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
As part of the Wild Spring Festival, we give members of the public the chance to get up close with fish in the hatchery and on site at Torhouse Trout Farm. As well as young salmon that we might be rearing in the hatchery to stock into the upper Bladnoch, we often have fish that have been caught in the fyke net that captures all fish entering the fish farm laid during the spring months (in particular, salmon smolts). This weeks fyke net contents included salmon and sea trout smolts, pike, perch, roach and river lamprey. Each day, the contents of the fyke net are identified and counted before the fish are transferred back into the river downstream of the laid intake. Once a week, Jackie has also been taking scales from the salmon smolts to gather some information on age classes of smolts leaving the Bladnoch. This information is useful for predicting food abundance and competition in the river.
On the main farm, grading of rainbow trout was underway and the Fish Up Close tour attendants were able to see how Mark Davies and his team keep a close check on the number, size and health of rainbow trout being reared for sale in Asda. The farm also provides rainbow trout for stocking into still water fisheries and this was particularly interesting for two people on the tour interested in setting up a stocked fishery locally.