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Summer Drought 


09 August 2022
Rivers and their wildlife are currently highly stressed because of low flows caused by low rainfall, high demand and over-reliance on chalk aquifer abstraction. Add high temperatures and many species will be struggling....

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Farmer Groups in Wessex


15 July 2022
From flower rich meadows dotted with the odd sheep or cattle alongside our chalk streams to the open expanse of wheat and barley fields swaying in the breeze upon the chalky down land, Wessex is a heavily farmed landscape... 

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New River Education Sessions

09 June 2022
Saving water to protect our precious environment will be the central message of a new, funded, education session available to primary schools in the Southern Water supply area from September onwards.

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Chalk Stream Challenge


31 May 2022
The Chalk Stream Challenge was created as part of the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme and aims to get youth groups, such as Scouts and Guides, exploring and learning about our unique environments...

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Salisbury to Rome 


15 April 2022
Tom and Julie are raising money for the Wessex Rivers Trust, Salisbury District Hospital and the Salisbury Cathedral Choral Foundation by completing a sponsored walk from Salisbury to Rome! After leaving Canterbury on 22nd March, they are now making their way through France...

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World Fish Migration Day


22 March 2022
This May 21st 2022  we will be joining the global World Fish Migration Day celebrations by hosting a fun and educational day for the whole family, so you can learn more about the importance of opening up rivers and recovering migratory fish populations...

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Launching the Mink Monitoring Network

22 March 2022
Controlling American mink is an important and necessary step we are taking to protect our precious native species, such as the Water vole...

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Fishing Sale 2022


28 February 2022
Many kind friends and supporters of Wessex Rivers Trust have generously donated some exciting and rarely available fishing days for the Trust to sell. A fabulous day of fishing could be yours..

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River Restoration Volunteers

31 January 2022
Delivery season is the busiest time of year for the projects team at WessexRT and last year we had a record number of projects. Not only was this an extraordinary year for river restoration delivery we also had a small army of volunteers help make it happen...

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2021 Round Up

31 December 2021
As for so many, 2021 was a challenging year – but an incredibly rewarding one also. Before we have waded too deeply into 2022, I wanted to look back at a few of the river restoration projects we conquered in 2021...

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Meet our Growing Team...

30 November 2021
We have welcomed three new team members in the last three months, and we are looking at growing our team even further. Meet our newest members...

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Clearing Invasives with Coca Cola Volunteers

8th September 2021
Volunteers from  Coca Cola  joined our Test and Itchen INNS Project Officer for a corporate volunteer day to remove Himalayan Balsam from a stretch of the lower Itchen. See how they got on by reading more...

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Children Engourage the Cheriton Stream to Bloom

8th September 2021
If we can expand children's educational experiences so they value wildlife today, they will protect it tomorrow. Find out how by reading more...

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Introducing Tracy Standish

 7th August 2021
Since joining Wessex Rivers Trust mid-March as Education Officer for the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership scheme, the time has flown by. 

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Tackling Invasive Species on the Test and Itchen!

4th August 2021
Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) are threatening the health of our chalk streams - we need your help to tackle this problem together to save our rivers! 

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Introducing Courtney Brain   

4th August 2021
I cannot believe how lucky I am to be working on the picturesque chalk streams of Hampshire. One of my new favourite river descriptions is ‘gin clear’ waters and its so true! 

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Concerns over oil spill on the lower River Test

2nd July 2021
Wessex Rivers Trust was made aware of a fuel oil leak on the lower River Test. Read our response to this incident...

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Ripley Brook Project Update

22nd April 2021
Matt Irvine, tells us about what has been going on in the Ripley Brook this winter and spring...

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River Reflections: What they mean to us...

30th March 2021 
We all love rivers but why are they so special to us? Maddie Crabb, Trainee Project Officer, reflects on why she loves our watery wonders of the World

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River Reflections: What they mean to us...

24th March 2021 
We all love rivers but why are they so special to us? Dave Rumble, CEO, reflects on why he loves our watery wonders of Wessex...

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Covid-19: Working Closely from a Distance

12th March 2021
Covid-19 has caused so much damage to our health, socail lives, mental health and livelihoods, but has any good come out of it? We explore how the pandemic has benefitted Wessex Rivers Trust ..

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Fishing Sale 2021 Launch!

27th February 2021 
It is that time of year for you to make your bids on our exclusive offers, in our 2021 Fishing Auction. Read on for information on all the lots that are available in this year’s sale.

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Summer Temperature of Our Rivers Revealed

14th February 2021 
River temperature is a key factor influencing the life below the surface in our rivers. Find out how Jon Bass, Volunteer Scientific Officer, analyses the results...

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Get Involved in Our Crystal Clear Ebble Project

10th February 2021
We need your help to survey, protect and enhance the River Ebble. Want to find out more how you can get involved? Download our project flyer here.

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It's a #ReddAlert

14th January 2021
With an increase in the numbers of fly anglers continuing to fish through the winter months, mostly targeting grayling and pike, we have produced some guidance to help you look after Salmon and Trout spawning grounds. 

