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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

Galloway Fisheries Trust Photograph Gallery


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Limestone gravel being added to High Cree in 2013. Limestone gravel being added to the High Cree in 2013. A bucket of young salmon and trout electrofished off a 10 metre strip at a limestone gravel site (High Cree). Lamprey transformers caught on the Lady Burn on the Luce. Akiehill on the picturesque Water of Fleet. A small lamprey ammocoete. The beautiful Fleet, upstream of Meikle Cullendoch, where the granite substrates can be clearly seen. Tongland on a sunny tour day. The Pullaugh Burn on the Black Water of Dee. This burn was re-flooded in 2012 after years of being bone dry. Work with Scottish Power resulted in the burn being given a compensation flow – and we found trout in it this summer! Stranraer Academy pupils busy looking through some salmon, trout and eels. Neil and S4 Geography pupils from Stranraer Academy during their Fish Project Finale at the Lady Burn on the Luce! It is sad to think that there are still people out there intent on poaching fish from the river. This net was discovered on the lower Dee, downstream of Tongland Dam in late June 2013. Giant Hogweed flowering on the banks of the Urr. The large eel that has been living within one of the Tongland fish pass resting pools for a number of years. A lovely sea trout from Tongland fish pass. The needle valve releasing excess flows during the de-watering of Tongland Reservoir. Jackie, Jamie (taking photo) and Rowan completed a fish rescue at Tongland fish pass to make sure no fish became trapped for up to two weeks during de-watering of Tongland Reservoir and fish pass. One of many lovely brown trout caught during the fish rescue of Tongland fish pass. Mark Davies takes visitors around Torhouse Fish Farm as part of the ‘Fish Up Close’ GFT Spring Festival Tour in April. Looking upstream of Tongland Dam when the reservoir was fully de-watered in May 2013. Tongland reservoir Friday 17th May – fully de-watered for maintenance purposes. Looking upstream from Tongland Dam during de-watering of the reservoir May 13th. Not a nice discovery: a ruffe found in the fish ladder at Tongland. Ruffe are the smallest member of the perch family. A sea trout smolt from the Bladnoch. The Bladnoch isn’t classed as a sea trout river, usually with less than 10 caught each year, but we do find the odd sea trout smolt heading out to sea each year. A salmon smolt, April 2013, from the Bladnoch. The Bladnoch on a spring morning during the smolt run. Jackie next to the (almost) 18m long fin whale that died after being stranded on the mud flats in the Cree estuary. Looking in detail at the heart of the fin whale. The two Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary pathologists organise their whale autopsy whilst onlookers watch the whale being moved up the beach. Two tracked diggers were needed to move the whale up the beach before it was autopsied by pathologists from the Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Services. After this it was buried. Neil beside the huge tail of the fin whale. Frozen eddies the size of dinner plates on the Water of Ken. These were spotted when out doing a habitat survey. The wonders of nature! Physics A - Level students from Caldew High School beside the flood gates at Tongland Dam during a Tongland Tour. A colourful trout parr caught during electrofishing on the Fuffock Burn over near the Water of Fleet. Cutting some regenerated Sitka spruce on the Little Water of Fleet. The picturesque Logan Water on the Border Esk catchment. Prize draw at Kirkcowan Fishing Competition 2012. Juvenile salmon and trout photographed by wildlife photographer Keith Kirk. The head of a cock salmon at spawning time with prominent hook-like jaw 'kype' formed. The beautiful and diverse spawning markings and colours on a cock salmon at spawning time. Shoulder net fishing for salmon at the Doachs of Tongland on the River Dee near Castle Douglas in the early 1900's. His and Hers! Mature trout prepare to spawn up at the top of the Cross Water of Luce, at the end of October 2012. Chris Bowmen of Borderlines Fishing holds a jack pike alongside pupils from Kirkcowan Primary School during the Wonderful World of Water Project. Nick Chisholm from the River Annan Trust delivers a talk on the Small Streams Passport Scheme at a fishery promotion event we held in May 2012. Jamie and the Wonderful World of Water Project class from Kirkcowan Primary School. Neil and Rowan out with Wildlife photographer and Countryside Ranger Keith Kirk. Floods on the River Cree on the 19th of November 2012. This is looking from the A75 bridge, upstream. Where's the river channel? Flooding on the Cree, 19th of November 2012. This is the main car park in Newton Stewart, looking over to the metal 'sparling' bridge. Tongland Dam in May 2012 - releasing water from the compensation and needle valve during maintenance works. Neil and Rowan electrofishing in Tongland fish pass for broodstock, November 2012. Some heavy rain coming our way, perhaps? A rainbow over the Tongue Glen Burn, Water of Luce. Some of the volunteers in the GFVS hand pulling a newly located area of Himalayan Balsam in the Fleet catchment. The poster GFT made for the RAFTS conference and which won 2nd prize at the 2012 IFM conference in Edinburgh! GFT had a visit from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP. The aim of the visit was to visit the GFVS