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
The Piltanton Burn, near Stranraer, was once locally renowned for its excellent sea trout angling. In the early 1990’s, sea trout catches underwent a fairly sudden decline largely due to water quality problems. Juvenile salmonid densities found in the burn around this time varied between years and in 1995, a marked decline was observed which prompted a sea trout stock enhancement hatchery programme to take place on the burn. Between 1997 and 2007, the Dunragit Angling Club operated a fish trap at the bottom of the Chlenry Burn and this provided wild fish broodstock for the hatchery programme.
In order to improve instream habitat for fish, a programme of habitat enhancement works including the fencing of 3.12 km of riparian zone which had become degraded by intense agricultural practices; tree planting along the banksides of the lower Piltanton Burn; and blockage and gorse removal within 5 km of the Chlenry Burn and its tributaries all took place, largely funded by the HLF Sulwath Connection Project between 2008 and 2010.
In order to monitor sea trout (and salmon) stock on the Piltanton Burn, three electrofishing sites were selected as part of the 2008 RAFTS fishery management planning process. Two of the three sites are situated on the Piltanton Burn – one downstream of the bridge at Lochans and one further upstream at Greenfields. The third site monitors juvenile fish stock on the Chlenry Burn which is an important tributary that joins the Piltanton in its lower reaches.