Archive for the tag 'Fish passage'

The Urbantrout Diaries: Year of mending urban rivers

After a few months’ break, our Urbantrout Diaries series returned to Flyfishing.co.uk just before Christmas… … with a blockbuster mini-series reviewing all the great urban river restoration projects that took place across the UK in 2014: Part 1: Weir removal, fish passage and remeandering on the Wandle Part 2: Community engagement, WFD compliance and Wild […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 December

Providing local groups with professional advice, confidence and contacts: Paul Gaskell reviews how the Wild Trout Trust helped to kick-start the Wandle’s ‘truly outstanding’ river restoration programme (and how this success inspired the WTT’s full-on Trout in the Town project) More Wandle coverage: celebrating 2 years of volunteers monitoring urban diffuse pollution, and hitting international headlines in […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 3 November

Does urban fishing even exist? Andy Buckley gets all philosophical about the perceptions and realities of fishing in the city Make your bid count: the legendary Peter Lapsley‘s personal fly tying kit goes under the hammer in aid of the Wild Trout Trust Fish passage, sediment transport, eutrophication, heavy metals: basin-scale plans for restoring the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Tuesday 22 April

Every fish pushed you and your tackle to the limit… Stuart Minnikin goes urban fishing in Slovenia Milling history in Burnley (including a shout out for the Ribble Rivers Trust’s URES fish passage project) Magic mushrooms: the UK’s first mycofiltration project takes root on the Wandle Soft covers for Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s Silt Road (it’s also been longlisted for […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 25 November

‘Sculpin’, ‘Trout’ and ‘Shrimpy’ go urban grayling fishing somewhere up north… no hotspotting here! Salford Friendly Anglers launch their revamped website, including an urgent appeal to stand up for the Irwell in the Environment Agency’s Challenges and Choices consultation London calling: making headlines in The Angler, undoing historic dredging and impoundment damage on the Hogsmill, and […]

The Urbantrout Diaries: Discovering the Dour

A few weeks ago the South East Rivers Trust team (with Urbantrout editor specially embedded) took a tour of Dover to find out more about another urban chalkstream, the Dour. Around this little river’s neatly ponded headwaters, manicured public parks now take the place of mill-owners’ private grounds: from here, its chalky, gravelly gradient quickly […]

Restoring the Red River: Manchester’s River Medlock

At last week’s Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards (no urban winners this time, but we salute them all just the same!) many of our fellow river restorationists kept coming back to one fascinating subject of debate… … the massive ongoing project work by the Environment Agency, Groundwork and the Irwell Rivers Trust to restore Manchester’s […]

Urban fly-fishing report: Calder, Irwell and Tame

With successive weather fronts blowing in from the Atlantic, flexibility and a functioning sense of humour were just enough to bring success when the Urbantrout team visited northern Manchester’s river systems last weekend. Starting our campaign on one of those classically post-industrial Calder tributaries, we indulged our passion for urban exploration to find bruiser trout […]

Film night: Wandle mills and the lessons of hydropower history

This being the UK’s National Mills Weekend, we thought we’d take this opportunity to show an intriguing little film which recently came to our attention, thanks to the excellent Wandle Industrial Museum. Almost 12 minutes of footage (somewhat hauntingly, no soundtrack) show several Wandle mill wheels still turning at some time during the 1960s or […]

Breaking news: Burnley URES wins HLF funding for urban river restoration and public engagement

Great news just in: the Ribble Rivers Trust’s Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES) in Burnley (which we previously blogged about here and here) has been awarded £674,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since October 2011, the 18-month development phase of the project, led by Victoria Dewhurst, has already produced a wide range of investigative studies […]

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