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 Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) is a web based information system, which supports nature conservation across the UK. It helps users find out where practical action is taking place to benefit important habitats and species as well as generating summaries of the data and helps others to learn from completed projects. It is envisaged that this shared intelligence will help national and local communities plan and better coordinate their conservation activities and will be used by Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) Partnerships, local authorities and Local Community Planning Partners. GFT, RAFTS and the Cromarty Fishery Trust have been contracted by SNH to test the new system and to input their local fisheries data. On Monday Jamie attended a training event on how to use the system. Check http://ukbars.defra.gov.uk/ to find out more.
Also on Monday, Rowan and Jackie undertook some surveying to feed into our Barrier Easement Project that we have been involved with RAFTS over the last year. In order to apply for funding, we are required to undertake a SNIFFER barrier assessment as well as electrofishing above and below possible obstructions. This year we are hoping to progress with two disused weirs on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee Tarff system; one of which is an obstruction to fish migration in low flows and the second, a complete barrier to upstream migration under any flow. The complete barrier is of great importance to us because an extensive fish kill on the burn several years ago has meant only very low densities of trout are now found within over 10 km of lovely juvenile habitat upstream of the weir. We would like to see the burn fulfil its potential as an excellent nursery ground once again.