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
In Dalry, the high school are currently housing salmon eggs obtained from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee hatchery which they hope to hatch out as part of a reproduction topic they are completing that takes a look at external fertilisation. Their eyed ova should hatch within the next couple of weeks and the class will then return their salmon to the Dee and take a tour around the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee hatchery, managed by Tim Ewing, who is also secretary to the Dee DSFB and head bailiff on the river.
Across on the Cree, we have been involved in delivering a primary education project to Minnigaff School, who have successfully hatched their salmon eyed ova (kindly donated by the Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust) over the last couple of weeks. This morning, the kids did a marvellous job returning their alevins to the Campbell’s Burn (Penkiln Burn catchment) in miserable wet conditions before taking a tour of the Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust hatchery, assisted by hatchery manager Murdo Crosby. We look forward to completing the project under drier/warmer conditions in June, when we will return to the Campbell’s Burn to electrofish and study the salmon as fry and parr and take a closer look at catchment pressures on salmon survival.