Last weekend Gideon and I took the train up to Sheffield – and the first ever Trout in the Town Urban River Conclave – to bring the Wandle Trust perspective to what promised to be a fascinating weekend organised by the edgy urban arm (or would that be fin?) of the Wild Trout Trust.
And fascinating it proved, with many long-awaited meetings of like minds – and faces finally put to blog posts, email addresses, and half-heard rumours of trouty commitment out there in the urban badlands.
Thanks to our local guides, SPRITE leader John Blewitt and crack caddis expert Stuart Crofts, trout and even grayling were caught on the second day (yes, that’s Gideon fishing the Don below a city-centre weir).
On other rivers around the UK, under the auspices of the Trout in the Town project, we’re delighted to see other local ecologists and anglers starting out on the road we at the Wandle Trust began to travel all those years ago.
And with the onward march of technology, they’re using t’interweb to launch awareness of their efforts too.
On South Yorkshire’s urban River Don, Sheffield’s Partnership for Rivers in Town Environments (SPRITE) has just run its first community cleanup – complete with YouTube coverage and so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal voiceover from the Wild Trout Trust‘s Paul Gaskell…
… whilst over in East Lancashire Colne Water Angling Club and the Friends of Greenfield are starting their own progamme of river cleanups and education.
Quite brings a reminiscent tear to our eye, so it does!
A big well done to everyone else involved with Trout in the Town so far, and long may their successes continue.