carrying out a volunteer day on the Fleet. The view across Luce Bay at dusk when out setting nets for the Celtic Sea Trout Project. A chunky salmon parr from the Wauchope Water on the Border Esk. The beautiful clear water of the Ewes Water, a tributary of the Border Esk. Limestone powder being spread on a hydrological source of the acidified Benmeal Burn, Fleet catchment. A beautiful adult brook lamprey suckered on to Jackie's finger! GFT taking the SFCC Introductory Electrofishing Course at Barony College on the Water of Ae, May 2012. GFT, Barony staff and the course candidates were all finding it hard staying alert at lunch time in the searing heat. Out on a boat on Loch Ken. Andrew Blunsum, from Dumfries & Galloway Council, with Lucy Ballantyne from Lochaber Fisheries Trust. Lucy came to collect crayfish (under licence) to aid in an eradication project in Lochaber (read more in the news section). The very picturesque Kirkdale Burn; a coastal burn with one of the highest natural brown trout populations we have seen in Galloway. GFT staff out cutting down regenerated Sitka spruce trees in the riparian zone on the Little Water of Fleet. A lovely flounder we caught as by-catch when netting on the coast for sea trout (part of the Celtic Sea Trout Project). It was still alive so we let it swim off to fight another day! Limestone powder spreading on a sub-catchment of the upper Big Water of Fleet – this work is being carried out as part of the Fleet Project (read more in the news section). The main spawning tributary of Loch Fleet was blocked by a silted-up fibreglass weir and dry stone wall (originally put in place for the Loch Fleet Project in the 1980s). Ta-da! The offending obstruction has been completely removed from the burn and fish passage has been eased significantly. Cairnsmore of Fleet - the catchment for the Cardoon Burn, a tributary of the Big Water of Fleet. Stake nets at sunset on the Cree estuary. GFT meet with Manson Wright and Louise Donnelly from the Scottish Government, the Annan and Nith DSFBs and the Environment Agency to wish Keith Kendall of the EA a happy retirement. GFT carrying out some coastal netting with the aim of catching some sea trout for the Celtic Sea Trout Project. We had some success - we caught three sea trout in one night! Primary 5, 6 and 7's from Minnigaff examine their catch at Pulniskie Burn June 2011. Primary 5's from Sheuchan Primary School at the Lady Burn, Glenluce. Kids enjoying handling salmon parr at the Lady Burn during Salmon in the Classroom. Jamie describes the different markings of salmon and trout to the Dalbeattie Eco Group. The Dalbeattie Eco Group enjoy exploring their buckets of fish caught from the Spottes Burn on the Urr. Minnigaff School children gather around their salmon eggs during part one of Salmon in the Classroom. Dalbeattie Primary Eco-Committee handling trout during the hatchery/trout farm visit of Salmon in the Classroom. Neil opening up a heavily overshaded spawning burn on the River Cree. Peter Maitland carrying out some analysis on a shad in the GFT office. Peter came down to show us how to carry out the analysis ourselves. An isopod attached to a shad. Out of nearly 90 shad in 2010 only one had this parasite attached. Liz and Jackie working on shad analysis for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm monitoring. Jamie with one of our Trustees, Walter Davidson, who sadly passed away at the end of 2010. Walter ran coastal netting stations and was an immense help to us collecting samples for the Celtic Sea Trout Project. He'll be sadly missed. Jackie, Rowan and Liz going through kick samples from areas of the upper Cree estuary, looking for Shad eggs. Rowan, Jamie with Scottish Power at Carsfad Dam on the Dee during a visit from Mats Hebrand of Fiskevardsteknik Fishery Management Ltd, Sweden. An underwater picture of sparling being stripped of their eggs in the Fleet as part of the re-introduction project. If you look closely you can see the eggs and milt mixing. GFT staff, some of our Trustees, RAFTS, SNH, SEPA and Forestry Commission visiting the Wye and Usk Foundation in Wales. We are hoping to carry out liming work similar to theirs (and have the same success!) on key acidified areas here. A slow section of the Clauchrie Burn on the Cree catchment. A really nice flounder caught in a pool, quite far upstream, whilst netting for sea trout on the Fleet. Part of the coppicing work that has taken place on the Fleet through the Sulwath Connections Project. This was done to help address areas of heavy tunnelling and overshading. GFT staff carrying out rock placement on the Coom Burn, Kirkcudbrightshire Dee, under the Sulwatch Connections Project. This was done to try and improve and diversify previously dredged instream habitats. A lovely brown trout netted from Loch Fleet. This loch was once so affected by acidification that the trout became extinct. GFT at Arecleoch Wind Farm. We have been monitoring fish populations on tributaries of the upper Luce for the Fisheries Monitoring Plan. A bridge on the Billholm Burn, Border Esk where fish access over the problematic bridge apron has been eased. This work was funded through the Sulwath Connections project. The Solway Sea Trout Group during a meeting in Langholm. Deciduous trees have been planted on the upper Fleet as part of the Sulwath Connections Galloway Bankside Habitat project. Loch Ochiltree: the source of the Beoch Burn on the Bladnoch catchment. Salmon in the Classroom art work by P2's at Kirkcudbright Primary School. More salmon