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Sunday, 18th June 2017

Now in it's eight successful year, the 3-Fly competition organised by Neil Mundy goes from strength to strength. This year an amazing £6850 was raised in aid of the Wild Trout Trust.

The venue for was, as usual, Meon Springs Trout Fishery in Hampshire, who host the day with exceptional professionalism: lots of fish (even on a roasting, sunny day) and an absolutely perfect venue for stillwater fishing and for lots of socialising.

For the second year running  the overall competition winner was  Neil Mundy. Neil took away a splendid trophy and a new rod, very kindly donated by Sage.

Tremendous thanks to Neil and the gentlemen who compete, along with the Meon Springs Fishery, Keith Pulton who ties the 300 flies for the competition and Mrs Mundy (x2)  who organise the raffle. 

The money raised goes to the Pasco James fund which has paid for many projects on the River Meon, and will now be used to help fund a graduate post with the Wild Trout Trout Trust. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Asa White, a PhD student at the University of Brighton researching the impact of watercress farming on fish, needs some help electric fishing in the River Crane, Dorset this coming weekend, 17 & 18 June.
No previous experience is needed as Asa will train volunteers.
A lift from Brighton or Hastings is a possibility, as is a pitch on a nearby campsite. If you’re keen, contact Asa on A.White2@brighton.ac.uk or 07738 056114. 

More on Asa’s project on the WTT website here.

 

Tuesday, 6th June 2017

In 2016 Wild Trout Trust were approached by the Deveron, Bogey and Isla Charitable Rivers Trust (DBICRT) to sit on the advisory panel for the development of their new fishery management plan, which is an honour that we duly accepted.

This role offers WTT a great opportunity to support the trust in conservation and promotion of wild trout in an area of Scotland where 'resident' trout have historically been considered a poor cousin (or worse) to migratory salmonids. Fortunately these views are not shared by the DBICRT and they take the conservation of all their native fish species very seriously.

Amongst the initiatives by the DBICRT to develop and improve of their fisheries, the trust wanted to reinvigorate their annual trout festival, an event in which a large number of beats on the River Deveron are made available for trout fishing for the weekend so that anglers can get affordable, easy access to the river, in exchange for providing the trust with length, weight and scale data for the fish that they catch.

This forms a great, alternative way to survey the fish stocks of a river and provides data on a component of the fish stocks that is often difficult to obtain through other means – it’s also a great fun and creates an interesting social event for like-minded anglers.

Deveron sea trout

A 58.5cm sea trout caught on a dry, size 14 large dark olive during the festival.

 

Deveron sea trout

A comparatively modest sized trout by Deveron standards, but a beautiful fish all the same – a dry olive upright did the business for this one.

 

As part of the event, the WTT were also invited to deliver an evening presentation on river habitat improvement and the work of the WTT, alongside another very interesting presentation on specimen trout angling from WTT Vice President Paul Proctor. 

Monday, 5th June 2017

Salary £15,000 + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement of 5 weeks/year; initial fixed-term, 12-month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the practical conservation of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us. Find out more of what we do on this website www.wildtrout.org.

WTT works with anyone interested in the conservation of wild trout, rivers and their wildlife, including other NGOs, fishing clubs, farmers, riparian owners, community groups, academia and government agencies.

If you want to work in and learn about practical, hands-on river and wildlife conservation, especially for trout, this is your job: a brilliant opportunity for a graduate to join WTT as an Assistant Conservation Officer, working with our expert team. 

Interested?

You will need to be a graduate of an appropriate discipline (e.g. biology, conservation, ecology, fisheries management), a self-starter mad keen to learn more about river and wildlife conservation, with some experience of the world of work, ideally in the conservation sector; you need to share our ethos and values. You must live in, or be willing to move into, Hampshire or Wiltshire to be close to your key contacts within WTT. You will also need to demonstrate practical aptitude for physical work in the river, excellent organisational and communication skills (oral and written), be strongly IT literate and demonstrate that you get on well with people. You will start on an initial fixed-term, 12-month contract, with a 3-month probationary period.  

Your role will be to assist (and learn from) our southern Conservation Officers, helping them with advisory visits to fishing clubs and landowners, subsequent report write-ups, practical projects to improve river habitat (including preparing permit applications), maintenance of WTT’s equipment and creating news items for our website and social media outlets. We’ll agree a professional development package with you, including, for example, training in chainsaws and First Aid.

What to do next?

Click here for the application form, equal opportunities policy and questionnaire and a detailed job description for this role.

Applicants should send an electronic copy of the completed application form, a copy of the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire and a short (one page) covering letter to WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, by email, to office@wildtrout.org. Please mark the subject line of your email with “ACO Job Application”.

Applications should reach us by 5pm on Thursday 29 June 2017. Interviews will be held on 18 July 2017, at a location in Hampshire or Wiltshire.     

Monday, 5th June 2017

Not content with just completing his PhD in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Glasgow as a part of the EU funded IBIS project, Martin Hughes has also recently founded Inspiring Ecology to meet the demands of local schools requesting opportiunities for ecological fieldwork and practical training. And next he's off to New South Wales to conduct outreach and community engagement.... streuth!

So, we are really glad that amongst all of this, he has managed to summarise the whole of his PhD on ferox, a fish he became instantly hooked upon, for us over on the WTT blog. Check out the further links to his other pages, papers and video....

