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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Pipe bridge identified on the Tarf Water

10 July 2014

Pipe bridge on a Tarf water tributary

Pipe bridge on a Tarf water tributary

While out electrofishing on the Tarf Water (Bladnoch catchment) on Wednesday, we came across a pipe bridge on a trout spawning burn. This private forestry bridge has not been designed to allow upstream fish migration past it. Similar pipe bridges have been identified across various waters in the region and are usually barriers to upstream fish migration. The easing or removal of man-made barriers to fish migration is a priority for GFT. We have been involved in the past with removing pipe bridges and replacing them with bridges which over span the watercourse allowing free fish and sediment movement, but costs to do this are usually high. This pipe bridge will now be investigated by GFT and we will start discussions with the owner to see what can be done. GFT would encourage anyone who is aware of any bridges, culverts or similar structures which may be causing problems for fish migration to contact us. Continuing to remove or ease man made obstacles is a priority for GFT so that wild fish can populate as much available habitat as possible.

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