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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

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

Electrofishing on the Water of App

11 September 2014

The headwaters of the Water of App offers good instream habitats for juvenile salmon and trout

The headwaters of the Water of App offers good instream habitats for juvenile salmon and trout

This small collection of woody debris contained a surprising number of juvenile trout

This small collection of woody debris contained a surprising number of juvenile trout

The middle sections of the Water of App has very mobile substrates but still supports high numbers of fish

The middle sections of the Water of App has very mobile substrates but still supports high numbers of fish

The Water of App is a small river which runs into Loch Ryan close to Cairnryan. The GFT organised in 2001 to remove a man-made dam which had been constructed to divert water into a nearby fish farm. The dam was a total barrier which stopped salmon and sea trout from entering the river for years. Since its removal, the sea trout population has recovered strongly and salmon but to a lesser extent.

The burn was electrofished in July to check on the health of the fish populations. The burn contains good quality instream habitats but as the catchment is steep sided it rises very quickly and substrates can be very mobile. Four sites were surveyed along its length and all contained good densities of juvenile trout (from sea trout) were found – up to 102 trout per 100 m2 of water. Salmon fry though were absent from three of the sites in 2014 which was a disappointment as in recent years they have been found throughout the river.

At one site, just above where the A77 crosses over the river, the importance of woody debris in watercourses was highlighted. Woody debris in a watercourse is a particularly important habitat for juvenile salmonids particularly trout and should be encouraged and not removed. At this site a total of 22 trout fry, 20 trout parr were caught in a 16.5 meter length of the burn. Over three quarters of these fish were found hidden in a small mass of woody debris caught up on one of the banks. Without this woody debris being present a lot less fish would have been living here.


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