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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

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

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Encouraging electrofishing results from the upper Polbae Burn (Bladnoch catchment)

23 August 2013

Denil Fish pass fitted into the dam at Polbae House

Denil Fish pass fitted into the dam at Polbae House

new bridge constructed to replace old pipe bridge

new bridge constructed to replace old pipe bridge

In 2012 we recorded wild salmon fry in the upper Polbae Burn for the first time since the Trust started electrofishing in 1989. While the lower burn suffers from acidification (particularly below the Dargoal Burn confluence), GFT have always identified that the upper burn has good water quality and instream habitat but salmon did not seem to travel through the acidic lower reaches of the burn. A GFT walk over survey identified two partial man-made obstructions in the lower burn. The CASS project (see here) gave us an opportunity to fit a Denil fish pass to the dam at Polbae House and to replace a problematic Irish pipe bridge further downstream. Over twenty years of electrofishing found no evidence of natural spawning in the upper burn until in 2012 when we found good numbers of wild salmon fry for the first time. This year we found a good density of salmon parr (which shows that last year’s fry survived over the winter) and also good numbers of salmon fry again (which shows salmon spawned here again last year). It is unclear whether salmon returning here is due to improving water quality or easing the downstream obstructions – or a combination of both!

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