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
We have been keeping a close eye on developments at Penwhirn Reservoir (Luce) and Black Esk Reservoir (Border Esk) where dam raising operations are taking place to provide a larger buffer for public water supplies in times of drought (see News story from 11th to 17th February 2013, below). Because the dam raising operations have required a partial draining down of the reservoirs, waters levels are sitting at around 2.5m below normal operating capacity, and in times of prolonged dry weather there is concern over maintaining the current public water supply level of demand. We are working with Scottish Water to assess the impacts that a reduced compensation flow from the respective dams could have on fish populations in watercourses downstream which are dependent on compensation flows, for future ‘drought’ conditions.