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
We have now started our electrofishing surveys across the Galloway rivers and the Border Esk. This will take place over the next three months or so. Early in the week we were surveying a burn near Glenlee. The lower burn is infested with American signal crayfish (ASC) and the first site checked contained abundant crayfish and only a single brown trout even though instream habitats were good. The crayfish population included many age classes including some very small individuals. Sites further upstream where ASC have not reached (yet) contained far higher numbers of resident brown trout.
GFT cannot highlight enough how essential it is for everyone to practice high levels of biosecurity to stop the accidental introduction of any invasive non-native species (plant, invertebrate, etc) between waters. GFT staff always follow high levels of biosecurity protocol to ensure we do not move any species or diseases between waters by accident. Using suitable disinfectants, visual checks and drying out of equipment are all ways in which we practice biosecurity ourselves.