Over 100 guests attended a Wild Trout Trust evening at the Savile Club in Mayfair to present the annual awards for the best trout habitat conservation projects. The evening was introduced by WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, with the awards presented by Richard Banbury of Orvis, who generously sponsor the Conservation Awards.
The Conservation Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the management and conservation of wild trout habitat, celebrating the efforts, skills and ingenuity of projects carried out both by professionals and by grass roots voluntary organisations.
The winners of the 2012 Orvis Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards are :
Michael Edwards Memorial Award (Amateur Category) Winner
The Kells Angling Association in Ireland, for carrying out habitat enhancement measures along the Kells Blackwater.
This project demonstrates the tremendous commitment and enthusiasm that the Conservation Awards are designed to recognise. The team of volunteers have installed boulders, flow deflectors, christmas tree revetment, and riffles with the aim of reducing the impact of past drainage measures. The success of the scheme for salmonids was clearly demonstrated through the Association’s methodical monitoring programme.
[Photo left to right: Dan Conaty, Noel McLoughlin and Ceiran O'Kelly receive the award from Richard Banbury of Orvis.]