Sunday, 20th November 2016

Dr Chris Gardner of the South East Rivers Trust has written this excellent article:  ‘How weirs affect fish communities’, which includes the often neglected issue of the impact of  weirs on coarse fish such as barbel, bream, chub and dace.  

Monday, 14th November 2016


The Wild Trout Trust and the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust are hoping to win £22,000 of funding to pay for creating a by-pass around a big weir on the River Goyt in Lancashire. This weir is currently a huge barrier to fish migration and by-passing it will make a big difference to trout, eels and salmon in the river. To win this money, we need as many people to vote for us as possible.

You will need to register but it takes just a couple of minutes. Full details of the project and voting are here


The weir at Roman Lakes Goytcliffe Viaduct

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Sunday, 13th November 2016

Our Conservation Officer in the farthest north, Gareth Pedley, recently ran a two day workshop on bank protection and habitat improvement on the River Derwent in Cumbria; this was on behalf of the Derwent riparian owners and the Environment Agency.

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The days were well attended by staff from organisations like Natural England and the rivers trusts, and there was considerable interest as well from local individuals.

Overall, the workshop was very productive and we’d like to thank everyone who turned up and got stuck in, particularly the EA and National Trust staff who sourced materials and provided technical support.

Watch out for similar events to come in the Cumbria area on these news pages.

Sunday, 13th November 2016

We have just had drawn to our attention, a vacancy for a funded 4-year PhD position at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on density-dependence in juvenile salmonids in river environments. Sounds really interesting! We'll be keeping tabs on that research.

Anyway, the details of the project are available to download, here

Thursday, 10th November 2016

Recent work to rehabilitate Eastburn Beck (River Aire, Yorkshire), led by one of our northern Conservation Officers, Jonny Grey, and in partnership with the Environment Agency, has had a fair bit of coverage via these news pages, via the WTT blog, and via social media.

It has also received some fabulous coverage in the mainstream media, via The Yorkshire Post Saturday magazine and even beyond the borders of that great county, nationally via The I, courtesy of our talented writer chum, Andrew Griffiths. Jonny spent a great day with Andrew and with renowned Yorkshire fly-fishing guide, Stuart Minnikin, who made his first forays into fishing on Eastburn Beck.

If you missed either of those articles, we have permission from the Yorkshire Post to make the PDF available, here.

And, if you want the fisherman’s version of that story, then do keep a look out for the upcoming December/January issue of Fieldsports Magazine in which Andrew puts a slightly different slant on the day.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Great job opportunity in the fisheries world, as a Project Officer with the Fishmongers Company in London. The role will involve support for policy-work, developing partnerships and networks, convening and managing of events and overseeing Company funded projects.

Closing date for applications is 18 November 2016, with further information available from Cynthia Baddoo at the Fishmongers Company:

Projects Officer advert and job description

Tuesday, 25th October 2016

As part of a series of projects funded by Yorkshire Water, WTT Conservation Officer Jonny Grey has been working with members of the Bingley Angling Club to improve the habitat on two tributaries of the River Aire near Keighley in Yorkshire.

There were lots of extra helping hands including volunteers from other fishing clubs, the S&TA and non-anglers from Computashare.

Click here for more information.

There will be another session on another tributary nearby this Saturday, 29 October.
If you would like to join the team, please contact Jonny Grey at or leave a message on
07969 337808 (he is out on site and in the river most days!). 

Bingley anglers restoring habitat on an Aire tributary

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Over 100 guests attended a Wild Trout Trust evening at the Savile Club in Mayfair yesterday evening to present the 2016 awards for the best river habitat conservation projects. The evening was introduced by WTT  Chairman, David Fraser and Director, Shaun Leonard, with the awards presented by Yvette De Garis of Thames Water, who generously sponsor the Conservation Awards. 

The Conservation Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the management and conservation of wild trout habitat, celebrating the efforts, skills and ingenuity of projects carried out both by professionals and by grass roots voluntary organisations.

The Wild Trout Hero Award recognises an individual who has made a significant difference to the future of the UK’s favourite fish – the wild brown trout.

The winners are:

The Environment Agency, with the angling clubs of the Upper Ribble, won the Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation for their ‘Going Wild’ Project on the River Ribble in Lancashire.

The clubs and syndicates that fish the upper 35 miles of Lancashire’s River Ribble decided to entirely cease stocking the river with farmed trout, first in 2007. They now enjoy wild trout fishing, with one club member reporting a catch (and release) of 27 fish including 6 fish over 2lb! The change in policy was based on a wide range of evidence gathered by the EA and clubs, and this has allowed club committees to make informed, evidence-based decisions on the best use of their members’ monies in the provision of the best possible angling experience. The wholesale shift in stock management policy is also being combined with fencing and river corridor habitat improvement projects involving also the Ribble Rivers Trust, to give the wild breeding populations the best possible chances in life.

The East Yorkshire Rivers Trust ‘Lowthorpe Mill Diversion, Foston Beck’ won the Medium-Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme.

An ambitious project to create a new channel around an ancient water mill on one of England most northerly chalk streams. The mill structures were acting as a sediment trap and barrier to fish migration, but this was a sensitive historic site that needed a sensitive approach. The solution was to create 250m of new channel which is fished by the Foston Beck Angling Club, who also monitor the river for invertebrate life. The new section of river has already been colonised by wild trout and the number and diversity of rivers flies have increased remarkably quickly. An ambitious project, expertly executed, that is already showing real benefits for trout and other wildlife.

The Rivers Corridor Group Project, River Derwent/Bassenthwaite system won the ‘Large-Scale Habitat Enhancement Scheme’.

This project has achieved enormous change for the Cumbrian Derwent system since 2005, through a remarkable cooperative effort to shift land-use and stream habitat. There is a very broad, level of local involvement that includes schools, farmers and angling clubs as well as the Rivers Trust, the Woodland Trust, National Trust and Government agencies. The group have carried out over 120 habitat improvement projects and addressed issues such as bank erosion that were exacerbated by the 2009 and 2015 floods. A superb example of a diverse, long-term partnership tackling issues on a flood-prone river.

Rob Mungovan, Wild Trout Hero 2016

Rob's day job is as an ecologist with South Cambridgeshire District Council but, for wild trout, he comes into his own working on the rivers across eastern central England. Rob is a truly passionate wild trout fisher and an equally passionate advocate for the conservation and improvement of our rivers, a very worthy Wild Trout Hero.

Monday, 17th October 2016

Gareth Pedley will be running another Practical Demostration Day in Yorkshire as part of the series of events sponsored by Yorkshire Water. The day will be run in conjunction with our chums at Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, on 26th October.

The site is Skeeby Beck, a tributary of the Swale. All the details are in the attachment, here.

Thursday, 13th October 2016

The latest Riverfly Partnership newsletter is here.

It includes important guidance on invertebrate sampling during the trout and salmon spawning season. 


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