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
With the very low flow conditions being experienced across all local running waters at the moment, it was particularly concerning to have a couple of pollution events reported to the GFT in recent weeks. Both were on the lower River Bladnoch. One involved slurry and the other silage effluent. The low water flows and warm water temperatures mean that fish are particularly vulnerable as the dilution of any pollution entering rivers and burns is very limited and fish are already quite stressed. SEPA ensured that the causes of these pollution events were addressed and there were no dead fish found. We would ask everyone to be particularly vigilant at the moment and if you do come across possible pollution problems then report it immediately to SEPA on 0800 80 70 60 – this is their 24 hour pollution hotline.
GFT and the local District Salmon Fishery Board would also appreciate being informed but SEPA should be your priority.