2 thoughts on “The Introduction of Brown Trout to New Zealand – Royal Society Cut

  1. Google “River Wye, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England” or similar.

    This small stream, a Thames tributary rising in the Chiltern hills, runs just a few miles from where I am sat writing this, and is “The Source” for many of those great Kiwi browns. I used to “guerrilla” fish parts of the Wye (or “Wyc”) in the 1970s and 1980s when most people locally had long forgotten about its 19th Century fame as a fine little chalkstream and trout fishery.

    The Wye still holds trout, but has had to be helped in recent years to recover a true, wild, breeding brown trout population, having been the victim of many years of neglect, of environmental and riverine degradation and its closeness to an ever-growing centre of urban population, High Wycombe town.

    Oh, but just look at the stream’s present day, far-flung trouty descendants! Do look after them.

    1. That’s a really interesting environmental angle, Paul. I think there’s scope for a small comparative piece there to showcase the need to look after our rivers – that the first NZ browns originated from there amongst other places just ties it back in nicely.

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