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Chalk Stream River Restoration Guide

17th December 2020
When we work with landowners on chalk stream restoration projects, we understand that everyone has different levels of knowledge with regards to the techniques we use. To support landowners we have produced a guide to river restoration techniques.

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Garden Riverbank Guide

15th December 2020
For those landowners who are fortunate enough to have a river running through their garden, we have created a guide to help you improve your river and your garden. 

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In at the Sharp End!

10th December 2020
My induction into the Wessex Rivers Trust delivery team was a day of hawthorn relocation and repurposing into a healthy berm to protect a badly eroding bank. Job satisfaction doesn’t come better than that!

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Of Fleas and Riverflies

7th December 2020
How are river invertebrates being killed by treatments we give to our pets? Dave Rumble explores this concept in this week’s blog…

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Wild Fishery Protection Zone

24th November 2020
Environment Agency plans to introduce a Wild Fishery Protection Zone (WFPZ) on the upper Itchen should be great news for wild fish populations. Wild Trout Trust describes ways they will support landowners, businesses, and anglers alike. 

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Fishing Sale 2021

24th November 2021
With this year's fishing sale being impacted by Covid-19 we are hoping next year's will be a huge success. To find out how you can support the Fishing Sale 2021 click below.

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Neil Swift Joins the Project Team

22nd October 2020
In our team meeting yesterday I was asked how my first three weeks at the Wessex Rivers Trust had been. Given that I thought, incorrectly, I was only part way through my second week we can deduce that time is indeed flying and therefore I’m definitely having fun. 

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Jim Glasspool: A Chalk Stream Champion

22nd October 2020
It is with great sadness that we report that Jim Glasspool passed away on 7th September 2020. He was a true gentleman and a fine fisherman who will be dearly missed.

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The Future of Outdoor Education

8th October 2020
Outdoor learning may become an increasingly vital tool for primary education with the constantly changing regulations and restrictions surrounding Covid-19. 

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Fishing Auction Success Story

8th October 2020
Each year Wessex Rivers Trust holds a fishing auction which is sponsored by many of our generous supporters. This year we had a lot with a difference, which William Sleeman kindly explains...

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Getting stuck in at the Trust

23rd September 2020
I am a final year Geography undergrad, studying at the University of Birmingham. With my graduation date looming and thereby, the prospect of having to get an actual job; I felt that it was important to gain some practical work experience.

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Dave Rumble Join Wessex Rivers Trust

23rd September 2020
Dave takes the reins from Martijn, as Wessex Rivers Trust's CEO. Diving in at the deep end with an office move during a global pandemic and the beginning of the project delivery season is a challenge Dave has not shied away from. 

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Coarse Fish in Our Rivers

4th August 2020
Whilst many of the rivers in our area are famed for their Brown trout, Grayling or Salmon, it is sometimes easy to forget the diversity of non-salmonid species that swim in our rivers, referred to as ‘coarse’ fish.

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Flow-Resilient River Habitat

4th August 2020
The River Test is world famous; considered the cradle of English fly fishing and epitomising the chalk stream experience. Just the mention of its name conjures images of gin-clear water, bright, clean gravel, lazily waving Water crowfoot and sturdy, speckled, almost-golden chalk stream Brown trout.

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Lets Talk About the Weater

18th June 2020
We Brits love to talk about the weather, it’s just one of those things that define us as a nation. But how does it affect our fish? Read more to find out the facts...

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Work Industry Placements at Wessex Rivers Trust

12th June 2020
Joshua David has been working with us as a work industry placement student since November, 2019. Find out how he is finding his experience so far... 

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A New Season Begins

2nd June 2020
At the end of a damp winter the emergence of buds on the trees and the greening up of hedgerows tells us a new season is on the way: the fishing season...

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Support Wessex Rivers Trust

28th May 2020
As people are starting to enjoy their local nature spots, find out how you can help us continue our vital work on Wessex's rivers.

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Changing Time: Digital Education Resources

26th May 2020
Digital resources have become a necessity for education, with most children in the UK now learning from home. Find out how Wessex Rivers Trust has adapted to meet this need. 

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A New CEO for the Trust

7th May 2020
We are very excited to announce that we have recruited Dr Dave Rumble to become our new Chief Executive later this year.

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Watercress & Winterbournes Project Success

5th May 2020
Good news from the Test and Itchen Catchment! The trickling headwater streams of the Test and Itchen are set to receive a flood of funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Rebranding the Trust

21st April 2020
You have found our new website, so you must have noticed that Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust has been renamed to Wessex Rivers Trust. If you look a bit closer, you can also see that we have updated our logo to reflect the development and growth of our organisation.  

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Rivers at Home

14th April 2020
This Spring and Summer Wessex Rivers Trust is taking a different approach to river education. See how they are bringing rivers into our homes...

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Office Closure

18th March 2020
Following the global spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 the office in Stratford sub Castle will be closed until further notice.
Message from our CEO . . .

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Gaining Work Experience

11th March 2020
Find out how George Sharp found carrying out his work experience with Wessex Rivers Trust...