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
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.