Periods of settlement and industrialisation have seen exploitation and pollution of waterways throughout the world. This is clearly recorded in history and for some regions remains a present and major issue. It is only through the work of individuals like contributing writer, Theo Pike, their regional restoration groups, like the Wandle Trust, and national organisations like the Wild Trout Trust, and Trout Unlimited, that some of our watercourses support fisheries at all. The environmental issues implicated, action groups, and activities arising, are the focus for this section.

Aliens 2: Invasive Species: Signal crayfish

Wandle Restoration Part XVI


Aliens 2 When it comes to identifying and dealing with aquatic invasive non-native species, can there be anyone better equipped than a bunch of motivated, knowledgeable anglers? Well, sometimes, yes. But everyone has to start somewhere, and it never hurts … Continue reading

Aliens 1

Wandle Restoration Part XV


In autumn 2010, fear of aquatic INNS hit Britain’s national headlines when the colourfully-nicknamed ‘Killer Shrimp’ were found in Cardiff Bay, Grafham and Eglwys Nunnyd reservoirs. By spring 2012 they’d spread to the Norfolk Broads Continue reading


Wandle Restoration Part XIV


Trout tank trilogy: part 3 24 February Remember that trout habitat chart from the Wild Trout Trust’s “Survival Guide” in my article last September – with recommendations for the structures, depths and speeds of water preferred by trout at different stages of … Continue reading


Wandle Restoration Part XIII


Trout tank trilogy: part 2 21 January The trout eggs started hatching today! There’s an almost-metallic tang in my nostrils as I flip the lid of the aquarium for its morning inspection, with a rim of white foam on the … Continue reading


Wandle Restoration Part XII


Trout tank trilogy: part 1 17 December The tank arrived this afternoon. The door-bell rings, and there’s Gideon with trout tank and beer chiller number 20, the last spares from the “Trout in the Classroom” project this year. After all, … Continue reading

young trout

Wandle Restoration Part XI


Trout and Salmon in the Classroom Apparently, education can be a tricky business at the start of the 21st century. Health and Safety, those three little words we were talking about last month, don’t just mean effort and administration for … Continue reading

Gloves and grapple

Wandle Restoration Part X


Staying Safe Health and Safety. Who’d ever have thought that those three little words – so caring and friendly – could strike such terror into the heart of someone who wants to Get Stuff Done? But at the start of … Continue reading

Rubbish pile

Wandle Restoration Part IX


Zero tolerance and the art of urban river cleanups This month, let’s start our thoughts about rivers with a little word association. What’s the link between a river full of rubbish, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the Big Apple, and an … Continue reading


Wandle Restoration Part VIII


Rock-turning for experts When you picked up a fly rod for the first time, there were probably several things you never thought you’d learn to do – and that’s if you’d even heard of them. First, there was certainly the … Continue reading


Wandle Restoration Part VII


Cracking the code In days of yore, O Best Beloved, there were many ways of measuring the quality of a river. There were chemical scores, apparently, and there were aesthetic scores, and there were biotic scores aplenty. But there still … Continue reading