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
The low water flows during the present heat wave is providing a good opportunity for us to undertake electrofishing surveys across the river catchments we work on. We started fieldwork in early July, slightly later than usual, as the cold spring delayed the development of the early life stages of salmon and trout this year. We aim to undertake electrofishing surveys from July through to the end of September if conditions are suitable. Electrofishing surveys look at a wide range of things including monitoring of wild spawning success, effectiveness of hatchery programmes, habitat use, impacts of acidification, to direct and monitor enhancement works and to consider how potential developments may impact on fish populations. In the last few days though water temperatures are starting to approach the maximums advised for electrofishing!
Future news stories will cover some of the findings of these electrofishing surveys.