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
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!
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
GFT haul themselves into the 21st Century and enter the world of social media!
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
Check out some new images to our gallery
GFT staff attend an excellent two-day knowledge transfer conference in Glasgow
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
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
GFT assisted SEPA, SNH, Nith Catchment Fisheries Trust and River Annan Trust to run an invasive non-native species event
Two volunteer days were carried out as part of the Galloway Fisheries Volunteer Scheme (GFVS) on the Barhoise Burn
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
The latest edition of the CIRB project newsletter has been issued
New riverbank signs have been erected on all the project rivers across Galloway
Some really interesting underwater fish footage collected by Jack Perks in England
More needs to be done to cut air pollution from power plants across Europe
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!
Date for River Bladnoch AGM is 26th November 2013 in Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart
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
Job vacancy within RAFTS
Galloway Fisheries Trust, Marie Curie and Combat Stress held a successful funding raising dinner auction at Lochinch on 7th September
The Galloway Fisheries Trust Kirkcowan Fishing Competition took place on Saturday 24th August. Find out the results here………
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!
Brown trout numbers increase after fish barrier easement works
GFT have been undertaking some fish rescues to protect fish at various work sites especially where bridges are being worked on
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
The annual fishing competition to be held on the Bladnoch this Saturday
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!)
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
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
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
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.
Over the last few months we have been working to improve and update the GFT website – we hope you find it interesting.
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"
When we were surveying the lower Dee as part of the compensation flow study, we were shocked to come across a poachers net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GFT attended and ran a stand for the Solway Firth Partnership event at Port William beach celebrating World Oceans Week.
GFT recently carried out a Japanese knotweed survey on the Chlenry Burn, a tributary of the Piltanton Burn
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.
Results from Bladnoch egg box studies completed recently in the upper Bladnoch
Opportunity to work with the Galloway Fisheries Trust for 3 months this summer assisting the biologists in a range of field work activities
This years growth of invasive non-native plant species start to show
Recent GFT electrofishing caught a ruffe, an invasive non-native fish species, in lower Dee catchment
Current work taking place at Tongland Dam
As part of the High Cree liming project, egg box work has been undertaken in areas of the High Cree.
Rowan attended a Dumfries and Galloway Tourism conference held by VisitScotland in Dumfries on the 23rd April.
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!
The salmon smolt run on the Bladnoch has started later than normal, most likely due to colder weather slowing everything down a few weeks.
The Annan DSFB invited Jackie to visit Harestanes Wind Farm in the Forest of Ae.
On 15th April, the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board held their Annual General Meeting at New Galloway.
We have been keeping a close eye on developments at Penwhirn Reservoir (Luce) and Black Esk Reservoir (Border Esk).
On Friday the 5th and 12th April, Rowan led the ‘Fish Up Close’ tour as part of this years Wild Spring Festival.
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.
At the beginning of the week Jackie and Jamie attended an extremely interesting and informative workshop at Bangor University on sparling (smelt).
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.
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.
Every year biologists from across the Scottish Fishery Trusts network meet for 2 days at the Freshwater Laboratory in Pitlochry.
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.
The Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) is a web based information system, which supports nature conservation across the UK.
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.
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.
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.