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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

Fish rescue near Dalbeattie

01 June 2015

This years trout fry and some juvenile lamprey

This years trout fry and some juvenile lamprey

Cable being laid through the burn in the dry

Cable being laid through the burn in the dry

Construction of the temporary dam in the Knock Burn

Construction of the temporary dam in the Knock Burn

Trout Parr

Trout Parr

GFT recently were involved in removing fish from a section of the Knock Burn, a tributary of the Kirkgunzean Lane (also known as the Dalbeattie Burn) near Dalbeattie where the burn splits into two. Scottish Power were laying a power cable under the burn and thus needed to dam off about 10 metres of the burn and over pump the water to give a dry working area. This is standard practice for such works but does require all fish in the working area to be moved to a new location and adequate silt control measures to be put in place.
Once the burn was low enough, adequate pumps were on site to deal with the water flows and silt control measures were agreed (using sedimats and straw filters) the works took place. GFT removed nearly 100 fish from only a short length of the burn. They were mostly trout fry but some juvenile lampreys and eels were also caught from this small burn. It was encouraging to see so many fish and highlights the importance of these small streams especially for trout spawning. The process of damming the burn, over pumping and pipe laying took about 4 hours and GFT were on site to ensure the water quality and habitats were protected.
Every year GFT undertake about 10 fish rescues, at various work sites across Galloway for a range of purposes.


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