The Wild Trout Trust
We are a registered charity that works for the conservation of wild trout in the UK and Ireland through the protection and restoration of habitat.
Britain has only one native species of trout – the brown trout, Salmo trutta. It can only thrive in clean, well-oxygenated rivers and lakes. It is as symbolic of bright waters as the kingfisher and the otter, as synonymous with an unspoiled landscape as the skylark and the wild rose.
Pollution, increasing abstraction and destruction of its habitat have long been driving the fish from its former, widespread strongholds. Today, too often – even in the remote places – only remnant populations cling on.
Pollution and abstraction are both long-term problems requiring long-term solutions. Improvements to habitat – the physical environment in which the fish lives, feeds and attempts to breed – can give benefits to the fish today. Other benefits accrue to the wild flowers, insects, birds and animals that live on the surrounding land. It is this practical, widely-beneficial, here-and-now habitat work that the Wild Trout Trust was founded to promote.
The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity. It is the only national body dedicated to the protection and survival of this iconic fish species, a living – and too often dying – indicator of the health of the landscape around us.
The WTT was founded as the Wild Trout Society in 1997 and achieved charitable status in 1999. In the few years since, the WTT has established an enviable reputation in the wider conservation field.
The Trust is a favoured partner of the Environment Agency and Natural England, both of which fund some of the Trust’s key conservation projects. In addition, the WTT works with the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, the Game Conservancy Trust, the Association of River Trusts and the Loughs Agency in Ireland. It has a respected voice in other forums.
Trust Achievements So Far
At the end of 2008, the WTT had conducted over 300 habitat surveys on waters in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. These surveys have already covered hundreds of kilometres of river – and 90 per cent of surveys have resulted in conservation projects. So far, these projects have improved well over 300 kilometres of water and have increased the survival chances of many struggling wild trout populations.
In addition to its direct habitat work, the WTT undertakes a range of educational activities designed to increase public understanding of the place of the wild trout in our national wildlife heritage, and the factors which govern – and threaten – the fish’s existence. Occasionally, the trust supports relevant research into these matters that other bodies either will not or cannot do.
How The Trust Works
The WTT acts as a catalyst in stimulating hands-on, in-the-water, habitat-improvement projects at a grass-roots level – effectively helping others to help themselves in the most cost-effective and efficient way.
Any individual or organisation responsible for a wild trout population – riparian owner, fishing club, community volunteer group, another charity – anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland, can call on the WTT for help, advice and support.
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