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Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
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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

GFT Update (3rd - 10th Feb 2013)

10 February 2013

Invitees from various organisations and funding charities join GFT staff<br />and trustees at our annual open Trustees Meeting held on Wednesday

Invitees from various organisations and funding charities join GFT staff
and trustees at our annual open Trustees Meeting held on Wednesday

Walking to the foot of the Black Esk Reservoir dam.

Walking to the foot of the Black Esk Reservoir dam.

Egg boxes are placed within the river bed close to the tail end of a pool,<br />where there is fast- flowing well-oxygenated water. A covering of<br />larger rocks helps prevent wash-out during high river flows.

Egg boxes are placed within the river bed close to the tail end of a pool,
where there is fast- flowing well-oxygenated water. A covering of
larger rocks helps prevent wash-out during high river flows.

This Wednesday the GFT Trustees met for their biannual Trustees Meeting in Gatehouse of Fleet. GFT is a registered charity and has 12 trustees with a range of expertise and disciplines. There are two representing each of the core river catchments. Once the formalities of the trustees meeting were completed the meeting opened up to a range of invitees from various organisations and groups that we work day to day with (including D & G Council, Wild Trout Trust, local councillors, Wildlife Crime Officers, MSPs, SEPA, LEADER, etc) to see presentations from Jamie, Jackie, Rowan and Neil on the work they have completed over the last year and plans for the forthcoming year. Interesting discussions were then held after the talks about a range of subjects. Feedback from invitees continues to be very positive regarding the running of this annual event.

Jackie met with Scottish Water, Black & Veach and Buccleuch Estates on the Black Esk to look at the initial stages of the dam raising project near Sandyford. The huge earth and clay dam is getting heightened to increase capacity in the reservoir for times of drought. Plans to increase drinking water capacity were put in place after the summer drought in 2010. GFT are keen to keep up to date with the construction developments here as there is a healthy population of salmonids downstream of the dam in the Black Esk, despite a general lack of natural water flow from the current compensation arrangement.


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