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
Galloway Fisheries Trust have been commissioned under the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Project to undertake the 'Loch Ken Fisheries Study'. This project, which is one of a number of development stage projects being managed by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, follows on from a pilot study GFT undertook on Loch Ken earlier in 2016, under contract to Scottish Natural Heritage.
Within this project, GFT will gather data and information about the coarse fish and fishing of Loch Ken, to help improve how the fishery is managed and promoted in the future. We will gather data from anglers over the year including during match days and collect views on how the fishery might be improved upon and developed. The project, which will run from November 2016 to July 2017, will collect information required to inform a possible 5 year project proposal within the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Project'.
Are you interested in the development of Loch Ken Fishery?
If the answer is 'Yes', we would love to hear from you, particularly regarding your angling experience on Loch Ken. There are a number of ways in which you can input your ideas to this project:
Citizen Science – Loch Ken Angling Record
As an angler fishing on Loch Ken, you can help us gather fisheries data by completing and returning a short survey known as the 'Loch Ken Angling Record'. You can pick up a record from one of the participating Loch Ken ticket outlets, which include the Loch Ken Holiday Park at Parton, J R Hopkins Newsagents and the Post Office (both in New Galloway). Alternatively, we have a downloadable version of the record attached to this page, which you can complete and return to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark your email FAO Rowan McCleary. We would like to collect as many angling records as possible up until June 2017. As a little incentive to participating anglers, all completed forms that we receive will be entered into a monthly prize draw for a £50 angling tackle voucher. At the start of each month, a winner from the previous months entries will be selected and notified using the contact details provided on the record (make sure and leave us your contact details!). Winners will also be publicised on our website and social media pages.
We will also be carrying out an interview-led questionnaire of anglers known as the 'Loch Ken Creel Record' up to two day's per month. Please take ten minutes to talk to our surveyors if you are fishing on a survey day. Make sure and give as much information to our surveyors as possible and if you feel you want time to think up some ideas, you can always contact us by email at a later date.
Angling matches are regularly held on Loch Ken. At times, between 30 and 50 anglers can be fishing on sections along the upper West bank (New Galloway Angling Association) and upon the East Bank at Glenlaggan. Having this many anglers gathered on Loch Ken at the one time presents the ideal opportunity for us to gather fish data as well as views on the fishery from those fishing. We hope to attend three match days on the loch as part of this project. As an angler fishing at one of these matches - we would welcome your support in allowing us access to your catch for data collection at the close of the match. You may also wish to complete a 'Loch Ken Angling Record' at the same time and there is a section marked in red on the questionnaire that you should use in this instance.
Sampling fish using seine netting
Finally, we are gathering fish data with the use of seine netting. This method of fish sampling helps us to gather juvenile fish without harming them, in some of the bays where we cannot target recreational or match anglers. We have completed two seine netting days as part of this project and will undertake a third during summer 2017.
Stakeholder engagement - get in touch/stay in touch
Through the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Project, there is an opportunity to improve the fishery of Loch Ken. What would you like to see being done? If we didn't manage to speak to you at one of our open events held in November and you would like to input to this project, please email us at email@example.com.
We will report on all of our findings from this study in August 2017. Until then, look out for regular updates on this project via our news section and social media pages. If you are interested in the other projects that fall into this development stage of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, please take a look at the website www.gallowayglens.org.
Project Steering Group
The project is managed by a Steering Group of representatives from the main funding organisations:
This project is supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA.