo Pike, our Trout in the Town officer for the south of England, undertook an Advisory Visit for the upper Avon in Pewsey (Wiltshire) recently, he identified a number of important improvements that a motivated community group could make to boost the health of the river for fish, insects, birds – and local people too.

Sea trout smolt migrations

Posted on May 10, 2021

Sea trout smolt migrations

April and May are the peak time for sea trout smolt migration, when some young brown trout decide it is time to leave the river and go to sea. But what is a smolt? Denise Ashton explains.

Wyre our fish struggling?

Posted on April 29, 2021

Wyre our fish struggling?

A number of pressures face fish and their habitats, but the fragmentation of natural river connectivity is understood to be one of the main causes of decline in freshwater fish species. Here, Amy Blaker, MSc student at Lancaster University, tells us more about her project in the Wyre catchment

Preventing Plastic Pollution

Posted on April 20, 2021

Preventing Plastic Pollution

Danielle Marchant, Early Career Researcher from Queen Mary University of London, tells us about her PhD work on plastic pollution in freshwaters

Serendipity on the Skirfare

Posted on March 24, 2021

Serendipity on the Skirfare

One of the most exciting and heartening aspects of our work is when ‘word of mouth’ contacts help to spread the love for rivers a little further. Here is such a tale from the Dales

Fishing escapes with the Wild Trout Trust Auction

Posted on March 22, 2021

Fishing escapes with the Wild Trout Trust Auction

Most of us are longing to escape to a river or lake and spend the day fishing, but with so much uncertainty around you might feel it is hard to plan to get away for more than a day. Why not use the Wild Trout Trust Auction map to help you find your escape?

The map can point to you to fishing days close to home - just zoom in and click the points on the map to go to the Lot description and bidding.

Late Lots for the WTT Auction

Posted on March 18, 2021

Late Lots for the WTT Auction

Sometimes as the catalogue lands on our member’s door mats, it inspires one or two to make a late donation. Just as exciting, just as valuable but not previously seen in the catalogue. List of 11 'Late Lots' below.

Bidding starts on the morning of Friday 19th and closes the evening of Sunday 29 March. 

TWIST: Do you want to help look after urban rivers in Somerset?

Posted on March 02, 2021

TWIST: Do you want to help look after urban rivers in Somerset?

The Wild Trout Trust’s new TWIST (Transforming Waterways In Somerset Towns) project is an idea that aims to improve the health of urban rivers and streams in Cheddar, Wookey, Wookey Hole, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Croscombe.

Historically, most of the rivers which drain the hills around Somerset have been exploited for their water – first by mills, and then by towns which grew up around them. But far too often, these urban developments have left their rivers polluted, covered in concrete, broken up by weirs, and speeding water down to pinch points where flooding is even more of a problem.

AMBER - Reconnecting Rivers

Posted on February 05, 2021

Our rivers are fragmented by weirs, hydropower, culverts and fords that fragment waterways, isolate habitats and weaken wildlife populations. The AMBER programme is helping to re-connect hundreds of kilometres of rivers, improve fish migration, and develop tools to help manage European rivers in the future.