Archive for the tag 'Education and engagement'

Bristol calling: The Fishtolian podcasts

From this week onwards, Pete Tyjas’s famous Fly Culture podcast starts hosting a series of takeovers by The Fishtolian: a mission by Pete Coleman-Smith and Jon Ogborne to find wild brown trout in Bristol, inspired by the Trout in the Trym project. From the series intro: Bristol would never be the first place that springs […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 4 July

Citizen science is making a comeback… … and it’s boosting a British river revival (with this 20-year milestone for the Wandle too!) Weir today, gone tomorrow: demolition work starts on the River Kent’s Bowston paper mill weir Tackling plastic pollution with beach cleans in Cornwall, with lots of resonance for urban river restorationists including mental […]

Fins and Finns: Rewilding Oulujoki and other Nordic rivers

One of the wider Urbantrout team has recently been spending time in the Finnish city of Oulu, and simultaneously we’ve noticed a certain uptick in news from Finland’s urban and otherwise post-industrial rivers (of course, correlation still doesn’t amount to causation, no matter how influential we like to think our various team members really are…) […]

10 years of Urbantrout and Trout in Dirty Places

This month, it’s 10 years since Trout in Dirty Places launched on a (mostly) unsuspecting world. Merlin Unwin Books and Granger’s fly shop threw us one hell of a party, and for a few days, the weird idea of fishing in urban rivers was making headlines across the media, including the Independent, Radio New Zealand, […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 17 January

Want to hatch mayflies in your classroom? The Wild Trout Trust launches an excitingly updated creative science kit… … while Bristol Avon Rivers Trust has been hard at work engaging communities in the Marden valley around Calne Urban rewilding: the Guardian’s view of nature taking over (with bonus link to George Monbiot writing about Trout […]

Pic of the day: Riverfly monitoring with a TWIST

Thanks to lots of enthusiasm from local volunteers, Somerset’s urban rivers now have a new cohort of qualified riverfly monitors to look after them. Click through to this report on the Wild Trout Trust website to find out more, and how to get involved in the exciting new TWIST (Transforming Waterways In Somerset Towns) project…

Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins the UK’s first Prix Charles Ritz

Whichever way you look at it, there’s never been a more important time for international learning, collaboration and celebration for everyone who’s involved in restoring rivers. The Prix Charles Ritz has been awarded in France for many years… … endors(ing) conservation focused on the recovery of wild fish populations in balance with their natural environment, […]

Sharing the international urban river love: Urbantrout goes to Baltimore

Here in the UK, when we think of American rivers, it’s likely to be the mighty Madison and other Montana rivers that come to mind – or maybe the spring creeks of Pennsylvania that almost mirror the geology and water chemistry of our own chalkstreams. What’s less well appreciated is that the US (and especially […]

Film night: Longinoja, from gutter to creek

 Among European river menders, the restoration of Longinoja brook has become a textbook example of local activism persuading local communities and public bodies alike to start valuing a little urban stream again. Flowing through the Finnish city of Helsinki, this important sea-trout spawning tributary of the Vantaanjoki River was historically dredged and otherwise modified […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 14 January

Speeding into 2019: Wincanton’s CATCH crew clean up the Cale… … while River Holme Connections volunteers line up the scooters in Huddersfield! Salmon in dirty places? Spotting migratory fish on Taunton’s River Tone New year, new fightback: helping British rivers repel invasive non-native species… … and here’s INNS researcher Zara Pattison again with latest news […]

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