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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Malzie Burn fish access improved

09 November 2015

Neil, our chainsaw operator, planning how to complete the job safely

Neil, our chainsaw operator, planning how to complete the job safely

We were out today checking fish access past some fallen trees which a farmer reported to us on the Malzie Burn (Bladnoch tributary).

Woody debris is an extremely important habitat for fish (especially salmon and trout parr) and thus we are always very careful only to remove it where the problems it creates outweighs the advantages of it as a habitat for fish. In this instance we were concerned that the fallen conifers were collecting large amounts of debris, causing fish access problems and causing a backup of the water resulting in less suitable habitat and further silt deposition upstream.

We removed the lower branches of these windblown conifers to improve things. The Malzie Burn here is fenced off from livestock grazing so there is plenty of other good overhanging and draped vegetation cover for fish.

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