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
Poor historical forestry practice across the catchments of the headwaters of many Galloway rivers has reduced both water quality and the fish populations they can support. It is estimated that over 240 km of these headwater rivers and streams are now impacted by acidification. Extensive areas of Sitka spruce planted on poorly buffered soils can result in acidification. Some degree of recovery has occurred recently as the forestry is restructured pulling conifers away from water courses and down off the higher ground.
You have the opportunity now to get involved in the consultation process for the new ‘Dumfries and Galloway Forestry and Woodland Strategy‘ to ensure local forests are restructured to higher environmental standards. – consultation closes 4th October 2013. GFT considers the strategy to be a step in the right direction but it should push harder to restructure and remove conifers from the worse affected areas.
Public consultation on the above documents has started and runs until 4th October 2013. The documents can be viewed at all Council Libraries and Planning Offices and online at www.dumgal.gov.uk/forestry. Consultation responses can be submitted by post to: Development Planning, Planning and Environment Service, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Militia House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HR or e-mail to: LDP@dumgal.gov.uk.
The Council is also holding 2 public drop-in sessions which provides an opportunity to ask any questions you may have in relation to these documents.
• MacMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, 9th September drop in any time between 3:00pm and 7:00pm
• Lockerbie Town Hall, 11th September drop in any time between 3:00pm and 7:00pm