In 2011 the Galloway Fisheries Trust (GFT) started a three year volunteer project named Galloway Fisheries Volunteer Scheme (GFVS) which will enable local volunteers to assist and learn from the work carried out by GFT.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the GFT in undertaking a wide range of management tasks and data gathering activities across local rivers and still waters.
Some typical tasks that volunteers carry out with GFT include:
The scheme was set up due to strong interest from anglers, land owners, conservationists and youth organisations to get involved in work to protect and improve local freshwaters. This scheme covers all local rivers on the west side of the region between Stranraer and Dalbeattie; Rivers Luce, Bladnoch, Cree, Water of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and Urr.
The project will result in various environmental benefits to a wide range of habitats and species associated with water and riparian areas.
The volunteer projects main aims are to:
Some of the recent volunteer work with the GFVS has been noted in the National Scenic Area newsletters. Tasks such as Himalayan Balsam control, removal of a fallen tree and an Electrofishing demonstration with the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
A range of volunteer days are being organised for the forthcoming months across Galloway. Anyone interested to get involved as a volunteer or if you have a project idea which you think the volunteer team could help with then contact GFVS Project Officer Neil Dalrymple at GFT on 01671 403011 or click on Contact Us.
THE FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT HAS NOW FINISHED. WE ARE PRESENTING APPLYING FOR FUNDS TO CONTINUE SIMILAR WORK AND WE WILL REPORT ON THE NEWS SECTION WHEN WE KNOW MORE.
This project is supported by funding from SNH, Solway Heritage, SWEAT and The Robertson Trust.
Each spring the GFT organises an afternoon of presentations covering our work over the previous year. The attendees are usually various funders, supporting organisations, key stakeholders and interested parties.
During the summer this year, we undertook a project (commissioned by Scottish Power) examining why in some years at Tongland fish pass there are a larger number of returning adult Atlantic salmon which are heavily infected with Saprolegnia fungus, in comparison to other years.
A summary of the 2018 timed electrofishing surveys for the Urr are provided. These surveys target salmon fry and provide information on annual fluctuations and distribution across 12 sites spread over the catchment.