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
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.