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
Last year we informed you about an important project looking at water temperatures across a selection of Scottish rivers including the River Bladnoch, which was starting – see here for more information. The project is being led by Marine Scotland and the University of Birmingham. At a local level, various Fisheries Trusts are involved in the placement of the loggers and retrieving the data. There are 20 sites located across the Bladnoch catchment and we are presently down loading the data from these loggers.
The overall project aims to address the following objectives:
• To characterise spatial and temporal variability in river thermal regimes for important salmon rivers across Scotland
• To identify the most climatically sensitive locations (sites to regions) and time-periods (seasons to days)
• To improve understanding of hydrological, climatological and basin/site controls and assess buffering of water temperature by non-climatic factors
• To develop large scale spatial models to predict future river temperature changes based on climate and hydrological change scenarios
• To assess mitigation and adaptation strategies for high temperature
• To assess long-term trends in river water temperature
GFT appreciate the opportunity of being able to work with Marine Scotland on this project which aims to understand just how seriously climate change could affect Atlantic salmon populations and will consider how best to mitigate for excessive water temperatures.