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Galloway Fisheries Trust

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

Interesting day on the Urr

19 December 2013

Jackie identifying and measuring juvenile lamprey

Jackie identifying and measuring juvenile lamprey

A perch and a flounder from the lower Dalbeattie Burn

A perch and a flounder from the lower Dalbeattie Burn

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.

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