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
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Meeting of Dee fishery interests
09 May 2013
Pullaugh Burn with its new compensation flow.
On 15th April, the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board held their Annual General Meeting at New Galloway. Rowan gave the meeting an illustrated talk covering various issues including:
- First phase improvements have now been completed by Scottish Power (SP) on the Pullaugh Burn and Black Water of Dee following the review of SP Controlled Activities Regulation (CAR) licence. To increase water flow in the Black Water of Dee; Scottish Power have re-established flow down the Pullaugh Burn that was in its entirety, previously fed by canal through to Clatteringshaws reservoir. From December 2012, the compensation flow has been increased; at Pullaugh Burn from zero to 0.224m3/sec and on the Black Water of Dee (at Hensol Weir) from 0.63m3/sec to 0.914m3/sec.
- SP have proposed that a change in compensation flow regime at Tongland may be adopted and GFT have begun a two part investigation into how this might best be managed. Various flow trials and gauging are presently being undertaken.
- Vaki data showed the 2012 annual salmon totals ascending Tongland fish pass as 792, with the summer run peak earlier than normal.
- Regarding the Barrier Easement Project, it is hoped that plans will progress this year for undertaking easements on two fish obstructions on the Tarff.
- Controlling Priority Invasive Species and Restoring Native Biodiversity (CIRB) Project on the Dee, 4,500 m2 of Japanese knotweed now controlled through stem injection of roundup pro-biactive.
- A lengthy discussion on American Signal Crayfish took place prompted by the recent proposal that has been put to Marine Scotland, SNH and SEPA for a commercial trapping operation at the side of Loch Ken. To date, none of the agencies have supported this proposal and it likely that a trapping project will only be supported in future on an entirely non-commercial basis.