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 been able to ramp up our electrofishing effort over the last two weeks during low water – targeting main stem river sites which we won’t be able to access once flows increase as they have done so over the weekend. On the Urr, we have been trialling timed electrofishing surveys this season. These have proved very useful in covering the river in a short space of time – selectively electrofishing sites where we can get a good grasp on spawning success over the winter. On the Water of Luce, we have also been undertaking a lot of main river electrofishing – again, targeting spawning areas – this time by undertaking semi-quantitative electrofishing surveys rather than timed surveys.
Our electrofishing findings so far have been encouraging but interpreting the timed electrofishing data (catch per unit effort) will need some refining for comparison with the format we usually work with (densities of juvenile salmon/trout per 100 m2 of water).
We have also been picking up some very large eels during our electrofishing surveys – see pictures.
This week, the rivers have gained some height due to the torrential downpours across the weekend. This is really good news for the fish because we were coming across water temperatures into the mid-twenties on some of the hottest days over the last two weeks.