Monday, 5th June 2017

We were extremely delighted to receive a generous donation ‘to support the Wild Trout Trust in its vital work’ from Bradford City Angling Association. They recently held an Open Day on the River Aire at Gargrave which was well attended by local clubs and their members, rivers trusts and associated organisations, and even one of the WTT Vice Presidents, Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Our very own Jonny Grey was on hand to demonstrate some of the sterling work that the BCAA Fly Section has been doing to reinstate and improve habitat along reaches of the Aire (in partnership with the Environment Agency and their local Fisheries Officer, Pete Turner, via the Fishery Improvement Programme).

Phil Bailey, the BCAA Fly Secretary, had done an excellent job of organising an interesting line up of fly-casting and fly-fishing demonstrations, for old and young kids alike! Thanks are due to Phil, to Jim Munden (the President), and to the rest of the very supportive BCAA Committee for considering us.    

Thursday, 1st June 2017

WTT supported an international Conference in Berwick in March 2017 that considered challenges to and management of salmon and sea trout smolts, organised by the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Tweed Foundation. Whilst much of the talk was on salmon, some papers considered sea trout and there was much to learn for us trout people from those papers whose focus was on salmon. Excellent videos of all the talks are now available through AST and the Tweed Foundation: Smolt Conference - All video presentations now available to view

Viewing is highly recommended. To highlight a few, Johan Hojesjo gave an interesting talk on sea trout in Scandinavia, one snippet from Swedish studies being that trout are genetically differentiated into fjord groupings, rather than by specific river, providing great adaptability for fish to be able to use any of the rivers flowing into a particular fjord. Catch the detail of sea trout smolts migrating downstream with roach, presumably to maximise chances of survival. Niall Gauld tracked sea trout smolts around Loch Linnhe and showed their propensity to stay within sea lochs, making them vulnerable to development in those lochs (e.g. salmon farms). Niels Jepsen spoke on the impact of cormorant predation on salmon smolts (and other fish) in Danish rivers, producing some incredible (and terrifying) figures on the scale of the impact. His studies have shown 70% losses of a smolt run at one (redundant) weir and the effect of cold winters, when freezing of shorelines and lakes pushes cormorants onto rivers – some of his video footage simply has to be seen to be believed.

Tuesday, 30th May 2017

Philip Sheridan, committee member on the West Yorks Branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TCUK West Yorks) has gained agreement from Keighley BIG Local to draw down seed funding to set up a Friends of River Worth group.

The River Worth runs through the town of Keighley. Each red circle highlights a key crossing point. Big Local Area in blue.

The River Worth runs as a green ribbon through the centre of Keighley acting as a green corridor for wildlife. It might not look all that pretty in places but it has an abundance of wild trout, grayling, dippers, kingfishers and riverflies.

Looking upstream toward the A650 bypass bridge

Philip has monitored water quality on the River Worth since 2013 when he set up and coordinated a group of Riverfly Monitors on the River Aire and its tributaries as part of the work of the S&TCUK West Yorks ongoing commitment to help look after the region's rivers and streams.

Heptageniidae nymphs from a riverfly sample on the River Worth

Philip has informally looked after ‘his stretch’ of the River Worth since he moved to Keighley in 2005. He has litter picked and retrieve chemical and paint containers from the river, reported suspicious and potential pollution incidents to the Environment Agency, and fishes the river for recreation and therapy.

A beautiful Worth grayling

Suggested aims and objectives of the group:

To raise the river's status as a rich and diverse home for people, wildlife, and business.

  • To grow a Friends of the River Worth group
  • To bring the river into focus and raise its status as an important asset to the people of Keighley
  • To engage residents and businesses to take on a pro-active role in looking after the river

Looking upstream from Worth Bridge, Dalton Lane, the river runs between Dalton Mill and many small businesses.

Initial tasks:

  • To get the group up and running we need a meeting of interested parties and stakeholders
  • Set up a constitution for the group
  • To apply for match funding from other partner organisations, Salmon & Trout Conservation UK, Aire Rivers Trust, the Big Lottery, etc
  • Commence an audit along the length of the urban river corridor for strategic and targeted improvement work
  • Promote and market the project, its aim and objectives, to raise the status of the River Worth as a rich asset for the town

 

If you'd like to find out more please do feel free to email Philip at: philipsheridanflyfishing@gmail.com or Telephone/WhatsApp: 07528 959091

Tuesday, 30th May 2017

Disastrous news from Dr Ben Rushbrooke at Hants &IOW Wildlife Trust that signal crayfish have been found at the very top of the River Itchen, at the upper limit of the known distribution of native white-clawed crayfish on the Alre, placing the entire subpopulation of the native species in very real and immediate risk.

Ben and colleagues are planning action but it is a timely reminder for anglers of the need for biosecurity: CHECK, CLEAN & DRY all your gear after every trip.

More info on biosecurity on the WTT website: http://www.wildtrout.org/content/biosecurity

 

 

Wednesday, 24th May 2017

It is a great sadness to the fisheries world that the death of James Carr has been announced, aged 71.

James was a former chairman of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK and a founding trustee of the Eden Rivers Trust, among his many roles in UK fisheries management. Deep condolences to James’ wife and children from all at WTT.  

 

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