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. 


Tuesday, 24th May 2016

Support the Leaping Lights Festival run by the Severn Rivers Trust by donating via this 'Crowdfunding' campaign.

The Leaping Lights Festival is a beautiful parade of salmon lanterns through the town of Newtown, Powys that celebrates the migration of salmon into local rivers.

Children build lanterns and learn about clean rivers and atists create a spectacle finale. The message is the importance of our ancient relationship with the wildlife of our rivers.

Teaching the next generation about the salmon and how it is called back to the special place it calls home to lay eggs each year will inspire young people to care for rivers.

Saturday, 21st May 2016

The Natural Flood Management Project run by Chris Uttley for Stroud District Council is a tremendous example of what can be achieved to reduce flooding and increase biodiversity at low cost by working with a forward thinking landowner and in partnership with local stakeholders.

This video has been produced to show the principles and techniques used in Stroud that mimic the natural environment to slow the flow of water during periods of heavy rainfall. The techniques used in the stream channel will be very familiar to supporters of the WTT – lots of large woody debris!

The video is available on the Stroud Council website

Tuesday, 17th May 2016

The Irish International Fly Fair takes place at Killyleagh on 2-3 July 2016 – Ireland’s only not for profit International Fly Fair that combines fly fishing with the environment and specifically the trout, sea trout and salmon of Strangford loch and the local rivers.

This year, the Fly Fair is combined with a workshop about the role and formation of Rivers Trusts in Ireland.
The WTT will be represented at the workshop.
Attendance is free but places are limited so you are invited to register in advance.
Click here for details of how to register and the workshop agenda.

The workshop is hosted by the Dibney Rivers Conservation Trust and the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Friday, 13th May 2016

A landmark report, published 13 May, highlights the work of S&TCUK and Dr. Nick Everall of Aquascience Consultancy Ltd, looking at the diversity and abundance of aquatic invertebrates in 120 sites on 12 English rivers; 14 sites are described as 'pristine'. Phosphate enrichment and sedimentation in combination seem especially problematical. Some iconic rivers such as the Itchen, Lambourn, Test and Wensum, rank “poorly” in the census. Shrimp (Gammarus) numbers were very low across many of the sampled rivers relative to historic, Environment Agency records.

S&TCUK plan further research, including water quality testing to zero-in on the causes of water quality problems. S&TCUK stress that the “…message is that action, not talk, is now urgently needed”.

The full report, Riverfly Census 2015, is available through the S&TCUK website

Or click here for the PDF version (5MB)

The Wessex Chalk Streams and Rivers Trust have used the same methdology to anyalse the invertebrate diversity and abundance on the Rivers Itchen and Test in Hampshire. A summary of their findings is available here.

Thursday, 12th May 2016

Working with natural processes to reduce flooding (also known as Natural Flood Management or NFM) is receiving a great deal of media and professional attention particularly since the floods in late 2015. The WTT sees this as a very healthy development: working with natural processes rather than dredging and canalising rivers is good for our rivers and wildlife as well as for people and property.

The evidence for the effectiveness of NFM is gradually building and the recent report produced by the Forestry Commission on the impacts of the use of flood storage and ‘leaky dams’ on slowing the flow on the Pickering Beck is a welcome addition. 

The Environment Agency in England has a programme of research and dissemination that aims to 'allow flood and coastal erosion risk management to be carried out sustainably, improving the environment for people and wildlife'.
Click here for more details.

Alastair Driver of the Environment Agency recently visited Stroud where the local council have carried out a natural flood mnagement project. He says 'the project  is very low cost, the work achieved in a short space of time is remarkable and the results so far are striking' . Click here for a copy of his notes on the visit. 

In Scotland SEPA have produced a very useful handbook which is a practical guide to the delivery of natural flood management.


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