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
The Annan DSFB invited Jackie to visit Harestanes Wind Farm in the Forest of Ae. This wind farm is currently under construction and there have been innumerable problems with silt since construction started in earnest towards the end of last year – not helped by the wet weather (including several April shower hailstorms!). Since the Annan DSFB got involved in January this year, huge efforts have been made by the contractor and Scottish Power Renewables to install large scale measures to alleviate the high levels of silt being produced by construction activities from entering on-site watercourses. It is thought that the local stone being used for road construction has been the cause of some of the siltation problems. As we continue to deal with a high number of wind farm applications in our area it was a valuable insight into what could potentially happen during construction, as well as effective mitigation measures which can be incorporated into the design process of these types of developments.