About Us

We are a conservation charity that focuses on practical work to improve habitat for trout across the UK and Ireland.  Although we have few staff, we have a big impact because we work with grass roots organisations  (fishing clubs, local community and conservation groups)  and landowners to give them the  inspiration, advice and  practical skills to improve and maintain their lake or river for the benefit of trout and all wildlife.

Most of our members, supporters and staff are fishermen, but we are not a fishing organisation. 

We simply love wild trout and the rivers they live in; the trout are an indicator that much in and around the river is well. We want to make sure that trout and all that they stand for are there for future generations.

golden brown troutEdward casting his first fly wiht help from Dad and Dr John Smith

 

 

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We are run by a group of Trustees, a volunteer Executive Committee and a small staff who all work from home.

We do not have any office premises, we all work from home. See the Who's Who  page for a full list of our team. You can find our phone numbers and email addresses on the Contact Us page.

Our business plans are available here: 2014/15    2015/16   2016/17

Our funding comes from many sources, including our members and donors,  the annual eBay auction, grant making charitable trusts, corporate sponsors, and support from the Environment Agency in England, primarily from rod licence revenue.

We have around 2,500 members and supporters who help to raise the funds for us so we can deliver advice and habitat projects. Click here to join as a member for less than £3.00 per month, or click here to make a donation.
We promise to use the money wisely! .

We work in partnership with landowners and many other organisations, including the Rivers Trusts, Wildlife Trusts, local conservation volunteer groups, fishing clubs, Government Agencies and many more. Our role in these partnerships is to provide expert advice and practical project delivery skills.
To see examples of the kind of advice we give, click to see our Advisory Visit reports, and examples of our Projects.

Our approach to habitat and ecosystems is based on science and refined by experience of the practical application of habitat improvements.   We have considerable expertise on our own staff, and we are supported by a group of advisors who form our science 'knowledge network' . Our publications reflect this approach of combining sound science with practical and cost effective application to the real world. .

We do not engage directly in lobbying, but work closely with the Angling Trust and other  angling and conservation organisations to ensure our views are represented on key issues such as dredging, abstraction, diffuse pollution and hydropower. 


 

What we do

Anyone can ask us for advice – it is free and open to everyone in the UK and Ireland with responsibility for a river or lake that does, or should, hold trout.

We have a package of services:Andy giving advice

Advisory visits

One of our Conservation Officers will walk the river with you and assess the habitat, give you advice on management and potential work to improve the habitat.

A report of the visit is provided as the basis for future plans. As a professional document, it will also assist the granting of necessary approvals from statutory authorities.

All the Advisory Visit reports we have carried out are held on this website as a list and identified on a map

The reports are available to download as PDF documents.

The programme of Advisory Visits in England is funded through rod licence revenues via the Environment Agency. 

 

Project Proposalsinstalling brashing on the river gade

These are reports that identify practical work in the channel and on the banks at a ‘reach’ scale.  The report will identify project objectives, techniques, materials and a budget and may advise on sources of funding and any consents or permissions required.

Practical Visits and River Habitat Workshops are designed to train people in the tools and techniques needed to complete a habitat improvement project or to carry out habitat management.

These are hands-on, waders-on, hard-working days, led by one or more of our Conservation Officers, very enjoyable and a very good way of 'learning by doing' .

 

‘How to’ guides

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We have a series of  publications including a book called the Wild Trout Survival Guide, a series of habitat manuals and a DVD called Rivers: Working for Wild Trout.

These can be purchased from our website shop .
Section of the manuals, the Habitat Management Sheets and other materials can be downloaded as PDF files from the publications page.

 

We also have a range of short  videos that demonstrate techniques used in habitat improvement project, and highlight some of the issues facing wild trout. 

 

 

Projects.  

Bayfieldd lake aerial shot of new channelWe carry out a large number of habitat improvement projects in partnership with landowners, fishing clubs, community groups and Rivers Trusts. See our Projects pages for examples of these.

We also run a number of undertakings with a wider scope than a single river. These include two regional sea trout projects: Anglian Rivers Sea Trout and South Coast Sea Trout projects. Both of these projects are aimed at improving  spawning and juvenile habitat and fish passage issues.
This work complements the wider scale initiatives that focus on the marine phase of the sea trout life-cycle.

 

Trout in the Town is an umbrella project whereby the WTT supports local conservation groups and fishing clubs in their efforts to improve and care for rivers in urban areas, with the support of local communities.

Addressing the wider issues affecting wild trout and the health of river ecosystems is clearly vital. These include abstraction, pollution, climate change and hydropower.


Although our focus is on practical habitat work at a grass roots level, we do work very closely with organisations that are more directly focused  upon influencing government policy, including WWF, Angling Trust, Rivers Trust, Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon and Trout Conservation UK.  We contribute directly to their campaigns, using both our scientific credentials and our practical experience.