VCT Conservation Award 2022

VCT Conservation Award 2022

The VCT Conservation Award 2022 was awarded to Wessex Rivers Trust & Wild Trout Trust, for their Upper River Test River Restoration Project.
Mike Blackmore, Nick Lawrence, Gail Taylor, Lady Wakeham

The Wessex Rivers Trust and Wild Trout Trust were jointly recognised for a project aimed at significantly improving habitat of a stretch of the river through a fishery on the River Test, which had significant deposition of fine sediment and limited submerged weed growth.

The Wild Trout Trust designed and proposed the restoration project aimed at improving conditions suitable for water crowfoot and other submerged macrophytes, marginal wetland plants and freshwater invertebrates, whilst also improving fish passage and habitat for all life-stages of wild trout and grayling.

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

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VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to...

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VCT Conservation Award 2017

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also...

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VCT Conservation Award 2021

VCT Conservation Award 2021

We were delighted to award Dennis Bright the VCT Conservation Award 2021, for his work in Barn Owl Conservation.
Dennis Bright

Dennis Bright has always had a real interest in birds and nearly 30 years ago, when moving to Hampshire, he followed his life-long passion by volunteering for both the Wildlife Trust and Hampshire Ornithological Society. He is a first class self-taught photographer and his pictures of wildlife, in particular birds, can be found in many publications.

Under his own volition Dennis set up a “Barn Owl Recovery Project” focused within the Test and Itchen river catchments. With some small grants from the Environment Agency and help of friends he has successfully built and put up over 100 barn owl boxes to provide safe breeding opportunities for this rapidly declining bird. Dennis has built many long standing relationships with the respective farmers and landowners where these boxes are placed. This has been a great success in halting the decline of these enigmatic birds.

Recently, Dennis produced a wonderful book illustrating much of his work which contains many stunning images of this elusive and shy bird.

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2017

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2017

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also...

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VCT Dissertation Award 2018

VCT Dissertation Award 2018

 As part of the charity’s continuing support of education , this year saw the first awards for the best Undergraduate / Masters Dissertations on research related to chalk streams.

Alex Kulczyk

The winners were:

Alex Kulczyk

Sc. (Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management: Watercress derived isothiocyanates: A study to determine the impacts of trace levels of phenethyl isothiocyanate on early life stages of brown trout (Salmo trutta).

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Masters (MRes Advanced Biological Science) Thesis: Participatory Mapping of Cultural Ecosystem Services: Applying TESSA in Riverside Park, Southampton,

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2017

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.

VCT Conservation Award 2018

In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to ensure not only our chalk streams, but the wider environment, are protected and enhanced.

Previous awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2019

VCT Conservation Award 2019

Angus Menzies was the proud winner of the 2019 VCT Conservation Award in recognition of his services to fresh water ecology, particularly through the  Riverfly Monitoring Initiative.Previous awards...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2018

VCT Conservation Award 2018

The winner of the 2018 VCT Conservation Award was naturalist Tim Sykes who works tirelessly through his role with the Environment Agency.In his spare time, Tim works with many other organisations and people including Wildlife Trusts and educational establishments to...

read more
VCT Conservation Award 2017

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also...

read more