WTT Blog

Spotties of East Anglia

Posted on May 22, 2024

Spotties of East Anglia

One of the things we love about wild trout is their amazing variability in colour and spotting patterns. Our Conservation Officer team often share photos of the fish that they catch on WhatsApp, and the ensuing discussion is less about the size of the fish or the fly it took and much more about the colour and spotting patterns. A recent catch by Rob Mungovan prompted one such discussion.

Rob is our Conservation Officer for the East of England. His home town of Cambridge would not spring to many anglers' minds as a hot spot for trout fishing. The rivers of East Anglia suffer more than most from low flows and over-abstraction in addition to the usual issues of water quality and poor habitat, so there are plenty of projects to keep Rob busy. He knows his patch so well that he can winkle out a few beautiful wild trout from his local rivers at the end of the working day.

Best practice fish handling

Posted on April 11, 2024

Best practice fish handling

With the trout fishing season now (largely) open, many wild trout anglers will be out on the river or lake hoping for some early season action after a long and very wet winter. This blog post aims to give a timely reminder on best practice for handling our precious wild trout so that they are released unharmed. 

The sewage saga rolls on

Posted on April 10, 2024

The sewage saga rolls on

In this blog post, WTT volunteer Denise Ashton attempts to summarise some of the various campaigns, media coverage and plans to address the issue of sewage pollution in our rivers since our last blog post on this topic in May 2023,

Redd spotting

Posted on November 29, 2023

Redd spotting

This article first appeared in one of our newsletters, but as it is spawning time again we thought it was worth repeating!

We've added this wonderful video from the Ness Fisheries Board (below). It is well documented for both salmon and sea trout that small young males (called 'precocious parr') will sneak in and fertilise the eggs of hen fish whilst the large adult males are busy fighting each other away. 

Monitoring river restoration using drones

Posted on September 18, 2023

Monitoring river restoration using drones

Duncan Philpott describes his MSc research project which he aligned to WTT habitat work carried out by Research and Conservation Officer, Professor Jon Grey. Duncan is now living in Sweden and working on research connected with trout health. 

Teamwork to restore the River Mel

Posted on June 07, 2023

Teamwork to restore the River Mel

WTT’s Conservation Officer Rob Mungovan has recently been hard at work on the River Mel in Cambridgeshire. 

This partnership project, in and around the village of Melbourn, has included adding 200 tonnes of gravel and chalk, to restore a healthy river bed with lots of flow diversity, which in turn will create a range of habitats for different species in this well-loved small chalk stream.

Lateral Connection

Posted on November 30, 2022

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Research & Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, is thinking laterally with a new project on the Upper Aire, funded via the Yorkshire Water Biodiversity Enhancement Programme, the local branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation, and the Upper Aire Project

Reflections on a summer with WTT

Posted on October 21, 2022

So Long

'This has been an opportunity which has informed and educated me greatly about the natural world, both between and beyond the banks' says Freddy of his time working with WTT

Catch '22 - new data points to success of TROUT

Posted on October 07, 2022

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Back in June 2020, Jonny Grey was excited to introduce TROUT, a project funded via the Biodiversity Enhancement Programme of Yorkshire Water – Tackling Resilience on Underperforming Tributaries. Now, with several years of data collected, what has TROUT achieved?

Getting stuck in

Posted on October 04, 2022

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Six weeks on and Freddy Weaver is not only still alive but willing to tell us a tale or two from deepest Yorkshire