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 submitted a response to the recent public consultation put forward by the Scottish Government (SG) on their Sectoral Marine Plans for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. This second round of public consultation sought to gather views on, amongst other things, whether the SG’s approach to planning marine renewables was being approached correctly, whether their sustainability appraisals were acceptable, whether appropriate mitigation had been identified, views on the scale of development that could be accommodated in Scottish waters, which of the draft plan options were acceptable (should a developer decide to submit a proposal within that sector) and whether they were located in the correct places. GFT’s response took the line of highlighting the current lack of knowledge and understanding of anadromous fish migration routes in the marine environment and the need for more research before more wind, wave and tidal developments were installed in potentially sensitive locations. For example, it is not currently known which routes salmon and grilse take to and from their feeding grounds, where exactly sea trout feed and go to when they’re at sea, where non-salmonid fish such as Twaite and Allis shad live and where sensitive areas for the migratory species of lamprey might be. GFT believes that all these issues need investigated further before our seas fill up with more renewable developments, from which the potential cumulative impacts are currently unknown.