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Another Baffle-ing Year for Woodplumpton Brook!

Posted on June 10, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Plan for fishing in Wales

Posted on March 27, 2020

Plan for fishing in Wales

We can't go fishing, but we can plan....

Roaming the lonely hills and quiet valleys in search of wild trout is one of the quintessential adventures of any fishing season. Wales is justly famous for sewin and salmon, but the Principality's fishing for brown trout, pike and grayling is also superb. Thanks to many of our generous supporters, the Wild Trout Trust Auction brings you a wide choice of chances to explore llyns and rivers across Wales.

Chalkstream lots with no bids in the auction

Posted on March 27, 2020

Find more local fishing in the WTT Auction

Posted on March 20, 2020

Find more local fishing in the WTT Auction

If you’d like to get to know your local water really well this year, why not use the WTT Auction as your guide?

Our website has an interactive map to help you zoom right in to find auction lots in the area you want to explore. Or, if you prefer to peruse our printed catalogue of lots, we’ve arranged these by region, so you can easily find what you’re looking for, and create your own #WTTSeasonofAdventures:

Inspiring art in the WTT Auction

Posted on March 18, 2020

At times when it’s not so easy to get out fishing, a beautiful piece of art can help recall past exploits, and plan for adventures ahead.

Here at WTT, we’re incredibly grateful to all the artists and makers giving our supporters the chance to add artworks like these to their collections.