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
Earlier this week the ‘2nd International Sea Trout Symposium – from Science to Management’ was held in Dundalk over 3 days. It was a fascinating conference which presented and discussed a wide range of work associated with understanding the threats to sea trout and how best to protect and enhance them.
GFT, with the support of many local anglers and DSFBs, were involved in collecting sea trout samples to input to a large sea trout focussed project called the Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) between 2009 and 2012. This project studied sea trout both in and around the Irish Sea. Ninety nine rivers in Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and Scotland (including the Cree, Luce, Fleet and Border Esk) were involved with over 6,700 individual sea trout sampled.
It has been frustrating waiting for the results and outputs of the project to finally emerge. We were pleased to see that various talks at the conference were presenting findings from the CSTP which will help to understand the Solway sea trout populations and improve their management and restoration. We have been assured that the CSTP reports will be out in November and GFT plan to circulate summaries of the local rivers findings soon after.
For interest I have put up some pictures of the power point slides from the talks which mention the local rivers.