Skunk cabbage

An invasive plant species that has the capacity to block waterways if left unchecked.

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Sparling

Sparling on the Cree spawning ground

‘Saving the Sparling’ Project

Trout parr

Commonly found across Dumfries and Galloway

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Salmon parr

Salmon parr found across Dumfries and Galloway

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Loch Ken Fisheries Study

Galloway Fisheries Trust have been commissioned under the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Project to undertake the 'Loch Ken Fisheries Study'.

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Latest News


Impacts of acidification on Brown trout populations in Southwest Scotland

A paper just published in the leading peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology looks at the current numbers and genetic diversity of Brown trout populations in Southwest Scotland.

Celebrating World Ocean Day

To celebrate our river and oceans the GFT team joined other conservation organisations for a World Oceans Day extravaganza held in Port Williams harbour!

Learning on the River Dee with Kells Primary School!

On Friday morning Jess, our Prioritised Salmon Habitat Restoration Officer, was joined along the banks of the River Dee by the enthusiastic pupils of Kells Primary School. This term the pupils of Kells Primary are learning all about Scottish nature.

GFT Training Events

In the past few weeks GFT have attended and delivered a number of varied training events.

Creating a new wild path along the River Fleet

NSA volunteers have been working hard helping the GFT to create a more accessible wild walk along the banks of the River Fleet.

BBC Antiques Roadtrip come to Tongland!

Amongst the recent tours at Tongland, we had a visit from the Antiques Roadtrip

The 2019 Dinner Auction

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are excited to announce that on the 31st of August this year we are holding a dinner auction at Loch Inch Castle, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer.

'Contact Us' Update

We recently became aware that our Contact Us enquiry form was faulty and it has now been rectified.

Completion of the Saving the Sparling Project - phase 1

The two-year project aimed at increasing awareness about sparling has come to an end. The project was designed to be delivered by two interns, the second of which Courtney Rowland reflects on her time on the project.

Distribution of INNS in the Dee Catchment

GFT would like to say thank you to everyone that helped us in our plea for information on sightings of American signal crayfish across Galloway.

Smolt sampling on the Bladnoch

GFT are presently sampling smolts caught in a fyke net at the inflow to Torhouse Fish Farm on the lower River Bladnoch. The fyke net also helps provide data on various other fish species within the Bladnoch catchment.

Temperature loggers downloaded this month

GFT are currently in the process of downloading data from temperature loggers which are in 20 sites across the river Bladnoch. The data gets downloaded twice a year; once in April and once in October.

The New Sparling Model Has Arrived!

GFT commissioned a Bolton based taxidermist, Phillip Leggett to create a realistic sparling model. This model accurately represents three adult sparling, which grow up to 30cm and are still present in the River Cree.

Fisheries Management Scotland- Annual Report

GFT recently attended the Fisheries Management Scotland Conference 'Salmon and People in a changing world.

Sparling Goes To School

This year's Saving the Sparling Project Intern has been continuing with the Sparling Goes to School Project by visiting local primary schools to teach pupils about the amazing Sparling.

Water of Fleet electrofishing results 2016-2018

GFT undertake electrofishing surveys on Galloway's river catchments each year. This is a summary of a report on the health of salmon and trout populations in the Fleet catchment between 2016 and 2018.

Saving the Sparling update by Courtney Rowland

Courtney is GFT's second Saving the Sparling intern. She has been working towards the arrival of Sparling since she began in December, focusing on education and public engagement. Sparling arrived in the Cree around the 22nd of February. This news story is Courtney's update on how it all went.

Can you help please!

GFT are presently investigating the distribution of North American Signal Crayfish across Galloway and are interested in hearing reports of any recent sightings.

Talking tunnels and turbines in the hazy February sunshine

Two schools were able to make the most of the unseasonably warm weather upon Tongland Dam during their visits to the Galloway Hydro Scheme this week

The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019

Last week the Scottish Ministers laid regulations in the Scottish Parliament setting out the provisions to regulate killing salmon in Scottish waters for the 2019 fishing season.

11th February Meeting

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.

Investigating the prevalence of fungal infected Atlantic salmon at Tongland fish pass.

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.

Urr timed electrofishing results

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.

The new Saving the Sparling intern starts

We would like to introduce the new Saving the Sparling intern who started on Monday the 17th December. Courtney Rowland will be working for the next 5 months on delivering phase 2 of the Saving the Sparling Project.