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
Sitka spruce forest dominates the landscape of Galloway, with about 31% of the region wooded, which has had a significant impact on water quality and surrounding fish populations since the 1970's. Restructuring of these forests and improved air quality have helped to improve these afforested uplands and recovery of fish populations is evident in many places. GFT continues to work closely with various stakeholders to promote this recovery further. Updates on recent forestry related work are provided below.
Dumfries and Galloway Forestry and Woodland Strategy – click here for a copy
This important document has been produced by Dumfries and Galloway Council, the introduction states it ‘provides a framework for guiding forestry and woodland practice within Dumfries and Galloway over the next 10 years. It will guide both woodland creation and the restructuring and management of existing forests and woodlands, to maximise the benefits for the local economy, communities and environment.’ The document has been compiled with input from various groups, including GFT. We feel the strategy recognises the water related problems caused by inappropriate forestry and will support the on-going restructuring of Galloway and Eskdale Forests to higher environmental standards. While the strategy looks good, exactly how it is implemented and how closely it is followed by the key government agencies will be critical in its effectiveness to protect and improve the freshwater environments.
SEPA HARMS Forestry project
At a recent Cree DSFB meeting, John Gorman gave an interesting talk on a forestry project which SEPA is presently running. John heads up the overall project which is focussing on commercial forestry across Galloway and Eskdale ensuring forestry management is following the various regulations and best practice (designed to protect surrounding waters). Numerous sites are being inspected, with a focus on the felling phase, to check that appropriate measures are in place. Some problems have been identified requiring immediate attention. Various training and guidance is also being provided to operators and managers aimed at minimising poor practice in forest management.