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
The Galloway Fisheries Trust welcomed members of the Rural Heritage Promoter project at Rusko bridge where they explained the role of GFT with regard not just to the quality of the local rivers but also the surrounding environment. They pointed out the problems with invasive species and also told the group how volunteers who were now working regularly with the Trust were now being trained to tackle knotweed control.
The Rural Heritage Promoter project is a European Funded Grundtvig Life Long Learning project. It involves the Gatehouse Development Initiative and partners from nine other countries including Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and France. The goal of the project is for the partners to work together and to examine how local people can be involved in their local built and natural heritage and how local people can become ambassadors for their heritage. The visit to the river Fleet provided an excellent example of how the Galloway Fisheries Trust is increasingly working with local people to maintain and improve the quality of local waters. The many questions from the partner organisations showed that some face similar problems with invasive species and are very interested in possibilities for involving both volunteers and people seeking opportunities for gaining a pathway back to work to become involved in such projects.
During the course of the visit the partners also learnt of other projects where the Gatehouse Development Initiative is involving the local community in spreading the word about the local heritage.