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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 News 2013


Interesting day on the Urr
Posted: 19 December 2013

While out undertaking surveys for juvenile lampreys on the River Urr last month, the biologists noticed various other interesting things. You cannot beat being out and about!

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Solway fish stocks
Posted: 19 December 2013

It has been nearly a month since the last of the Solway rivers closed their seasons. GFT staff have been out to see how significant the low rod catches of 2013 might be for this winters stocks

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We have joined the Twitterverse!
Posted: 11 December 2013

GFT haul themselves into the 21st Century and enter the world of social media!

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Torhouse walk and evening talk
Posted: 06 December 2013

It is important to keep people informed on what we do on the local rivers. To help engage with interested parties, we can offer tours of our hatchery and provide talks at local meetings

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Update to GFT website gallery
Posted: 05 December 2013

Check out some new images to our gallery

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IBIS/AST Salmon Stocking Conference
Posted: 04 December 2013

GFT staff attend an excellent two-day knowledge transfer conference in Glasgow

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Planning Scotland’s Seas
Posted: 02 December 2013

GFT responds to the recent consultation for the Scottish Government’s Sectoral Marine Plans for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy in Scotland’s waters

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Water of App Electrofishing Surveys
Posted: 02 December 2013

GFT have undertaken annual electrofishing surveys of the Water of App since 2000. A recent report for Glengap Estate discusses findings from the last five years of electrofishing surveys

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GFT assist the running of an invasive non-native species event
Posted: 14 November 2013

GFT assisted SEPA, SNH, Nith Catchment Fisheries Trust and River Annan Trust to run an invasive non-native species event

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Volunteers work on the Barhoise Burn
Posted: 14 November 2013

Two volunteer days were carried out as part of the Galloway Fisheries Volunteer Scheme (GFVS) on the Barhoise Burn

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Piltanton Burn Electrofishing Surveys
Posted: 07 November 2013

GFT have undertaken annual electrofishing surveys of the Piltanton Burn since 1990. A recent report for Dunragit Angling Club discusses findings from the last five years of electrofishing surveys

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Latest CIRB project newsletter
Posted: 05 November 2013

The latest edition of the CIRB project newsletter has been issued

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New riverbank signs for the CIRB project
Posted: 04 November 2013

New riverbank signs have been erected on all the project rivers across Galloway

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Worth a look!
Posted: 28 October 2013

Some really interesting underwater fish footage collected by Jack Perks in England

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Acid news update
Posted: 28 October 2013

More needs to be done to cut air pollution from power plants across Europe

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GFT completes further limestone gravel work on the High Cree
Posted: 18 October 2013

We have completed phase 3 of the High Cree liming project which is looking at creating salmon spawning beds with limestone gravel – encouraging results were found this summer!

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River Bladnoch DSFB AGM
Posted: 10 October 2013

Date for River Bladnoch AGM is 26th November 2013 in Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart

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New ‘catch and release’ leaflet available
Posted: 10 October 2013

An excellent new leaflet has been produced to provide guidance to anglers on how to best practice catch and release to give the fish a high chance of survival

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Rivers And Fisheries Trust of Scotland (RAFTS) - Job Vacancy
Posted: 10 October 2013

Job vacancy within RAFTS

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Successful dinner auction raises important funds
Posted: 01 October 2013

Galloway Fisheries Trust, Marie Curie and Combat Stress held a successful funding raising dinner auction at Lochinch on 7th September

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Kirkcowan Fishing Competition – Results
Posted: 02 September 2013

The Galloway Fisheries Trust Kirkcowan Fishing Competition took place on Saturday 24th August. Find out the results here………

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Consultation open for the ‘Dumfries and Galloway Forestry and Woodland Strategy'
Posted: 02 September 2013

Poor historical forestry practice across the catchments of the headwaters of the Galloway rivers has reduced both water quality and the fish populations they can support. You can get involved!

