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The Grayling Research Trust was formed in 1994 to provide facilities for study and research related to grayling, their habitats, ecology, water quality and environment, particularly to safe guarding and improving the same.


The Grayling Research Trust organises, funds or provides facilities for lectures, courses, demonstrations, instructions and publications whose aim is to encourage public interest in and awareness of grayling populations, the results of recent research on grayling, and the need for their conservation.


The Grayling Research Trust is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No: 1043994


Grayling Ecology

To help improve the understanding of grayling, we have produced a series of articles which explain the different species of grayling. Currently our website concentrates on the European grayling, Thymallus thymallus, providing information on lifecycle, habitat, feeding, spawning, migration, age and growth and competition.
We are continuously updating our material and will soon be adding information on the other species of grayling, if you have any information which you think will be useful , then please do not hesitate to contact us.


Projects

The Grayling Research Trust awards small grants for study and research related to grayling, their habitats, ecology, water quality and environment. The trust has been in a fortunate position where it has funded or part-funded a number of regionally and nationally important projects. A selection of such projects included:


 

 

GS Symposium Speakers

GRT Funded MSc, PhD Studies

Two degree project interim reports were among presentations at the most recent Grayling Society symposium. Both studies are currently funded by the GRT and both operate on a premise that alongside the intrinsic value of grayling as a game fish, their survival challenges provide early indication of problems that are or will likely become problems for other salmonids.

 

Stephen Gregory (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) described an MSc study plan for statistical mining of the existing Wylye Study data, questioning the effect of extreme climate events on grayling population dynamics. He emphasized that the GWCT now leads all processing aspects of the 30-year Wylye Grayling Study (WGS) dataset - the longest and most complete in Europe...possibly in the world.

 

Vanessa Huml's (Manchester Metropolitan University) PhD study is titled Assessing adaptive genetic variation for effective management and conservation of European grayling. Read her description of planned work, noting reference to new sequencing technology and reference to the four U.K. genetically distinct groups identified in the earlier genetic census funded by the GRT.

 

The two studies both look at grayling population health/stability under extant environmental conditions but the doctoral work extends inquiry to genetic proclivity for survival ('evolvability').

 

Both investigators will submit detailed results for publication here after review in their respective peer literature.