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
Tongland Reservoir is currently dewatered for up to two weeks in order to carry out essential maintenance and inspection works. The timings of this work have been allocated to try and limit effects of the work on fish moving in an upstream and downstream direction through the fish pass. During this time the minimum compensation flow will be provided through the needle valve on the Dam. The needle valve will also be used to discharge all natural inflows through Tongland Reservoir, or during periods of high inflows through the floodgates.
The Reservoir level has been reduced approx 20ft below minimum operating level which means that the fish pass will be out of service throughout the works. For this reason, GFT undertook an extensive fish rescue on Monday the 13th May throughout the fish ladder. Fish found likely to be moving in a downstream direction (smolts and kelts) were replaced below the fish pass and all others (brown trout, sea trout, eels etc) were placed some distance upstream of the reservoir.
It has been at least 15 years since Tongland Reservoir has been dewatered to such an extent. Below are a couple of pictures taken by Scottish Power engineers during the first week. For more photos, please see the gallery.