Friday, 24th February 2017

Action for Conservation (AFC, is a charity that seeks to inspire young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, to shape their dreams and actions.

AFC run summer camps, filled with conservation activities, careers advice and adventure, guided by young conservation professionals, the AFC team and partners such as the National Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Participants will connect with nature and learn how to protect it alongside other young people from across the UK, returning ready to drive change in their community as Conservation Ambassadors. You can find out more about last year’s adventure here.

AFC has just launched a challenge for free places on their 5-day residential summer camps. Young people aged 12-16 from across the UK can enter the challenge before the March 31st deadline for the chance to win a free place on one of our two camps: 22nd - 26th July and the 31st July - 4th August at the National Trust’s Stackpole Reserve in Pembrokeshire.  

Entries to the challenge won’t take long and are welcomed from individuals or pairs of young people. Find out more and enter here before 31 March 2017. 

Monday, 6th February 2017

The Environment Agency in England is seeking a new Head of Fisheries (or, more correctly, a new Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries & the Natural Environment), to replace Sarah Chare who has moved on to a Midlands Area Manager’s role within EA.

Sarah was a passionate advocate for rivers and fish and a great friend to WTT; she will be much missed but we wish her all the very best in her new role. 

Details of the vacant post are here.  Closing date of 13 February. 

Friday, 3rd February 2017

The Atlantic Salmon Trust are seeking to employ a highly motivated programme coordinator with excellent people, organisation and presentation skills to head up their Salmonid Acoustic Tracking Programme. The job is based in Edinburgh. See the AST website for details.

Friday, 3rd February 2017

The Wild Trout Trust will have a stand at the British Fly Fair International in Stafford.  Please come and visit us.

We will have auction catalogues and a few choice auction lots on display in addition to our library of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines. 



Saturday, 21st January 2017

We have compiled this list of clubs, syndicates and private fisheries to assist our supporters who may be looking for new waters to fish in 2017.

The list will be held on the ‘Wild Trout Fishing’ page of this website, and updated as new clubs ask to add their details.

If you would like your club to be added, please contact


Saturday, 21st January 2017

West Sutherland Fisheries Trust's second charity auction is now live online. There are a wide range of lots and a chance to get a bargain in a good cause.

There is self catering accommodation, fishing, pottery, meals out, shooting and more.
The auction closes on 31st January 1900 hours.
Register now and get bidding at

Friday, 6th January 2017

Salary £25,000 - £30,000 (depending on experience) + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement of 5 weeks/year; initial 24-month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and survival of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us (

WTT works with a variety of stakeholder groups to further the conservation of wild trout, including NGOs, fishing clubs, farmers, riparian owners, community groups, academia and government agencies.

A brilliant opportunity has arisen to join WTT as a Conservation Officer to carry out large-scale river habitat projects and provide practical advice and help in habitat management and improvement for river interests, especially across central and eastern England.  

Interested?...then read on!

You will need to be a self-starting person with significant experience in river habitat restoration project management and delivery, conservation and practical fishery management (especially for salmonid fisheries); you need to share our ethos and values.
The Conservation Officer will deliver large-scale river habitat improvement projects from start to finish and offer advice and practical help to our wide range of stakeholders, primarily in central and eastern England. Since WTT staff are home-based, applicants need to live in, or be prepared to move into, this geographical area.
You will also need to demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills (oral and written), a proven ability to work with our wide range of stakeholders and to identify and win sources of project-funding.  
You will join an existing team of expert Conservation Officers, working especially closely with a fellow Officer based in the English midlands. We are keen for you to start as soon as possible, initially on a two-year contract.

In addition to the delivery of practical conservation programmes, the postholder will also be expected to support WTT’s other Conservation Officers in their areas and to provide support at certain key events (including open days, demonstration days and shows).

What to do next?

Application forms (including equal opportunities policy and questionnaire) and detailed job description for this role are available from the WTT website:

Click here for the job description

Click here to download the application form.

Click here for the equal opportunities policy and here for the questionnaire

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 Please mark the subject line of your email with “Job Application”.

Applications should reach us by 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at a location in central/eastern England.   



Thursday, 15th December 2016

With many thanks to Sage, William Daniel & Famous Fishing, The Peacock at Rowsley & Haddon Fisheries, Paul Kenyon and Phoenix Lines for donating the prizes, and to all those who bought tickets enabling us to raise £3500 towards our conservation work.

1st Prize, ticket no. 294, Mr K Freshwater (Dundee)

2nd Prize, ticket no. 4095, Mrs S Twiddy (Warminster)

3rd Prize, ticket no. 16, Mr M Smith (Maidenhead)

4th Prize, ticket no. 1013, Mr C Knight (Ringwood)

5th Prize, ticket no. 315, Mr P Shortt (New Malden)

Tuesday, 13th December 2016

An 850-page report, outlining a three-year research project on sea trout in the Celtic (Irish) Sea has just been published.

There are some important messages from the work. We now think we know that Celtic sea trout are organised into nine genetic groups (so a trout is not just a trout) and that most sea trout (but not all) stay close to their natal river.

But, there is significant mixing of stocks at sea with individual fish travelling as far as 300km to feed and possibly pioneer into other areas, thus introducing new genetic material to that patch. As a consequence of this stock mixing at sea, fisheries taking trout are mixed stock fisheries where the home water of any individual fish cannot be known just by looking at it.

The Executive Summary of the report picks out other practically significant aspects, relevant to attempts to manage sea trout stocks. 

Friday, 9th December 2016

WTT Conservation Officer Gareth Pedley, along with the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the EA, are running workshop demonstrating river habitat improvement works such as coppicing and tree laying to create fish cover.

The workshop will take place Tuesday 20 December 9.30am—3.30pm on the River Irt at Gaterigghow, Gosforth 

This event is ideally suited to angling club members and riparian owners who undertake river work.

For full details click here.

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