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
GFT work closely with a range of government agencies, particularly SNH and SEPA, to protect and enhance freshwater environments and the fish they support across Galloway. On Thursday, Jamie spent most of the day out with Jonathan Hudson (SNH Operations Officer, Southern Scotland - based in Newton Stewart) visiting various sites across the upper Bladnoch / Cree catchments and discussing some of the problems found here, on-going GFT projects and possible future collaborative workings.
The health of the upper Bladnoch salmon stocks and acidification issues were discussed. We checked out some areas of forestry felling which is taking place close to the river and important tributaries. We had some concerns regarding silt run off from a log loading area which is entering a burn and this has now been reported to SEPA. Silt control measures were evident across the site but some were in need of monitoring and maintenance as they were not working efficiently. Small water courses nearby also showed signs of ‘sewage fungus’. There is no actual sewage nearby but is quite commonly found after forestry clear felling, due to nutrient release from the breakdown of forestry material and residue which is not taken up by any plants as the site is still bare. The main concern here is the possible de-oxygenation from an increased biological oxygen demand (BOD) required by the bacteria.