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Redd spotting

Posted on December 21, 2020

Redd spotting

This article first appeared in the WTT Autumn 2018 newsletter, but as it is spawning time again we thought it was worth repeating!

A couple of new things for this year: An excellent podcast by Andrew Griffiths called 'The Trout and the Heron'. Just eight minutes of wonderful description, recorded beside a river at spawning time.

Trout in the Town: have you got your official accreditation yet?

Posted on October 23, 2020

Trout in the Town: have you got your official accreditation yet?

if you attended our Urban Conclave in Stalybridge last September, and saw the launch of WTT’s Trout in the Town Urban River Toolkit, you might remember that we also announced a new nationwide accreditation scheme for all our urban river groups.

Like so much else this year, this initiative has been held up by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’ve now sent out accreditation forms to urban river projects all over the country.

Delighted of Dauber Gill

Posted on October 19, 2020

Delighted of Dauber Gill

Nidderdale Angling Club was the recipient of an advisory visit from WTT in 2011. That report resurfaced in 2018 and prompted several members of the committee to contact local Conservation Officer, Jonny Grey, to prioritise plans and initiate some action. Like many clubs, historic decisions to stock the river were being scrutinised, and votes were cast to divert money previously spent on adding fish, into habitat rehabilitation instead to nurture the wild fish populations more sustainably....

Another Baffle-ing Year for Woodplumpton Brook!

Posted on June 10, 2020

Another Baffle-ing Year for Woodplumpton Brook!

Regular readers of the blog will know that, every year, Queen Mary University of London buys out some of my time and expertise from WTT to give their aquatic ecology MSc students practical training and experience in the field. Despite all the recent challenges impacting their year of study, some of the students have found the time to analyse the data and write us a guest blog to update the Woodplumpton Brook story....

Technology Will Save Us

Posted on May 28, 2020

Technology Will Save Us

Traditional fishing day tickets risk spreading coronavirus through unnecessary contact with vendors. Digital solutions present a way to fish safely and protect the country.

It’s a little over a fortnight since the (re)opening of the 2020 trout season. One can assume our readership has dutifully obeyed the measures of social distancing passed down from Westminster. For ourselves, our neighbours and the good of the entire population we’ve shelved one third of our annual pursuit allowance. But now we may fish again…

Salmon hatcheries by Andy Ferguson

Posted on May 03, 2020

Salmon hatcheries by Andy Ferguson

With declining populations of salmon (and sea trout), it is understandable that many anglers and fishery owners see hatcheries as something tangible and practical that they can do to boost populations. In this article, Andy Ferguson looks at why supplementary stocking with hatchery reared Atlantic salmon younger than smolts is rarely successful in increasing the number of returning fish and can instead result in a reduction.

More information on resident brown trout stocking, click here.

Hydropeaking – can the impacts on salmonids be reduced?

Posted on April 28, 2020

Hydropeaking – can the impacts on salmonids be reduced?

Freshwater scientists have been studying the phenomenon of “hydropeaking”, the artificial variation in flow below hydropower plants, for around 25 years. One particular aspect has been the harmful effects of flows, fluctuating in some cases on an hourly basis, upon salmonid fish species. In response to the growing awareness of the need to reduce the impacts of hydropeaking, a team of freshwater ecologists and engineers recently published a timely review article. One of the authors, Daniel Hayes (a PhD candidate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) tells us a little more about the issue.

Dry Chilterns chalk streams - a simple but revolutionary solution

Posted on April 21, 2020

Dry Chilterns chalk streams - a simple but revolutionary solution

The ever growing population of the south east needs water, and so do our chalk streams which have been suffering from low flows and, particularly in the Chilterns, drying up, because of the demands placed on the chalk aquifers that supply both rivers and people.

In this blog, Charles Rangeley-Wilson describes a simple but revolutionary solution to the problem. Take the water from the lowest reaches of the river, not the top. Chalk-Streams First has the potential to completely re-naturalise the flows in all of the Chilterns chalk-streams with potentially only a small net loss to overall public water supply. 

Same solution, different becks

Posted on March 31, 2020

Same solution, different becks

While the amazing work around the world to remove huge dams and reconnect rivers tends to capture the media headlines (e.g. Dam Removal Europe), we know that small (known in the trade as low-head) structures can be equally as effective in fragmenting fish populations and interrupting sediment transport. And compared to large barriers, there are thousands and thousands of small ones, as the AMBER project has recently highlighted for much of Europe.

Through the latter part of 2019, Jonny Grey was involved in two projects to design low-cost fish passage solutions on two very different becks, and here he describes the installation in early 2020.