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  1. #1
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    Default Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Ace stuff achieved by the superstars at the Wandle Trust that I have been lucky enough to work with on their habitat restoration this year. Hats off to Tim Longstaff for driving a punishing programme of working parties following the techniques and designs that we came up with. Hats off too to the volunteers and also to Bella and Theo for continuing to steer the Wandle Trust to ever-greater achievements.

    Spawning trout! — The Wandle Trust

    The spawning trout are using the introduced gravels that have been invigorated by a combination of channel narrowing, weir notching and Large Woody Debris installations that are designed to focus scouring flows on specific areas of the stream bed.

    At the moment these fish have their origins as "Trout in the Classroom" fish and the fact that they are finding the habitat improvements and making breeding attempts is a very encouraging "proof of concept" that the habitat modifications are worthwhile.
    In future though, I very much hope to battle successfully for the permission to source and use wild parr from several suitable donor populations to see what they make of the improved habitat. The expectation is that wild fish ought to enjoy greater survival and reproduction success in the wild compared to more domesticated strains.
    Importantly, the use of parr (rather than adult wild brood stock) from systems that produce sufficient densities of juveniles that naturally undergo "density dependent mortality" will ensure that we don't damage the donor river populations.

    Happy New Year indeed.

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    Default Re: Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Lovely report, excellent work again from the WTT and the Wandle Trust.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading about all of these improvements and updates, it must be very rewarding to see it paying off so soon. Hope that the spawnings result in a successful 2012 cohort of parr.

    N

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    Default Re: Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Great work Paul
    It is in truth not glory,nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting,but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with his life.(Declaration of Arbroath, 1320)

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    Default Re: Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Cheers Paul - it might sound trite to say we certainly wouldn't be where we are today without the technical and moral support of the professional blokes like you at the Wild Trout Trust... but it would be absolutely true.

    (Cue violins as happily spawning trout wiggle away into the sunset, fin in fin!)

    Theo

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    Default Re: Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Cheers guys - and Right Back At You Theo - because without groups like yours; there is very little that four conservation officers at the WTT could physically deliver on the ground!

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    I think Congratulations are in order..

    Well done to you all, and the best of luck to the little ones.

    cheers,

    Andy
    Wm. Salter & Grandson - Merchants
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    Default Re: Happy Wandle Xmas spawning trout

    Well done all, absolutely amazing given the history of this river!

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    great news, more trout within the M25!

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