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
Earlier this year Marine Scotland contacted us to ask if we’d be able to support them in the development of a Scottish Stream Temperature Monitoring Network. As you will know, water temperature is an important factor and control on fish growth, health and survival. There are increasing concerns about climate change and the subsequent changes in river temperatures, potentially negatively affecting our native fish species. A potential way to mitigate this is the planting of deciduous trees in the riparian zone to provide shade. Marine Scotland had identified a lack of knowledge and understanding of the temperature variability at a large scale across Scotland which could reliably inform management/mitigation actions, now and in the future. This type of monitoring is already taking place in other countries so Scotland are playing catch up.
This new project, put forward by Marine Scotland, is facilitating the installation of a network of temperature monitoring stations in a set of representative river catchments – one of which is the River Bladnoch - across Scotland in order to gain data to fill this gap in knowledge. Marine Scotland envisage the collection of temperature data to be over the long-term in order to help assess long-term environmental change. Faye Jackson from Birmingham University (a PhD student) is leading on this project initially but after her PhD has been completed the project collecting water temperature data will continue.