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
Second year pupils at Stranraer Academy have been housing 100 salmon eggs in their school since the start of February. During the six weeks that the salmon have been developing in a cooler tank system, the pupils have narrowed down possible release sites from six sites to three. Having decided their eggs should be returned to their native river (the River Luce); the pupils have to undertake fieldwork at three locations to determine if landuse surrounding the site, water quality and instream habitat are suitable to promote the growth and successful development of their alevins.
On Monday, working down the River Luce catchment, the pupils discussed the limitations of each site in terms of channel width and depth, variety of flow types, pH, land use, sources of pollution and bankside cover.
Site 1 situated at the top of the Cross Water of Luce was found to be least suitable for placing the salmon back into due to a lack of river flow at the site (deep pool and glide flow types), lower pH and lack of bankside and instream cover. Site 2 within the Cross Water of Luce was found to be more suitable; with pH values, flow types and instream cover all thought to promote salmon development. Site 3, within the Lady Burn in Glenluce was also found to tick all the boxes and the pupils selected this site from the three sites to return their young salmon to.
Similar to the Salmon in the Classroom Project, the pupils will return to their salmon release site in summer and oversee electrofishing as a means of capturing their salmon and assessing their development. Being able to see how well their salmon have (or haven’t) developed helps determine whether their site decision making this spring was a success.