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Friday, 14th April 2017

A number of lots are appearing on eBay that appear to be WTT auction lots. Our auction has closed and we will not be posting any more auction lots on eBay until next year. 

These lots are fraudulent and have no connection to the WTT, so please don't bid on them ! 

We have reported the problem to eBay. If you have bought one of these lots, please contact eBay for a refund.

UPDATE: eBay have now removed the fraudulent lots and will endeavour to prevent a repeat of the problem. If you do spot any lots on eBay purporting to be from the WTT but from a seller in China, please use the 'report the item' button and report it under 'listing practices' - 'fraudulent listing' . Please also let us know by email to dashton@wildtrout.org.

Many thanks to Nick Aldridge at PayPal Giving Fund for getting this resolved over a bank holiday weekend.

 

 

Thursday, 13th April 2017

There are increasing numbers of local groups who are involved with caring for their local river. One such group is the River Holme Connections Group who aim to improve the River Holme for people and the environment. The WTT is increasingly supporting these groups with advice and practical training. The report below from WTT Trout in the Town Programme Manager Paul Gaskell highlights how an Advisory Visit can turn into a  wider involvement with local residents on how best to care for and improve their river.

Paul Gaskell said:  

‘Taking a novel approach to communicating the findings and advice from a typical Advisory Visit report seemed to be a hit in Holmfirth. Following an original report on what was good and what could be improved on the urban river corridor of the River Holme in Holmfirth, I suggested that the reach and impact of those findings could be extended.

The River Holme Connections group (formerly “River2015”) were fantastic hosts and we met a good-sized contingent of local residents and interested parties on a bridge over the river in the centre of town. Following a short introduction and pointing out of relevant details for context, we trooped across the road and upstairs in the Parish Church so that I could take everyone through the major findings of my original report. This format allowed a full explanation of the rationale behind each recommendation or comment – and was very well received by the audience.

The question and answer aspect of the presentation was also extremely useful for both myself and the attendees. For me, it allowed me to tailor particular details for individual audience members (not only the audience as a whole). That also will help me when writing similar reports for comparable audience members in future.

Overall a very enjoyable experience – and one that certainly extended the number of people who now have a good handle on the content of that written report (which, for good reasons, often have a more limited audience).’

Click here for details of the advice and practical help that the WTT can offer. 

River Holme group

 

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The Wild Trout Trust has just appointed its seventh Conservation Officer, Rob Mungovan. Rob, currently an ecologist at South Cambs District Council, is a passionate river man, local campaigner for river conservation and trout fisherman. With 20 years of experience and many river improvement projects delivered, his professional and voluntary contribution to river conservation won him WTT’s Wild Trout Hero award in 2016.

Now, Rob has secured his dream job; to go out and work with angling clubs, landowners and the Environment Agency in Central and Eastern England, offering advice and practical help to improve rivers for wild trout and the habitats that they need.

Rob said, “I’m thrilled to be taken on by the Trust. For many years I have been impressed by the way they have been able to make a real difference at the ground level. They have improved great lengths of rivers, made weirs passable for many different fish and have been able to champion the cause to conserve the diverse wonderful wild trout populations of the UK.”

Rob is based on the Cambs/Herts border but a fair bit of his time will be spent working further east and north in England, especially in Lincolnshire. Rob takes up his post from 8 May 2017. His contact details will be available here from that date. 

Rob Mungovan

Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Jeroen Tummers takes the baton from Jess Picken over on the WTT Blog with another update on current research from the young scientists themselves.

Jeroen was awarded his BSc and MSc at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,and then decided to undertake a PhD at Durham University on river restoration ecology. In particular, his research focus is the effectiveness of a broad range of solutions aimed at restoring longitudinal connectivity in fragmented river systems for fishes. He is currently working on an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers).

If you missed the earlier news item, WTT is keen to act as a portal for young researchers working on trout-related science to communicate their work with non-specialists. Keep tabs on the blog for further items such as the impacts of invasive plant species on salmonids, and find out what's wrong with watercress....

