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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

Progress at Penwhirn

09 May 2013

Sections of the new wave wall ready to be installed at Penwhirn.

Sections of the new wave wall ready to be installed at Penwhirn.

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.

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