Archive for the tag 'Urban rivers'

Urban river restoration: New strength in numbers for grayling in Chesterfield’s Rother

For those of us who like to make a note of future fishing prospects on our urban rivers (not to mention small but significant rewilding stories for our favourite inner city ecosystems!) here’s a good one for the diary. On 25 June this year, according to Brian Clarke in the Grayling Society’s latest newsletter… … the […]

Cleaning up the Mersey Basin: Urban river cleanups for World Rivers Day 2015 and beyond

Inspired by the success of community cleanup events on urban rivers all over the UK (including the Don, Cale, Slea and Wandle), the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust has announced a new series of last-Sunday-of-the-month river cleanups across the Manchester area. Cleanups will run from 10.30am until around 2pm, and heavy gloves, hot drinks and cake […]

Pic of the day: Tipping point

You know that moment when all your friends’ Facebook and Twitter feeds start saying we’re tipping over from trout time into grayling season on our urban rivers and streams? Yes, that moment. (Photo: Adrian Grose-Hodge)

Film night: CATCHing up on the Cale

Just in case you missed this back in April (even if you didn’t, it’s still well worth another look) here’s a great little video recording the moment when CATCH committee members and their local Environment Agency team got all low-cost medieval on a significant barrier to fish migration on the Cale in Wincanton. (And while […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 31 August

How London’s rivers got their names: Londonist takes a tongue-in-cheek look at hidden urban etymology In memory of urban fly-fishing guide Gary Hyde: Fly Forums regular Danny Gill organises a most excellent friendly charity fishing competition on Sheffield’s River Don… … while the Don Catchment Rivers Trust secures £154k from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and […]

Pic of the day: If Carlsberg did balsam bashing…

It’s a fact that invasive non-native species like Himalayan balsam positively thrive in places where the balance of nature has already been thrown out of whack by human activities (not to mention the human activity of bringing them to western Europe from their native home in the Himalayas in the first place!) This makes urban […]

Urbantrout welcomes the launch of Rewilding Britain

This morning saw the official launch of a new national charity, Rewilding Britain, with an only slightly ambitious mission statement that includes… … mass restoration of ecosystems in Britain, on land and at sea, reversing the decline in nature so that living systems and our sense of wonder can thrive. Some might argue that the […]

Urban fly-fishing report: River Aa, Ouve-Wirquin

Thanks to our good friend Jeremy Lucas, the Urbantrout team has been out on the road again… this time exploring some of the chalkstreams of northern France. One of these was the River Aa: a ruisseau craie that rises at Bourges on the high chalk plateau of the Artois region, and flows broadly north east […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 June

The urban trout of a lifetime? Just like that, Manchester’s mighty Irwell system gives up a double for Stewart Carson (and maybe a sea trout too?) Tenkara in the Town hits Sheffield’s Hillsborough College Daylighting the Roch: work starts in Rochdale town centre Now open to the public for the first time in 100 years, a […]

Pic of the day: Urban paradise

What do we mean by posting a second (gasp) successive pic of the day from the Wandle? We say: well, y’know, it’s Urbantrout’s home water, and when a once-dead city stream is kicking out wild trout of this stamp, we’d be rude not to celebrate our epic good fortune just a little bit. (Maybe most […]

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