Friday, 7th April 2017

Another significant pollution incident in Wales, this time on the River Honddu – a tributary of the River Monnow. The pollution was caused by a failed slurry lagoon. This is the latest in a series of slurry related pollution incidents in Wales, including one on the Teifi in December that impacted 6 miles of river.

This is from the BBC News website:

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the incident, near Abergavenny, is likely to have a "serious effect" on some rivers in south east Wales.

A "significant discharge" from the lagoon, which contained up to 450,000 litres (99,000 gallons) of slurry, went into a tributary of the River Honddu.

NRW officers are also assessing the impact on the River Monnow and River Wye.

Caroline Drayton, a team leader for NRW, said on Tuesday: "Protecting nature in Wales is our biggest priority and we have been carrying out pollution-prevention works to minimise the impact of this incident since this morning."

NRW is working closely with the Environment Agency in England to monitor the situation.

Click here to read the Wye and Usk Foundation’s newsletter and response to this incident

Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The River Avon in Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset has won the Nigel Holmes Trophy for the 2017 UK River Prize

Wild Trout Trust Conservation Officer Mike Blackmore was one of the team accepting the prize at the River Restoration Centre conference dinner yesterday evening. 

Well done to Mike and the Avon team. 

The press release is here.

River  Prize 2017 Avon Mike Blackmore

Friday, 31st March 2017

The River Restoration Centre has announced the ‘River Champions’ for 2017.  The awards recognises those who volunteer their time to improve rivers, and we are delighted to see so many friends and partners of the WTT in the list, including Vaughan Lewis who has worked with the WTT for many years in both a professional and voluntary capacity.

Vaughan lewis receives river prize

 

 

The River Champions are: 

Euan Bull, London
 
Nick Fysh, Kent
 
Vaughan Lewis, UK wide
 
Patrick McNeill, Hertfordshire and Middlesex
 
Martin Moore, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey
 
Richard Stadelmann, Switzerland
 
Sam St Pierre, Sussex
 
Chris Stafford, London
 
Paul Winks, Sheffield

Click here for full details.

Friday, 24th March 2017

The provisional programme for the 2017 WTT annual gathering is now available - click here.
Please note this is version 2 of the agenda - Nick Everall has been replaced by Nick Measham.

This year, on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, we’ll be in glorious Derbyshire, hosted by the Haddon Estate and based in Rowsley, near Bakewell. Early arrivers will meet in Bakewell on the Friday night for a bite and beer, before a Saturday with a mix of interesting talks and river walks. We hope that the Sunday will allow our guests to enjoy the excellent fishing of the classic Derbyshire rivers, including the Derwent, Dove and Wye.

More detail on the fishing to follow. 

Booking is essential. If you would like to book a place, click here for a booking form.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Over on the blog, Jon Grey is hoping to create a series of informal reports from current researchers undertaking studies relevant to wild trout.

Jess Picken is our brave guinea pig! Jess completed a MSc at the University of Birmingham in River Environments and Management, and spent a year studying the impacts of high river flows on fish ecosystems in Alaska. With climate change models suggesting that high and low flow events will become more frequent in the future, she chose a PhD topic providing a perfect opportunity for her to broaden her knowledge on extreme flow events. The goal of the PhD is to provide reliable scientific knowledge to river management teams to help keep healthy populations of salmon and trout in our beautiful rivers.

Keep tabs on the blog for future updates from her and other young academics

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

This important new film explains the catastrophic collapse of sea trout stocks in Loch Maree, once one of the world’s truly great wild fisheries, following the arrival of salmon farming in the adjacent sea loch. It’s a disastrous tale of a vibrant fishery, supporting a hotel and twenty seasonal ghillies, that, within a very few years, virtually disappeared. The 7-minute film, and the story of S&TC Scotland’s campaign in Holyrood, can be viewed here:

 

 

 

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