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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

Protecting the Moneypool Burn

11 April 2014

Since mid-January, GFT staff have met with Scottish Water contractors (Byzak) every Monday in Creetown to ensure the Balloch Burn is protected from nearby works. Since 2012, Scottish Water have been completing a major waste water management scheme within the village which aims to improve water quality in both the Moneypool Burn and Balloch Burn (both of these water courses support important fish populations which include salmon, lamprey, eels, flounder and trout (sea and brown)). The works this spring (to be completed January – May) are taking place extremely close to the Balloch Burn during a particularly sensitive time of year for many fish species. Salmon and trout eggs will be hatching during this period and emerging from the gravels. The sea trout and salmon smolt run also starts in late March most years. SEPA permitted for the work to take place during this sensitive time following the agreement of a range of measures aimed at protecting the surrounding burn e.g. pumping all dirty water away from the burn to be naturally filtered through nearby marshland. One of the agreed measures was for GFT to be on site weekly and to liaise with the Byzak to highlight any work aspects which could potentially pollute the burn and to ensure the agreed mitigation measures were effective. The main potential issues is pollution and silt release.

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