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
We had a couple of biologists out recently undertaking some juvenile lamprey surveys on the lower River Urr catchment. These surveys are part of an agreed monitoring programme for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm development covering possible impacts on migratory fish species (sparling, shad, lamprey, sea trout and Atlantic salmon). The electrofishing surveys concentrated on suitable fine substrate habitats at a number of sites on the lower Urr and Dalbeattie Burn where lamprey ammocoetes were recorded. While out the biologists reported various other interesting things. In the lower Urr good numbers of healthy salmon and trout parr were noted while electrofishing – good signs for future smolt runs. While electrofishing the lower Dalbeattie Burn and the River Urr upstream of Dalbeattie Bridge, large numbers of small flounders were found. At these sites young perch were also found living in dense vegetation by the banksides. Although we were aware that perch are found in the Urr, we have never recorded them before in our electrofishing surveys. With riparian vegetation starting to die back now, we also found some giant hogweed on the Dalbeattie Burn that had been missed during the extensive spraying programme (completed as part of the CIRB project) undertaken over the last few summers. Approximately 4,000 m2 of hogweed was controlled on the Urr catchment and the missed plants will now be controlled in the future. Please report to Neil Dalrymple (GFT CIRB Project Officer) if you are aware of any Giant Hogweed near water courses which have not been controlled so that they can be included in future control.