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
Before the schools broke up for summer holidays, we returned to the Luce and Dee river catchments to undertake some electrofishing as part of the fish projects that began during the spring. With Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas Primary Schools, we returned to a small burn on the Dee catchment where we captured salmon, trout, stoneloach and minnows as well as an abundance of crayfish. For Stranraer Academy, we returned to the Lady Burn which runs through Glenluce.
Completing electrofishing demonstrations for the schools in June is usually the earliest indication we have of juvenile fish abundance, particularly fry abundance which can be a good indicator of spawning success and adult fish presence during the winter. Of particular interest in June, were the generous size of both salmon and trout fry for this early in the season. This would suggest that the mild winter has favoured the early emergence of fry and quick succession onto food sources. Our annual electrofishing sites will be able to tell us more about densities of fish present and spawning success of wild stock during the winter….keep an eye on our news section!
On Sunday 13th July, members of the public had the opportunity to come and see electrofishing taking place as part of a Bioblitz that Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust (CVCWT) were hosting at Knockman Wood, just outside Minnigaff. Stationed on the Penkiln Burn, we undertook a number of short electrofishing demonstrations; keeping a selection of different fish species caught aside for Bioblitzers to examine and record. CVCWT were delighted with the turn-out for the event and over 300 species (including around 70 species of moths) were recorded on the day which began with bat and moth surveys during Saturday night. For more information on the event, see the CVCWT website and recent news section by clicking here.