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 River Bladnoch fishing season opened on the 11th February. Although many well mended salmon kelts were caught on opening day, no springers were caught. By the middle of the week heavy rainfall resulted in a large flood making the river unfishable. The Bladnoch has a very early spring salmon run and fish will be present in the river from February onwards although in most years it is not until March and April that many fish start being caught. Since the 1970s acidification of the headwaters, where most of the spring salmon spawn, has impacted on this important sub-population. Recovery of water quality in these headwaters is a priority work area for GFT. It is important that anglers play their role in protecting springers by practicing catch and release – most springers are female and a 10lb fish can contain over 7,000 eggs.
Neil had a number of volunteer days (as part of the Galloway Fisheries Volunteer Scheme) planned in this week including erecting bankside fencing on the Barhoise Burn (Bladnoch) and clearing large tracts of tunnelled gorse from the Innermessan Burn near Stranraer with members of the Stranraer and District Angling Association. High water meant these days had to be cancelled and they will be rearranged over the next few weeks. Please contact Neil if you are interested in becoming involved in the volunteer project. We are to be running volunteer work days on several rivers in the next few months – come and join the work teams!
A meeting was held at Penwhirn reservoir to update GFT and the Luce DSFB on the dam raising project. Work is progressing with only minor delays impacting the work programme – mainly from flood water overspilling the dam. GFT are now in liaison with Scottish Water on quantifying the overall importance of the spawning and juvenile habitat loss in the Penwhirn Burn in the stretch of burn to be inundated by the new reservoir level once the dam has been raised.