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
As reported earlier this year, first phase improvements were completed by Scottish Power on the Pullaugh Burn following the SEPA review of their Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licence. Since the installation of the Galloway Hydros Scheme, the Pullaugh Burn, which flows from Loch Grannoch down into the Black Water of Dee, had been, in its entirety, dammed and fed via canals and underground pipes through to Clatteringshaws reservoir to be used for hydro generation at Glenlee Power Station. Since December 2012, the Pullaugh Burn had a compensation flow of 0.224 m3/sec released from the dam ensuring a water flow exists once again in the lower 1,000 m of the burn which has contained no running water for many decades. The burn is now reconnected back to the Black Water of Dee which is also benefitting from an increased compensation flow below Clatteringshaws Dam.
GFT and the Dee DSFB are delighted to report that electrofishing this summer has shown that brown trout have already returned to the new section of burn in only a few months. Densities were low (4 trout parr in 20 metre length of burn and no fry) but it is really encouraging to see fish moving in naturally already and it is hoped numbers will increase with time.