in the classroom! Kids go through the buckets of fish at Malzie Burn during the final part of the Salmon in the Classroom project. Kirkcudbright Primary School children get to grips with a brown trout! Tongland Dam all-systems-go with spillway and flood gates open to try and ease the flooding of Nov 2009. Tongland fish trap feeling the strain of the floods. Jamie, Jackie and Rowan about to survey below Tongland Dam Dec 2009. To investigate our options for recovering trapped salmon we snorkelled in dry suits to check depths and investigate the possibilities of electrofishing and setting nets from a boat. Neil depth surveying from the bank. Breaking the ice! Making channels through the ice for Neil to cast a weighted line. Fleet Constant Monitoring equipment Jan 2010. Water of Fleet Jan 2010. The last 2009 water to come from the compensation valve at Tongland. Looking up Tongland fish ladder in Jan 2010. During HLF Skyreburn works Dec 2009. Completed Skyreburn works Jan 2010 – a central channel should now make fish passage easier under low flow. Testing the Vaki scanner plates. A lovely herling (sea trout) from the Lady Burn (River Luce). We caught this when collecting genetic samples from sea trout for the Celtic Sea Trout Project. Japanese knotweed on the River Cree – the knotweed has been sprayed and is dying down. GFT have organised a three year spraying programme as part of the River Cree Rare Fish Project. A typical catch from a trap in the large scale crayfish trapping project on Loch Ken. How many can you count?! One of the large debris blockages on the Palnure Burn which has now been removed as part of the GFT Sulwath Connections Project. The Palnure is an important watercourse for salmon and sea trout. A Northern Bottlenose Whale (dark patch near the centre of the picture) stranded on the estuarine muds of the Cree estuary. Spring salmon from the River Cree. A smolt tagged with elastomer dye. This was done for a mark and recapture experiment on the River Bladnoch. Measuring an adult salmon. A small flounder from the Lady Burn, a tributary of the River Luce. The fish trap below Tongland Dam on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee where salmon are caught for a PIT tagging experiment. An angler trying his luck below Setting up our electric trammel net. We use this for capturing adult fish on main rivers. Raising the Vaki fish counter for cleaning. The Vaki is located in the fish ladder at Tongland Dam (Kirkcudbrightshire Dee). A 39½lb pike found dead at Loch Ronald. The pike was given to us in bad condition after being in a deep freeze for 2 years. Fencing completed on the Plan Burn, a tributary of the River Urr, as part of a habitat restoration project. The Polbae Dam on a tributary of the Bladnoch. This leaky dam was causing a severe obstacle to fish passage. A denil fish pass installed by GFT as part of the CASS project on the Polbae Dam. This is a special pass with baffles to allow migratory fish access over the dam. In 2004, this dead sheep was caught in our rotary screw trap and caused £2000 worth of damage! About to float the rotary screw trap (in the hope we don't catch any more dead sheep!). A minnow caught in the Polharrow Burn on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee. Old forestry practices - you can see how close the now felled tree stumps were to the Craiglowrie Burn (Fleet). A big rod caught pike from the Bladnoch. Lagafater Dam on the Luce - the yellow bit in the centre is a caterpillar JCB about to start to breach the impassable earth and concrete dam. Half way through breaching Lagafater Dam on the upper Luce. Exposing the pipe through which the river flowed - Lagafater Dam on the upper Luce. Lagafater dam is breached! The new banksides getting tapered for reseeding. Large scale felling operations on the Upper Fleet, with Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve in the background. A Trust electrofishing team. A trigger fish caught by a netsman near Dalbeattie, probably of the species Balistes capriscus. This fish is normally found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic but single fish are occasionally found in northern waters. Wauchope Water, a tributary of the Border Esk. Stripping a hen salmon of her eggs. This fish was caught in an adult fish trap and was ready to strip on the bank. A precocious parr from the Water of Minnoch which had been feeding on salmon eggs. These fish were caught for disease testing and results have since come back negative. Volunteers planting eyed ova out in the upper Penkiln burns. Giving the Vaki fish counter a good clean - note the lovely pink marigolds! A trout parr from the Coom Burn on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee. An unexpected sight - unauthorised gravel extraction encountered in the main River Urr. The fish pass at Dalnigap on the upper River Luce. A small North American Signal crayfish from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee. Collecting sparling egg encrusted substrates in the lower Cree for the sparling re-location project. A large minnow which was mistaken for a salmonid when first spotted! Checking the juvenile lamprey catch during a survey on the River Cree. A juvenile lamprey of the Lampetra species found in the River Cree. A lamprey survey was carried out prior to a pipeline crossing the main lower river. A big North American Signal crayfish from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee - a recent survey was done for SNH to identify the upper limits of crayfish distribution.