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
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.