Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Education, training and awareness raising are key aspects of the work of the GFT. We work with all ages on a range of programmes.
Local primary schools across the region can undertake the GFT award winning project "Salmon In The Classroom". This project was started in Galloway by the GFT in 1991 and has been so successful that it has been rolled out across most of Scotland. Participating schools have a visit from a biologist who gives an informative talk about salmon, rivers and the work of the Trust. They are given a specialised classroom hatchery tank with 100 eyed salmon eggs. The children rear these eggs until returning them as unfed fry to their natal river.
Later in the year GFT staff and the children return to the release site and watch GFT carry out electrofishing to recapture 'their' fish and to study the fish populations present. To learn more about this project including downloading educational teaching aids see www.snh.org.uk/salmonintheclassroom.
GFT also runs training programmes. In conjunction with the Barony College, both Introductory and Team Leader Electrofishing SVQ Courses are run in the early summer.
GFT staff give talks and presentations to a wide audience including angling clubs, district salmon fishery boards, wildlife groups, rotary clubs, etc. We also attend and provide informative displays at a number of local agricultural shows and country shows.
Focussed seminars and workshops are also regularly organised by GFT. These have included awareness raising of the threats of Gyrodactylus salaris and understanding the importance of considering genetics when planning stocking programmes.
GFT now also deliver the ‘Tongland Tour’ based at Tongland Power Station and Dam near Kirkcudbright. This tour is available to interested groups who wish to come and explore the amazing history of the Galloway Hydro Scheme, which has been in operation since the mid 1930’s. Part of the tour focuses on Scottish Powers efforts to overcome any negative impacts that the hydro scheme has on native biodiversity. Here we discuss developments in easing salmon, sea trout and eel passage at various parts of the scheme as well as managing water levels to protect plant and animal life surrounding Loch Ken. The tour ends with a walk across Tongland Reservoir’s 300 meter dam wall, during which time the group are able to witness the flood gates opening and take a short wander down the fish pass walkway.
Contact Scottish Power at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a group tour.