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
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.