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
Today we electrofished Tongland fish pass to help the Dee (Kirkcudbrightshire) DFSB gather some salmon for use as broodstock in their hatchery. This is always a bit of a hit or miss event with some years turning lot's of fish and other years (like last year) turning very few.
But today was to be a good day....and surprise surprise, we turned our first salmon in the top pool and before long, one became four! Progress was slow as we made our way downstream due to the amount of sea trout. It's not likely that the sea trout (or salmon) hanging about in the fish pass want to spawn here, so we give them a helping hand where we can and net them into keep nets before replacing them upstream of the dam when electrofishing has ceased.
So whilst Neil and Rowan worked the anode and netted fish within the pass; Tim, Victoria and Andy were on hand on the walkway to transport the fish to keep nets stationed throughout the pass. After about three hours, we were tidied up and ready to go through the keep nets which contained 116 sea trout and brown trout and 13 salmon - including 8 hens, one of which was a real topper. But our most exciting catch of the day was a massive cock fish who angrily surfaced one of the smaller chambers down by the Vaki pool after evading capture for three or four pools!
Truly, this was a gem of a day and not what we expected on Friday 13th!