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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 […]

Urban river restoration: Tree kickers on the Goyt

Way back in November 2010 when we explored Stockport’s River Goyt for Trout in Dirty Places (and interviewed local river restorationist Andrew Parker and other officials of the Disley & New Mills Angling Club), one of the most fascinating angles on this river’s recovery story was the structures called tree kickers installed in the channel. Securely […]

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: Monday 22 September

Makeover for the Medlock: Paul Gaskell reports from last week’s community launch event on the notorious Red River Fly Forums regulars mourn the passing of Gary Hyde: one of the Yorkshire Calder’s greatest guides, fly tyers and environmental advocates URES wins 3rd place for Best Environmental Project in this year’s National Lottery Awards Restoring the […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 24 February

Our first preview of Rochdale’s soon-to-be-daylighted River Roch (where the BBC also went urbexing to find their own angle) Rangeley-Wilson writes again: All the futures we have wished for the Buckinghamshire Wye A new urban river cleanup group forms in Sleaford: spot the value of social media… 150 volunteers in less than 3 months! Salford […]

Merry Christmas to all our readers!

As the great Brian Clarke once said, if there’s anything that can be picked up, carried and dropped, you’ll find it in the Wandle. And so it was that in the last moments of December’s Wandle Trust community river cleanup, our good friend (and fellow fishing writer) Jason Hill spotted something in the water… and […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 19 August

Remembering Peter Lapsley: writer, conservationist, President of the Wandle Piscators and much more Urban fly-fishing in Germany: Tankred Rinder reports from the post-industrial River Rur in Monschau Less heat, more light? An ongoing (currently civilised and seemingly well-informed) discussion of fracking in the UK context Lost urban rivers beneath our feet, and why they’re important […]

Film night: Resilience and sharing a sense of place

Via the Wild Trout Trust’s Trout in the Town blog comes this superb video from the recent Urban River Champions’ Conclave, hosted 3 weekends ago by Salford Friendly Anglers. Over 40 minutes, keynote speaker (and urban tenkara fisher, blade-runner and river restorationist) Phil Sheridan tells a quietly riveting story of global travel, personal resilience, and […]

Trout in the Classroom: Rewilding kids and rivers

This time last week, environmental writer-campaigner George Monbiot (personal mottos: Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable and Unreconstructed idealist, professional troublemaker) visited south London’s River Wandle to watch the Wandle Trust’s Trout in the Classroom trout fry release by local urban schoolkids in Morden Hall Park. His feature about the project and its wider implications […]

Film night: Getting wet feet in Burnley

As the clocks slowly tick down towards those HLF announcements, the Ribble Rivers Trust has just released this volunteer-produced video demonstrating how much impact the URES initiative has already had amongst the communities of Burnley as part of the Ribble Life project. It’s an excellent 7-minute summary of how such a project can begin to […]

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