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Sunday, 3rd April 2016
Fishing for Forces, the excellent charity working for wounded forces' veterans, is holding a special fundraising lunch at the Knightsbridge Barracks of the Household Cavalry on Wednesday 4 May 2016.
The lunch will be preceded by a tour of the farrier's workshop, the stables and the Barracks Museum. Booking in advance is essential and to do so, contact Bill Howell on email@example.com or 07850 373760.
Sunday, 3rd April 2016
The UK River Prize is an award run by the River Restoration Centre which celebrates the best in river restoration and catchment management.
After much deliberation the judges selected the four category winners;
The overall winner of the Nigel Holmes Trophy will be announced on the 26th April during the awards dinner at the River Restonation Centre Annual Conference in Blackpool.
Monday, 28th March 2016
Missed out on the Wild Trout Trust auction ? Read on.....
Kind friends and supporters of Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust have very generously donated some exciting and rarely available fishing days for the Trust to sell in order to raise much needed funds.
Many of these fabulous fishing days are on private or club waters which cannot normally be accessed by the general public – so a real opportunity for keen fishermen and women in 2016.
The fishing days range from four rods on the Itchen at the beautiful Grange Estate to a day’s guided fly fishing on the noted Wilton Club waters of the Lower Wylye with a picnic lunch on the river bank included.
To find out more and buy these incredible fishing opportunities please click here.
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
A group of conservation groups in North West England has made a funny short video highlighting the possible impact on rivers of domestic septic tanks. This appears to be an emerging (and under appreciated) issue for pollution of our rivers.
For example, work at Southampton University is showing significant loads of phosphorous in the River Itchen likely coming from domestic sewage tanks. That phosphorous promotes algal growth much to the detriment of the natural fauna and flora of the river.
Friday, 4th March 2016
An interesting talk will take place on Friday 8th April 2016 at 8pm at Forest Row in East Sussex.
The illustrated talk is about Broadstone stream, Forest Row by Guy Woodward and Alan Hildrew from University of London. Probably the world’s longest running (40 years) continuing detailed study of a stream. A fascinating insight into the effect of environmental changes on the invertebrates and on food chains in this Ashdown Forest Stream
Venue: Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ.”
This talk is organised by the Friends of Weirwood Nature Reserve Society
Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
This short video from the Loughs Agency introduces the aquatic habitats of the Finn catchment in Co Donegal, Ireland. It discusses the interaction between the landscape, landuse and water. Significant catchment impacts and natural processes are highlighted and the concept of integrated catchment management incorporating action is discussed in the context of active partnership development.
Iti s a good summary of the processes and issues that impact the quality of river habitat, relevant to many catchments and rivers.
Tuesday, 1st March 2016
We have some late additions to the auction, including:
A day fishing an exclusive family beat on the Upper Test with expert guide Bill Latham,
salmon fishing on the River Tyne with James Stokoe, winner of the BBC’s ‘The Big Fish’
and a fantastic holiday in the Pyrenees for two.
All the late lots and changes to the printed version of the catalogue are available here.
For full details of the auction, including the catalogue of over 300 lots, click here.
Friday, 26th February 2016
Our good friends of the Monnow Rivers Association are running a fundraising auction to support the fantastic work they do for the Monnow and its’ tributaries. The auction is run on Fly Forum and ends at midnight on 2 March.
Click here to see the lots and place a bid.
Friday, 26th February 2016
This is an uplifting story of a river that has recovered from chronic pollution to become a superb fishing river. Watch this excellent three part series on BBC iPlayer.
Will Millard travels from its source in the Brecon Beacons National Park to Merthyr Tydfil, and fishes for wild brown trout in an unlikely location.
Tony Rees, Chairman of the SE Wales Rivers Trust and good friend to the WTT assisted with the making of this mini-series.
If you would like to fish the Taff, bid for these lots in our auction which starts on 4 March:
Monday, 15th February 2016
Countryfile on Sunday 14th Feb had a feature on flood management which covered the theme of working with nature.
It is well worth watching! It is good to see a mainstream programme with a large audience (8.6m viewers) putting the case for natural flood management and showing the risks of dredging.
Click here to see the programme on the BBC iPlayer.
The first section, starting at 7mins in to the programme, looks as the example of the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor where the National Trust has been using a range of techniques to hold water back and slow flows on the River Aller. For a more comprehensive view of the work at Holnicote, see the video below.
The second section, at 27 minutes in to the programme, is a revamp of our Emriver video that shows the unintended consequences of dredging. The Countryfile team approached us to use this video (which we were very happy for them to do) and essentially re-created it to fit the programme.
This section also interviewed a representative from CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management). You can read the CIWEM report on floods and dredging here.