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Film night: Riverfly monitoring (and much more) on Sheffield’s prize-winning Porter Brook

So, this film is already showing on the Wild Trout Trust’s Trout in the Town site, but we reckon it’s so important that we want to mirror it here too. Mending urban and rural rivers alike is all about restarting natural processes, as well as making sure that improvements are bedding in properly. And the […]

Pic of the day: From Wincanton to the Wandle

Sharing the urban river love is what Urbantrout and Trout in the Town are all about… … and we know from long experience that there’s no better way to do it than supporting each others’ volunteer events. A case in point: CATCH chair Gary Hunt recently took a day trip from Somerset to south London, […]

London Rivers Week 2017 is here!

If you’re into urban rivers and everything about them (like we are) there’s no bigger or better event than London Rivers Week… … which has just been launched on the banks of the Ravensbourne in Ladywell Fields in Lewisham. As Thames21’s London Rivers Week web hub says: London Rivers Week aims to inspire people like […]

Pic of the day: Fun in the sun, cleaning up the Frome

It’s fair to say that this photo caused a bit of unexpected kerfuffle when it appeared on Facebook a few days ago (Can you or can’t you legally pull shopping trolleys and other rubbish out of your local river? The authoritative answer: Yes, you can!) We also say: Kudos to Dan, Simon and Richard and […]

Marine plastic pollution: Catch it in your river first!

If Broken Windows Theory didn’t exist, you could almost make a case for not pulling all the shopping trolleys out of urban rivers. After all, when every other scrap of habitat has been dredged out or covered in concrete, even a stray shopping cart can offer shelter for fish and invertebrates from floods and predators… … […]

Urbantrout Kryptek camouflage fishing caps land a cameo role in Channel 4’s Eden

What if we could start all over again… and what would you take with you if you could? That’s the premise of Channel 4’s new reality / survival show Eden. 23 participants have been marooned on a remote Scottish peninsula for a year, and left to fend for themselves. Each person has been allowed to […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 23 May

David West Beale fishes tenkara on the Wandle Defra’s press release about new fish passage legislation highlights the economic benefit of surprising urban fishing hotspots Not just Trout in the Town: new bugs move into Sheffield’s newly-deculverted stretch of the Porter Brook (and a multi-million pound STW project will make the Don cleaner too!) Tackling […]

UK River Prize 2016: Wandle wins urban category

Here at Urbantrout, it’s no secret that the River Wandle is very close to our hearts (in fact it’s right across the road from where we’re tapping out this blog post in the depths of south London). So it’s been quite a buzz to hear that the Wandle Trust’s work on the Carshalton arm of […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 11 January

Cleaning up after the floods: 25 volunteers from the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust tackle debris in Bury’s Springwater Park “Flood management is more or less where medicine was in the 17th century: unscientific and irrational”: George Monbiot tackles Permanent Ineligible Features (PIFs) and farming subsidy public spending that ‘rushes rivers into our homes‘… … and […]

Pic of the day: Lest we forget…

It’s already gone kinda viral across several social media channels… but now this astonishing shot of rubbish pulled out of the Wandle has also appeared in the Wandle Trust’s full report on Remembrance Sunday’s community cleanup… … we reckon it’s well worth reposting here for the record. On this evidence, the Plough Lane (aka Barbel Alley) stretch of […]

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