Wednesday, 27th July 2016

Jenny MantJenny joined the WTT as Trustee in June 2016, and is already well known to the Trust as a judge of the WTT Conservation Awards where she has used her wide knowledge of all elements of river management to assess some really fantastic initiatives over the last 6 years.  

In January 2016, Jenny joined Ricardo-AEA as a principal consultant in their water sector team. Projects in her first six months have included directing projects related to the integrated water cycle management for a water company, monitoring recommendations for river restoration (to keep her hand in), assessments of fresh water pearl mussel streams in Wales and supporting water company drought plan assessments. 

Prior to January 2016, Jenny was head of the technical team at the River Restoration Centre for 14 years where she carried out numerous river restoration advisory visits and stakeholder workshops both in the UK and Europe.  She also supported the board of directors to deliver the company's strategic operational plan and managed the technical team and budgets.   Whilst there she managed the development of the updated River Restoration Manual and the practical appraisal monitoring guidance (PRAGMO) which was translated into Japanese and provided Jenny the opportunity to demonstrate its use there – and to visit a range of fascinating river restoration projects. 

Prior to joining the River Restoration Centre, her friends teased her that she was a perpetual student, having completed a degree in Geography at Portsmouth and then stayed a few more years to complete a PhD looking at sediment and vegetation in dryland rivers in Spain.

Jenny’s technical knowledge spans fluvial geomorphology and its impact on/relationship with all aquatic  habitats, natural flood management, stakeholder engagement, project monitoring and wider catchment management.  She also has many years of business experience and for 3 years was chair of  her village’s Millennium Green which provided her with a strong insight into the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee.      

In her ‘spare’ time Jenny enjoys walking, cycling, traveling, tennis and seems to always end up being  involved with projects within her local community. She is never averse to spending time along a river and is happy to get stuck in with the practical side of restoration.  Ultimately anything outdoors and she is happiest.   

Click here for more details about WTT Trustees and Staff.

Thursday, 14th July 2016

Applications for entries to the WTT Conservation Awards close on 31 July.
The form filling part of the process is minimal and short-listed applicants will be interviewed by the judges who will seek to tease out the important stuff. 

Winners of the awards for Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation (formerly amateur entries) and the Medium-Sized Habitat Enhancement Scheme both receive a trophy and £1000; all three award winners enter the pantheon of greats.

Enter your project, large or small now ! 

Thursday, 14th July 2016

Sportfish Reading are hosting the launch event for National Fishing Month on 22 July. For full details of the event, click here.

The launch event will be a customised day full of hands-on angling opportunities, the event focus is on youngsters and newcomers and falls in line with the core ethos of National Fishing Month. 

There will be tutored fishing on the lake, one-to-one advice from some of the biggest names in the sport, and demonstrations throughout the day that will illustrate just how easy it is to get started.


Monday, 27th June 2016

Mike Swan, hugely respected adviser with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, will talk on the topic of mink and water voles to the Loddon Fisheries & Conservation Consultative on Thursday 14 July 2016 at Swallowfield Parish Hall, near Reading, RG7 1QX. Kick off 7.30pm.

Mike is a great speaker and the subject will be of interest to everyone involved with river conservation

Monday, 27th June 2016

If you missed the WTT's Annual Get Together recently at Langford Lakes in Wiltshire, here is a five minute recap of what the Wild Trout Trust managed to do for trout streams across the UK between summer 2015 and summer 2016.

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Tuesday, 21st June 2016

The latest of edition of the online, not for profit magazine, Eat Sleep Fish, has an excellent article about catch and release by Brian Huskey of 'Keep 'em Wet'

Keep em wet logo

For more information (including a video) on Catch and Release, see our Wild Trout Fishing page and watch out for an article in our Summer Newsletter. 

Catch and Release guidance also features on the reverse of our trout length / weight cards. You can buy a rod measure and the waterproof card for just  £3.50 in our shop.

The same edition of Eat Sleep Fish also includes an article by Peter Anderson about the auction lot fishing days that he purchased this year.

And when you have enjoyed a good read, buy an Eat Sleep Fish T-shirt !  All profits go the WTT.


Tuesday, 14th June 2016

In voting results announced today, the brown trout pipped the stickleback to become the UK’s National Fish.

Paul Prcoter fish

We at the Wild Trout Trust know that our native trout is a special fish: it's the most amazingly varied species, recovers from much of the abuse that humanity throws at it, lives in many of our rivers (even in some surprising places) and where it thrives, we know that the river or lake that is its home is doing OK.

And if the river is doing OK, so is the land that drains into that river or lake.

So, thriving trout populations tell us that the countryside that we all cherish is doing well and that's what the Wild Trout Trust is working to see: trout thriving wherever they should be.

Photo: Paul Procter

More about the vote:

Over 7000 votes were cast in the first National Fish Vote. The brown trout received the most votes (21%), followed by the stickleback (16%) and the tench (13%).

The result was announced on BBC Springwatch – to see the announcement, click here and view at just under 46 minutes in to the programme.

Thank you to all our supporters and lovers of brown trout for voting and making the brown trout the winner.

Thanks also to Jack Perks for running the vote and raising the profile of fish as an important, but under-valued aspect of British wildlife. 

Monday, 13th June 2016

WTT is a non-political organisation. However, in light of the potential implications of the forthcoming EU referendum for the objectives of the WTT (river habitats and their wildlife), allied with a perception that the public is seeking better, more objective information, we would draw our supporters' attention to a recent report  prepared for the RSPB, WWF UK and the Wildlife Trusts:  

WTT considers that this report appears to present a balanced view which concludes that "…it is likely that a UK departure from the EU would leave the British environment in a more vulnerable and uncertain position than if the country were to remain as a member of the EU". WTT is not telling our supporters how to vote, nor do we make any comments on wider implications of EU membership; we are commenting solely on the implications relevant to our mission and aims.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016

Chalk stream anglers spend a lot of their time amongst water meadows, but few are aware of the purpose and historical significance of these unique and artificial landscapes. Now, thanks to a grant of £28,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding from Wiltshire Council, the historically and ecologically unique water meadow systems of the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire are to be the subject of an historical research and public awareness project

This project is led by Michael Heaton, archeological advisor to the Wild Trout Trust. 

Click here for more details

Monday, 30th May 2016

The latest edition of the Riverfly Partership newsletter is available here

It includes details of  4th National Riverfly Conference ‘Riverfly Monitoring and Beyond’, which will be held in the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London on Thursday 17th November and news of the Anglers River Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) database. 


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