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Esk fish barrier easement success!
Posted: 23 August 2013

Brown trout numbers increase after fish barrier easement works

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Fish Rescue!
Posted: 23 August 2013

GFT have been undertaking some fish rescues to protect fish at various work sites especially where bridges are being worked on

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Encouraging electrofishing results from the upper Polbae Burn (Bladnoch catchment)
Posted: 23 August 2013

Juvenile salmon found again during electrofishing in the upper Polbae Burn – in 2012 wild salmon fry were found here for the first time in over 20 years

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Kirkcowan Fishing Competition this Saturday!
Posted: 21 August 2013

The annual fishing competition to be held on the Bladnoch this Saturday

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Show Time!!
Posted: 13 August 2013

We had a wonderful time manning the GFT stand at this year’s Wigtown Show. What a change it made to not be covered in mud and soaking wet (like last year!)

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Good news! Trout return to the Pullaugh Burn on the Dee
Posted: 05 August 2013

GFT and the Dee DSFB are delighted to report that electrofishing this summer has shown that brown trout have already returned to the new section of burn in only a few months

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Update on High Cree limestone gravel project
Posted: 05 August 2013

Professor Malcolm Newson, a geomorphologist, has been working with us to assist in selecting suitable sites on the High Cree to add further limestone gravel to this summer

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Auction lots needed to help GFT, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Combat Stress
Posted: 24 July 2013

Can you help please? The 2013 GFT, Marie Curie and Combat Stress fundraising dinner auction will be held on 7th September at Lochinch Castle and we are presently looking for lots and selling tickets

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Heat wave great for electrofishing :o)
Posted: 24 July 2013

The low water flows during the present heat wave is providing a good opportunity for GFT to undertake electrofishing surveys across local rivers and burns.

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GFT website improved!
Posted: 24 July 2013

Over the last few months we have been working to improve and update the GFT website – we hope you find it interesting.

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Marine Scotland Science issue report on Offshore Renewables
Posted: 16 July 2013

Recently published report from Marine Scotland Science on “The Scope of Research Requirements for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and European Eel in the Context of Offshore Renewables"

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Poacher alert on the Dee
Posted: 04 July 2013

When we were surveying the lower Dee as part of the compensation flow study, we were shocked to come across a poachers net.

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Japanese knotweed hits the national headlines once again
Posted: 04 July 2013

A homeowner has had £20,000 wiped off the value of his house – because a surveyor said it was threatened by knotweed growing behind his back yard.

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Tongland compensation flow study
Posted: 02 July 2013

GFT recently undertook a series of flow trials at Tongland to provide some baseline data into attraction flows required to assist adult migratory fish up the lower stretch of the River Dee.

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GFT help run electrofishing courses
Posted: 02 July 2013

GFT staff are involved in the running of electrofishing courses through the Barony Campus for survey staff. These courses aim to ensure data is collected to a high standard across Scotland.

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Summer’s coming….schools are out!
Posted: 02 July 2013

It has been a busy run up to school holidays this year with three school electrofishing days and six Tongland tours taking place over the last couple of weeks.

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Reports of dead and dying fish in some local rivers, testing for UDN to be undertaken.
Posted: 17 June 2013

Recently there have been reports of some dead and dying adult salmon and sea trout in some rivers to the east of the region which could be UDN. Anglers are asked to report any diseased fish they see.

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GFT attended a busy World Ocean Day event at Port William
Posted: 17 June 2013

GFT attended and ran a stand for the Solway Firth Partnership event at Port William beach celebrating World Oceans Week.

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Japanese knotweed recorded on the Chlenry Burn
Posted: 14 June 2013

GFT recently carried out a Japanese knotweed survey on the Chlenry Burn, a tributary of the Piltanton Burn

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Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill passed
Posted: 14 June 2013

On the 15th May the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill was passed by parliament and is expected to come into force in August 2013; leading to implications for Aquaculture and Salmon fisheries.

