The Wild Trout Trust Auction raises over £50,000 each year and is an absolutely vital contribution to the work that they do for the conservation of wild trout and their habitat. The WTT’s core work has always been to provide advice (free) to anyone with responsibility for a river or lake, and to help them to improve habitat for wild trout either through changes in management or through ‘in river’ project work. With a small team of six Conservation Officers across the UK, they are now delivering more practical habitat improvement projects (25+ per year) in addition to the 60 or so Advisory Visits. They have extended into new initiatives such as Trout in the Town and Mayfly in the Classroom. With the growth of the Rivers Trusts, they partner with them on projects where they provide the in depth practical river habitat experience and ‘grass roots’ volunteer involvement.
The auction has two purposes. Obviously it gives them vital ‘no strings attached’ funds to help pay for the things that are hard to fund in other ways – basic equipment like chainsaws, paying for time to keep staff up to date with research and new techniques and seed corn funding to help raise larger amounts from other sources. The other vital purpose is that it raises awareness of the WTT with the fishing community by giving access to a huge range of fishing opportunities that are open to everyone, whatever their budget. The generous donors of fishing days are their best ambassadors, showing by example that supporting wild trout and wild rivers is something everyone should do.
There are over 250 lots, so it’s their biggest auction yet, with plenty of new lots as well as old favourites. To view the auction lots read more HERE.