Wednesday, 7th December 2016

The Environment Agency has just published its 2015-16 Fisheries Report, together with reports from each of its 16 area teams.

The reports highlight ongoing fisheries work in England, including the productivity of WTT's excellent partnership with the Agency across the country. Click here to view both the national and regional reports 

Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) has just published a report, The effect of natural flood management in-stream wood placements on fish movement in Scotland, that provides a review and analysis of information on the passage by fish at wooden obstacles (woody placements), used for flood management.

Click here to view the report. 

WTT contributed to the expert panel that informed the report, through one of its trustees and Argyll Fisheries Trust Senior Biologist, Alan Kettle-White. 

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

Whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for Wild Trout Trust.

Lots of retailers, insurance companies, travel companies and mobile phone companies will make a donation to us when you shop with them using easyfundraising.

Go to and join for free.

Install a reminder on your PC or use the app  on your tablet or phone to make sure you remember to use easyfundraising every time you shop

There are no catches, hidden charges or unwanted adverts and Wild Trout Trust will be really grateful for your donations.

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Fish Legal has helped the Inler Angling Club in Northern Ireland to start the process of restoring a purely wild trout fishery using compensation money obtained following a 2013 pollution.

This settlement is a very good example of how a wild trout fishery can claim compensation from a polluter and use the money to improve habitat in the river.

The Inler Angling Club received an Advisory Visit from the Wild Trout Trust earlier this year.

Ian Kittle, Secretary of the Inler Angling Club, said:

“We are glad that something positive has come out of the 2013 pollution disaster, when most of our fish were wiped out. Fortunately the wild trout in the tributary streams were unaffected and should be the basis of a restored population in the main river.

“We think that really looking after the wild stocks from now on, including the sea trout, via the habitat restoration work recommended by the Wild Trout Trust, is much the best way to go rather than having to rely on expensive stocked fish artificially compensating for a degraded habitat.”

Click here for the full story.

Thursday, 1st December 2016

At WTT, we strive to ensure that we employ staff of immense quality, expertise and knowledge. But, they can’t know it all, so we have a group of experts in their fields who advise, independently and pro bono, on a range of issues.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Prof Alastair Driver, recently retired as National Biodiversity Manager with the Environment Agency and an acknowledged expert in a wide range of conservation and ecological disciplines, has joined that team. Alastair will bring us his vast experience and expertise in catchment management and restoration and specific areas of ‘above-water’ conservation e.g. otters and water voles.
In addition to his voluntary work with WTT and several other NGOs, and his professorial role at Exeter University, Alastair is now getting stuck into planning a new professional life as a consultant specialising in catchment restoration.

WTT’s Advisory Team

Prof Alastair Driver joins an awesome team, giving freely of their time and expertise to WTT:

Neil Auchterlonie                                                                  Dr Alan Butterworth

Dr Adrian Collins                                                                  Prof Andy Ferguson

Michael Heaton                                                                     Dr Paul Kemp

Vaughan Lewis                                                                      Dr Nigel Ling

Prof Mark Macklin                                                                 Dr Guy Mawle

Dr Mike Pawson                                                                    Prof David Sear        

Will Twiddy                                                                              Dr John Webb

Dr Chris Williams                                                                  Tim Woodward

Tony Woolnough





Monday, 28th November 2016

The Environment Agency use catch return information from anglers with migratory licences to help determine the status of salmon and sea trout stocks and to target action to improve populations.

Catch returns are due by 1 January 2017

You can submit your catch return online:

Nil returns are also required !

By providing an accurate catch return you will help ensure that the right decisions are made to improve salmon and sea trout populations. 

Friday, 25th November 2016

We are very sorry to report the death of Ron Holloway today. He is a great loss to the world of trout conservation and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to his family and his large network of friends.

Just a few days before he died, WTT Director Shaun Leonard presented Ron with the Bernard Venables Award. This is the news item that announced that award: 

Ron Holloway is greatly respected in the world of wild trout fishery management. He keepered the Martyr Worthy fishery on the Itchen for 34 years and visited other fisheries, across the world, to offer his experience and bring back to the UK what he’d learned, especially in North America. In the mid-80s, he was extolling and practising ideas that are the bedrock of today’s fishery management: Ron spoke of the need for holistic catchment management and used woody debris to create cover and habitat diversity in his own river. His first book, You Should Have Been Here Last Thursday, outlined his thinking and tales from decades on and in his river. Ron has influenced and inspired many of today’s riverkeepers and activists for our rivers and their trout, including lots of students (and staff) at Sparsholt. He was a founding father of the Wild Trout Society, the progenitor of the Wild Trout Trust.

So, all in all, a pretty good reason why Ron Holloway is WTT’s 2016 winner of the Bernard Venables Award, as it “recognises lifetime services to wild trout conservation, and honours those whose vital work, often unusual, sometimes outstanding, often goes unrecognised”.

Well done, Ron and thank you from all at WTT and from all the UK’s spotties.

Ron Holloway



Sunday, 20th November 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted for our application for funding to the Aviva Community Fund to by-pass a huge weir on the River Goyt. Our final score was 4,932 votes.

We have now reached the final stage when the project will be assessed by the Aviva Community Fund judges panel. 

We will know whether or not we have been successful on 10 January. 

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

goy weir

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