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Bladnoch egg boxes
Posted: 03 June 2013

Results from Bladnoch egg box studies completed recently in the upper Bladnoch

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Summer field work assistant vacancy with GFT
Posted: 03 June 2013

Opportunity to work with the Galloway Fisheries Trust for 3 months this summer assisting the biologists in a range of field work activities

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Invasive plants make their appearance
Posted: 24 May 2013

This years growth of invasive non-native plant species start to show

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Ruffe recorded in the lower Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Posted: 23 May 2013

Recent GFT electrofishing caught a ruffe, an invasive non-native fish species, in lower Dee catchment

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Tongland Dewater
Posted: 20 May 2013

Current work taking place at Tongland Dam

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Limestone gravel research to ameliorate High Cree low pH
Posted: 09 May 2013

As part of the High Cree liming project, egg box work has been undertaken in areas of the High Cree.

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Tourism Conference
Posted: 09 May 2013

Rowan attended a Dumfries and Galloway Tourism conference held by VisitScotland in Dumfries on the 23rd April.

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Stranraer Academy gets fishy
Posted: 09 May 2013

We finally completed the second part of Stranraer Academy’s ‘Fish Project’ on Monday the 22nd April after failing on our first attempt to reach the upper Luce during the heavy snow drifts!

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Marathon of the smolts
Posted: 09 May 2013

The salmon smolt run on the Bladnoch has started later than normal, most likely due to colder weather slowing everything down a few weeks.

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Hailstanes at Harestanes
Posted: 09 May 2013

The Annan DSFB invited Jackie to visit Harestanes Wind Farm in the Forest of Ae.

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Meeting of Dee fishery interests
Posted: 09 May 2013

On 15th April, the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board held their Annual General Meeting at New Galloway.

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Progress at Penwhirn
Posted: 09 May 2013

We have been keeping a close eye on developments at Penwhirn Reservoir (Luce) and Black Esk Reservoir (Border Esk).

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Fish Up Close
Posted: 09 May 2013

On Friday the 5th and 12th April, Rowan led the ‘Fish Up Close’ tour as part of this years Wild Spring Festival.

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Volunteers get to work on the Fleet
Posted: 09 May 2013

On Wednesdays 3rd and 10th April, Neil held volunteer days on the banks of the Water of Fleet with local volunteers from the Gatehouse of Fleet area as part of the Galloway Fisheries Volunteer Scheme.

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GFT Update (25th - 29th Mar 2013)
Posted: 29 March 2013

At the beginning of the week Jackie and Jamie attended an extremely interesting and informative workshop at Bangor University on sparling (smelt).

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GFT Update (11th - 22nd Mar 2013)
Posted: 22 March 2013

The weather has turned very cold and we have been very busy over the last few weeks. Please find details of some of the work we have been involved in over this period.

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GFT Update (4th - 8th Mar 2013)
Posted: 08 March 2013

Jamie and Neil were at the Barony College on Monday and Tuesday attending a quad bike training course. As well as getting very muddy they learnt how to safely use ATVs in a range of terrains.

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GFT Update (28th Jan - 3rd Feb 2013)
Posted: 03 March 2013

Every year biologists from across the Scottish Fishery Trusts network meet for 2 days at the Freshwater Laboratory in Pitlochry.

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GFT Update (25th Feb - 1st Mar 2013)
Posted: 01 March 2013

The week started with Jamie meeting up with Duncan Baillie, who heads up the fishing syndicate on the Glentrool Estate section of the Water of Minnoch.

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GFT Update (18th - 22nd Feb 2013)
Posted: 22 February 2013

The Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) is a web based information system, which supports nature conservation across the UK.

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GFT Update (10th - 17th Feb 2013)
Posted: 17 February 2013

The River Bladnoch fishing season opened on the 11th February. Although many well mended salmon kelts were caught on opening day, no springers were caught.

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GFT Update (3rd - 10th Feb 2013)
Posted: 10 February 2013

This Wednesday the GFT Trustees met for their biannual Trustees Meeting in Gatehouse of Fleet. GFT is a registered charity and has 12 trustees with a range of expertise and disciplines.

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GFT Update (7th - 25th Jan 2013)
Posted: 25 January 2013

GFT returned back to work properly on the 7th January. Since returning we have had a lot to catch up on so this summary covers some of our recent work up to Friday 25th January.

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