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
It has been a busy run up to school holidays this year with three school electrofishing days and six Tongland tours taking place over the last couple of weeks. Each salmon project that was started in February/March requires a third and final session involving an electrofishing demonstration back at the river where each class released their salmon fry in part two of the project during spring.
Most of Garlieston Primary school returned to Malzie Burn to seek out their salmon fry. As normal, we were able to catch a good number of salmon and trout fry and parr as well as a few eels for the children to look at and identify.
With the S4 Biology students of Dalry High School, we returned to a small tributary of the Shirmers Burn beside the Dee hatchery on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee catchment. This small burn has a terrific amount of invertebrate life in it, but sadly also a lot of signal crayfish. Never the less, the students were able to see salmon and trout fry and parr and some minnows that were caught using electrofishing.
Our last school group of the week were Stranraer Academy who had previously released salmon into the Lady Burn at Glenluce as part of a Geography project looking into water quality and pressures of land use throughout the River Luce catchment.
If you would like to be involved in the Salmon in the Classroom Project (or similar style project) next year, please contact Rowan Armstrong. If you would like to bring a group to take a tour of Tongland Power Station and Dam, contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.