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
At the beginning of the week Jackie and Jamie attended an extremely interesting and informative workshop at Bangor University on sparling (smelt). The workshop was well attended by people from several European countries such as Estonia, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium, who are also working on sparling or have populations of sparling in their areas. As well as discussing life history strategies, habitats and population studies, potential future joint projects were discussed. We were also lucky enough to have a tour round the fish lab at the university where they have successfully reared sparling from egg to two years old.
There were three schools involved in field excursions with the GFT this week. On Wednesday, Dalry High School pupils returned their hatched salmon to the Dee and on Thursday, Garlieston and Sorbie Primary Schools returned their salmon to the Bladnoch catchment and then completed a tour of the GFT hatchery and Torhouse Trout Farm. Salmon in the GFT hatchery are yet to hatch but the children were able to see some trout and roach that have been collected from the fish farm fyke net that is put in place within the fish farm lade from the end of March to gather smolts being drawn into the farm. All smolts are then replaced into the river Bladnoch to continue their journey downstream to sea. Smolts would normally be on the move but it is likely the smolt run is delayed this year due to prevailing low water temperature. During the tour of the rainbow trout farm, the children had great fun watching fish being drawn up through pipes for grading and transportation to different tanks. The children also had the chance to handle some bigger trout that are kept for stocking still water fisheries.