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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
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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

Fish Barrier Removal Project - Stakeholder Meeting

20 January 2016

The dis-used Creamery Weir is a complete barrier to migratory fish within the Old Mill Burn near Twynholm

The dis-used Creamery Weir is a complete barrier to migratory fish within the Old Mill Burn near Twynholm

The sluice gate adjacent to the old creamery buildings has also been investigated for fish access within the  detailed design phase

The sluice gate adjacent to the old creamery buildings has also been investigated for fish access within the detailed design phase

Barriers to Fish Migration, Detailed Design, Creamery Weir

Stakeholder Meeting, Tongland Power Station
Tuesday 26th January 2016, 10:30-13:00

As a Twynholm landowner, environmental agency, community/council representative or interested party; we would like to invite you to attend a meeting at Tongland Power Station on Tuesday 26th January 2016 to share with you the recent developments of an in-river barrier easement project that Galloway Fisheries Trust have been assisting the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) with over the last three years.

In-river man-made barriers impede and obstruct the migration of fish.  Barriers such as these downgrade the classification of waterbodies due to their effect on natural fish passage.  Within Galloway, from the list of known man-made barriers that are eligible for easements using the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Water Environment Fund (WEF), the dis-used Creamery weir and sluice gate situated on the Old Mill Burn near Twynholm has been selected as a priority barrier due to the structure presenting a complete barrier to migrating fish species in its present form.

With kind permission from the weir (and associated creamery buildings) owner, JBA Consultants have been gathering data which will help understand the impacts that may arise from alterations to the weir.  An initial scoping study was carried out in 2015 identifying potential options to enable fish to migrate across the barrier, and agreement for removal of the structure was supported by stakeholders.  Furthermore, JBA Consulting has recently completed a detailed design phase (full report attached here).

As a result of this and in order to canvass views and opinions, a stakeholder meeting has been arranged and we would welcome interested parties to attend. The meeting will take the form of a Project Review presentation by JBA Consulting at Tongland Power Station and a subsequent question and answer session, before visiting the weir to discuss any concerns arising from the effects of a proposed weir removal (hoped to take place later this year) on the immediate community, road users and wildlife.

Please contact Rowan Armstrong at the GFT by phone or email rowan@gallowayfisheriestrust.org if you are interested in attending the above meeting.


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