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
New statutory measures under ‘The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Times and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014’ are now in force making it illegal to kill any salmon in Scotland before 1st April. This covers both angling and net fisheries. All salmon caught by anglers between the start of the fishing season and the 1st April must be carefully released and not killed even if the fish is bleeding badly. These measures will be reviewed annually.
It is important to remember that most rivers will have their own DSFB River Rules in addition to the new statutory measures. Both the River Cree and Bladnoch require anglers to return spring salmon up to the 1st June. GFT strongly support these measures aimed at protecting the fragile spring salmon populations found locally. Most spring salmon are female and their eggs will produce the next generations of ‘springers’. The killing of a large spring salmon could potentially remove nearly 10,000 eggs from the system. These spring running multi-sea winter salmon typically head to the headwaters to spawn where acidification can be a problem in Galloway. Please practice Catch and Release for all salmon up to at least the 1st June (and beyond if fish are coloured).