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
GFT regularly advises on whether planned work such as flood prevention projects or bridge replacements are likely to have a negative impact on surrounding fish populations, water quality and habitats. If there are potential concerns then we will suggest mitigation measures or advise against undertaking the works. Recently we have been commenting to D & G Council on a number of their bridge projects involving repairs or new constructions. Our main concerns are normally associated with timing (to protect fish eggs / alevins in redds), fish access, siltation, degrading habitats or direct mortality. Some works require a section of the water course to be blocked off and isolated (often using 1 tonne sand bags) and the running water is pumped over it. This gives the contractors a dry work area. In these cases fish in the section to be isolated need to be electrofished out and moved to a safe part of the watercourse. These fish rescues can often remove many fish and help highlight to contractors how important it is they don’t cause any pollution when undertaking their works.
Recent fish rescues include:
• 5 eels, 18 trout fry and 87 trout parr caught in only 20 metres of a small burn (Wee Glenamour outflow) which enters The Lane near Newton Stewart. The work taking place is a bridge widening. This density of trout shows this is an important sea trout spawning burn.
• 3 eels (largest was just over 300 mm long), 86 trout fry and 5 trout parr were removed from a 15 metres length of the Collin Burn (tributary of Wauchope Burn, Border Esk near Langholm). A new bridge is being constructed here. Fish densities show this is an important sea trout spawning burn.
• 33 brown trout fry caught in the Mill Burn (which runs into Carlingwark Loch, Dee catchment) where bridge repairs are to take place.