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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

Esk fish barrier easement success!

23 August 2013

The new deeper concentrated flow, allows fish to ascend the two stepped structure

The new deeper concentrated flow, allows fish to ascend the two stepped structure

The stepped bridge apron on the Billholm Burn prior to easement work

The stepped bridge apron on the Billholm Burn prior to easement work

Some readers of our website may recall an article about some fish barrier easement work undertaken on the Border Esk under the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Sulwath Connections’ (more information here and in our Gallery) a few years ago. We have recently been electrofishing on the Border Esk and whilst surveying the Billhom Burn upstream of a problematic bridge apron we found a high number of trout fry. The numbers found are encouraging as it suggests that sea trout are contributing to the population of fish here. Previous to the barrier easement being installed, low number of trout fry and parr were found upstream of the stepped concrete apron which would only have been passable in high water. We are currently working with the Environment Agency on a fish barrier project (more information here) so finding that recent easement work has been successful is really encouraging


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