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Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

GFT Update (25th - 29th Mar 2013)

29 March 2013

Participants of the sparling workshop take a look round<br />the fish lab at Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences.

Participants of the sparling workshop take a look round
the fish lab at Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences.

Pupils from Garlieston and Sorbie Primary School learn about<br />the process involved in grading rainbow trout at the fish farm.

Pupils from Garlieston and Sorbie Primary School learn about
the process involved in grading rainbow trout at the fish farm.

Handling some large rainbow trout kept for stocking<br />local still water fisheries.

Handling some large rainbow trout kept for stocking
local still water fisheries.

The Wild Spring Festival ‘Fish Up Close’ event involves a tour<br />of the GFT hatchery as well as a tour of Torhouse Trout Farm.

The Wild Spring Festival ‘Fish Up Close’ event involves a tour
of the GFT hatchery as well as a tour of Torhouse Trout Farm.

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.


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