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 RAFTS Barrier Easement Project, a consultancy has been selected to undertake a feasibility and optioneering study on the Old Mill Burn weir, situated on a small tributary that enters the Tarff (Kirkcudbrightshire Dee catchment). The surveys will guide how best fish easement over the barrier is undertaken; giving a series of options that may include partial or full removal or the addition of a fish pass. The study will include geomorphology and ecology assessments of the watercourse and surrounding habitat upstream and downstream of the weir. The survey will also take into account the creamery buildings associated with the weir some distance downstream of the structure where there is a sluice gate and bypass channel. A final report on the surveys undertaken will be produced at the end of June.
On Tuesday, the local Probus Club joined us at Tongland for a tour of the power station and dam. This group was one of the most challenging to date with quite a few members knowing much more about the physics of electrical generation (including Rowans High School Physics teacher) than Rowan herself! One member of the group knew a gentleman that helped build the scheme back in the early 1930’s who used to cycle to Clatteringshaws every day from Port William – fascinating!