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 have three school projects on the go at the moment – two within primary schools and one within a secondary school. This morning, Dalbeattie Primary School Eco Group successfully returned their hatched salmon to their native river (the Dee). Over the last five weeks, 100 Dee salmon have been slowly developing within a cooler tank system within Dalbeattie Primary School under the watchful eye of the Eco Group (a small group of representatives from each class within the school who feedback project outcomes to their peers). The cooler tank controls the river water temperature that the salmon live in, but the pupils must check that the temperature range functions correctly (at around 5 to 6 oC), that the air pump is continuously on, any salmon morts are removed and that the tank containing the salmon is kept in darkness.
Once all the eggs hatch, GFT return to the school and accompanied by the class, transport the salmon back to their native river. Usually, the class also see where their salmon were initially reared to eyed ova (in a hatchery). The class then have the opportunity to take a tour of Torhouse Trout Farm on the River Bladnoch where they learn about the processes involved in rearing fish for market.
The Eco Group completed their field visits this morning and will return to their salmon release site in summer, when they will witness electrofishing and hopefully be able to see their salmon again – this time as fry.
GFT would like to thank the Dee(K)DSFB who have kindly donated salmon eggs for use in the school projects this year.