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
Whilst much of our annual monitoring is done by electrofishing, invertebrate sampling is equally as important. After all, fish need food as much as a clean and unpolluted environment to live in! So in order to fully investigate what lives beneath the surface, we would like to invite you along to a number of electrofishing demonstration days that will take place locally between July and September. Look out for a provisional calendar of events to be posted shortly…
The electrofishing demonstration events are not expected to last more than half a day each in which time we will have chosen a river site, electrofished through the site (volunteers will have the chance to take part in netting fish out of the water if they bring a set of waders!) and processed the catch. Whilst processing, you’ll have the chance to identify the different species of fish (which could include salmon, trout, eels, lamprey, stoneloach, three spined stickleback, pike and minnows) but also understand better their specific markings. We’ll also be gathering invertebrate samples to record for input into the Riverfly Partnership database and you’ll be encouraged to help identify and score to family groups.
Those of you particularly interested in freshwater invertebrates are being invited to take part in a workshop we will be holding next month.
Awards for All Scotland have funded us to host two Riverfly Partnership River Invertebrate Monitoring Workshops. These will take place locally on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th July. Anybody who has a keen interest in the river environment – maybe an angler or environment enthusiast - is encouraged to contact Rowan to note their interest in attending one of the workshops. We only have a handful of places left on the course and are particularly keen to hear from people who regularly go down the River Luce, Bladnoch and Urr to help set up a freshwater invertebrate monitoring group on each of these rivers. Please contact Rowan at the GFT office or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.