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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Education


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.

Salmon in the Classroom

Salmon in the Classroom

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.

Electrofishing training

Electrofishing training

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 visit.hydros@scottishpower.com to book a group tour.

Tongland fish pass can be seen as part of the Tongland Tour

Tongland fish pass can be seen as part of the Tongland Tour