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Friday, 10th May 2013

Natural England have released funding for invasive speciescontrol onthe River Axe. Funding will support local coordinators in East Devon/West Dorset to organise catchment based removal of Himalayan balsam. However, volunteers are needed, interested individuals should contact John Bell at jmb@jmb.eclipse.co.uk. (rewards may be available).

 

 

Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Two new videos with WTT Conservation Officer Paul Gaskell, aimed at fishing clubs and syndicates, are below (click refresh if the video frame does not appear).
For more advice on stocking farmed fish, please contact your local WTT Conservation Officer. Phone numbers and email addresses are here.
More information and advice on stocking is available on the website - click here.

The first film discusses how to manage your trout population in the river, to get the best value for money from the fish that you stock as well as helping your wild trout population.

 

Our advice to clubs who feel they need to stock farmed fish to overcome poor habitat or to support catch and kill angling is: 

  • Make adult habitat as good as possible in order to retain stock fish on your reach
  • Use marked sterile (triploid) stock fish
  • Set realistic numbers for stocking – no more than 1 fish per 50m2 of total river area.  
  • Stock small batches of fish frequent intervals.
  • Have designated stocked areas that cater for members who wish to catch and kill fish
  • Maintain catch and release, wild fish only reserve sections
  • Remove as many stock fish as possible at the end of the season. Do not feed fish over winter.
  • Team up with other clubs on your river and have a ‘joined up’ stocking policy

The second film explains why stocking your river with fertile farmed fish does not help to boost the population of wild trout, and how stopping stocking (even after hundreds of years) will help wild populations to recover.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 26th April 2013

Coln open day participants and wild trout

A stretch of the River Coln in Gloucestershire has been transformed from a previously straight, uniform section of water into a meandering river with ideal habitat for fish. Work included adding gravel to the river bed where trout can spawn, creating a series of pools and turning an old mill race into a fish pass, allowing trout to swim upstream past a weir.

The restoration was showcased at a recent open day hosted by educational charity The Ernest Cook Trust with Vaughan Lewis of the Cotswold Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, the Wild Trout Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. The day was supported by the Wild Trout Trust, with WTT Conservation officer and habitat restoration expert Andy Thomas on hand to explain the habitat restoration techniques used by the WTT (click here for more information on habitat restoration for wild trout). 

 

Ernest Cook Trust Press release

Monday, 22nd April 2013

 

Job vacancy in EA Anglian Region. 

An interesting job opportunity has arisen in EA's Anglian Region: click here for further information. WTT is working closely with the team in this patch (for example on the Welland and Witham) and we look forward to keeping that relationship going with the new employee, when in post.

Monday, 15th April 2013

2013 has seen a significant increase in the uptake of Mayfly in the Classroom (MiC) by schools and organisations (click here for MiC information). So far, the following orgnisations and individuals have been trained, supplied and helped by the WTT to kick start their own classroom projects with local schools:

Scotland: RAFTS, West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust, Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust, Moray Firth Fisheries Trust, Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, Dee Fisheries Trust

Wales:  Llangattock Primary School, Our Lady St Michaels Primary School, the Wye and Usk Foundation & local volunteers.

England: Falmouth Marine College, Young Anglers Club Coaches Oxfordshire, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Beaucroft School Dorset, Twyford School Hants, Wimborne First School, Meonstoke School, Otterbourne School, Broughton Primary School, Kings Somborne Primary School, Duncton Primary School Sussex, the Newbury Renewal project, Shaw School Newbury, the Winchcomb School Newbury. 

Future participants include:

The River Chess Association and local schools.

Lincolnshire chalkstreams project.

FORCE River Crane and schools.

Wincanton schools workshop with local volunteers.

If you are interested in seeing Mayfly in the Classroom in your local schools contact the WTT Research & Engagement officer by clicking here.

 

Thursday, 11th April 2013

A project to remove an obstacle to fish migration and improve in-stream habitat has just been completed on the River Gwash (or Guash), Rutland.  The Welland Rivers Trust, Wild Trout Trust and Environment Agency worked together to remove a redundant sluice and reconnect meanders which were cut-off when the river was historically straightened.  The opportunity for the improvement was spotted by Tim Jacklin of the Wild Trout Trust during an advisory visit for Guash Fishing Club in February 2011 and suggested to the Environment Agency which provided funding to Welland Rivers Trust to develop and deliver the project.  Tim assisted with obtaining the necessary consents and Tony Rawlings of Welland Rivers Trust secured landowner permissions and managed the delivery of the project.

Caroline Tero, Fisheries & Biodiversity Team Leader at the Environment Agency in Lincoln, said, “This is a great example of partnership working at a local level delivering tangible benefits for the river environment.  The project complements the extensive improvement works taking place across the wider Welland catchment under the Water Framework Directive pilot project.”

