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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

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

2012/13 Upland Waters Monitoring Network results released

17 March 2014

Loch Dee, which the Dargall Lane flows into

Loch Dee, which the Dargall Lane flows into

Round Loch of Glenhead

Round Loch of Glenhead

Loch Grannoch

Loch Grannoch

Last week we had an interesting email from Rick Battarbee telling us that the 2012/13 Upland Waters Monitoring Network results were now available. The United Kingdom Acid Waters Monitoring Network (UK AWMN) was established in 1988 to monitor the chemical and ecological impact of acid deposition in areas of the UK believed to be at risk. Annual surveying has provided an extremely valuable long-term record of water chemistry and biology. In 2013 the UK AWMN became the Upland Waters Monitoring Network (UWMN) designed to ‘track changes in surface water quality and freshwater biodiversity across all upland regions of the UK, not only those sensitive to acid deposition. As resources allow the role of the network will be expanded by adding new sites and new protocols needed to monitor the separate and combined impacts of all principal pressures facing upland waters, including acid deposition, nutrient-N deposition, climate change, toxic substance contamination and land-use change’. A total of 22 upland sites are surveyed (including 3 from Galloway) annually for chemical and biological data. All are low alkalinity sites and cover a range of high and low acid deposition, with afforested and non-afforested catchments and standing water and running water sites. The 2012 – 2013 data report is now out which includes chemical data (non-marine sulphate, nitrate, pH, ANC, labile al, Ca, Chloride and DOC) and biological data (diatoms, aquatic plants, macro-invertebrates and fish (mainly brown trout)).

Click here to download the report 
The report includes Galloway data for the Round Loch of Glenhead, Dargall Lane and Loch Grannoch outflow – see pages 86 – 116. All sites are showing signs of improving water quality.


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