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
We have completed all the electrofishing training course we aimed to run this year: two Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre (SFCC) Introductory Electrofishing courses, and one SFCC Team Leader Electrofishing course. Both courses are recognised as a Scottish Vocational Qualification and are thus run through the college network, namely the SRUC Barony Campus and Inverness College.
GFT value the input we can have running these courses for the college network, and we believe the reverse is also true as the college network values people from the fisheries industry delivering these courses for them. It is important that biologists are fully trained to be able to collect data of a high standard, and by running these courses each year it gives a level of ‘quality control’ across fisheries survey data collected across Scotland.
This year we ran two Introductory Electrofishing courses back-to-back for the Loughs Agency over in Ireland which although fairly hectic, went well. The Team Leader course was delivered at the Barony Campus to six candidates this year. We aim, with Bob Laughton of the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust, to run a Team Leader refresher course later in the year.