 

Before:  Borderville Weir on the River Gwash near Stamford – a redundant structure blocking fish migration and impounding the river

Before:  The sluice structure at the head of an old channel alongside the weir

After:  The old sluice removed, diverting the river around the redundant weir

Before: Upstream of the weir, the straightened River Gwash, with cut off meanders on the far bank (amongst the bushes)

After: Reconnected meanders restore sinuosity to the channel.

Thursday, 11th April 2013

The River Annan FT has been using anglers to monitor fish stocks on the River for a number of years. This has helped the Fisheries Trust to better understand the river's stock structure. This Spring and early Summer, the focus of the excercise is on the brown trout fishery, in particular what size ranges of fish are in different parts of the river. For more information and how to get involved, you can view the flyer by clicking here.

The event will be held over a number of days: 13th April, 11th May, 9th Jun, 14th July and 11th August

Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

Four new short videos have just been added to the WTT website. You can access the videos from this page (you may need to click 'refresh' to see the video frame). More videos are available on our video hub

Creating scour pools in low energy chalk streams:  Andy Thomas of the WTT demonstrates habitat improvement on the Upper Itchen in a joint project with the Environment Agency. 

Loddon Rivers Week: volunteers and the Environment Agency work together with the WTT to improve habitat on the rivers Blackwater and Lightwater in Hampshire 

Day 1, introduced by Martin Salter of the Angling Trust

 

Day 2, narrated by Andy Thomas of the WTT

 

 

 The impact of buffer strips and fencing on the River Wye tributaries with the Wye and Usk Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

UDN is a disease mainly affecting wild salmon, sea trout and brown trout. It usually occurs in adult fish returning from the sea and starts as small lesions on the scale-less regions of the fish, mainly the snout, above the eye and on/ above the gill cover. On entry to fresh water lesions ulcerate and may become infected. For further information please click the following link: 

UDN – Ulcerative Dermal Necrosis

UDN occurs in cold water temperatures only and disappears over the summer. The last major outbreak was in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s and caused huge losses in the wild salmon population.

If any members recognize the early signs of the disease, photographs can be sent to Sandra Schlittenhardt at  sandra.schlittenhardt@stir.ac.uk to assist with an ongoing Phd at Stirling University. 

Any members wishing to help sample fish can also get in touch for instruction on how to do so.

 

 

Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

The Wild Trout Trust and SITA Trust issued this joint press release today: 

Funding boost to improve wildlife habitat on the River Great Stour at Godinton, Kent.

A group of conservationists from the Stour Valley in Kent are today celebrating the news that it has received a £24,806 funding boost from SITA Trust to carry out improvements to the wildlife habitat of the River Great Stour at Godinton Park.

Stour at Godinton

The river is currently a dredged and heavily modified channel with poor quality habitat for wildlife. 

The project will re-create a more varied river channel which will support a healthy environment for fish, insects, plants and birds as well as providing greater resilience to periods of flood and drought. The grant will fund the materials and machinery for the project, allowing the Wild Trout Trust staff and volunteers to carry out the work.
This project is a partnership between the Wild Trout Trust, Godinton House Preservation Trust, the Upper Stour Restoration Group, the Kent Countryside Partnership, the Environment Agency and SITA Trust.

Paul Bates, project coordinator for the Upper Stour Restoration Volunteers, said:

 ‘Important conservation work at the local community level is not possible without external financial backing, specialist expertise from charities such as the Wild Trout Trust and the commitment of local volunteers & supporters. All these elements are essential to get a project started & successfully completed. We are therefore extremely appreciative of the very generous funding provided by the SITA Trust’.

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for available that enhance communities and enrich nature

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www.sitatrust.org.uk

SITA Trust

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,300 projects to a combined value of over £93 million.

Enhancing Communities - SITA Trust funding enhances communities in England, Scotland and Wales by supporting community driven projects to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Enriching Nature - SITA Trust funding enriches nature by supporting biodiversity conservation projects in England and Wales

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

SITA Trust receives its funding through HM Government’s Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is donated by SITA UK, one of the nation’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Any rubbish that is thrown away and cannot be reused ends up in a landfill site. Operators of landfill sites collect tax on each tonne of landfill for HM Treasury. The purpose of this tax is to make it more expensive to put waste into landfill, in turn encouraging us to reduce our waste and recycle more.

A small proportion of this tax can be used to support a wide range of environmental projects near landfill sites, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Through the LCF over £1 billion has been invested in UK projects. SITA Trust  is part of the LCF, which  is regulated on behalf of HM Government’s Revenue & Customs by ENTRUST. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk.

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