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
As we near the end of the CIRB Project (31st December 2014), GFT recently co-delivered an end of project conference, held in the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. Each project partner invited delegates from their area to attend the conference, meaning an audience of sixty plus were in attendance; from local authorities, elected council members, trustees, land owners and volunteers to name a few. The conference was designed to share lessons learned over the course of the 4 years that the CIRB project has run and good practice that has developed as a result of the partners work.
The two day conference was delivered by various presentations on day one including a short documentary video, updates from Ireland and Scotland, hearing of relatively new biological control method of Himalayan Balsam using a rust fungus and looking at the benefits of controlling invasive non-native plant species. Following on from the presentations, a poster and demonstration session was held. The posters were displayed by each project partner, allowing delegates to walk around in groups and discuss their experiences with each project partner. The posters and demonstrations covered a wide range of subjects; from the recovery of native plants to biosecurity measures to ensure no new invasive non-native species is introduced to our watercourses.