GFT have a 6 month paid internship available. This exciting opportunity will start in March 2023.
Intern Alyx second blog describing what she has been up to over the last few months
GFT are recruiting for a 'Habitat and Climate Resilience Officer'. This is a full time and permanent post.
Victoria recently joined GFT for 3 months as a 'Working with Rivers' trainee. Hear what she has been doing in her blog
We have an exciting opportunity for a 12 week paid trainee placement (as part of the NatureScot Working With Rivers programme).
As my internship with the Galloway Fisheries Trust draws to a close, I would like to say how grateful I am to everyone that made it possible.
As December is right around the corner, I am sad to say that my internship here at GFT is nearly over. However, I am grateful for my experiences at the trust and there is still plenty for me to get up to before it does come to a close.
GFT record first juvenile salmon within the Polmaddy Burn in over 25 years of juvenile fish data collection on the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Hello, Dan here again. Since my last blog I have been getting involved with a number of new things such as crayfish surveys, leading volunteers on habitat restoration works and helping to supervise works on the Black Water of Dee.
My name is Daniel Pollard and I am delighted to say that I am the new intern at Galloway Fisheries Trust.
Galloway Fisheries Trust is looking to recruit a new Fisheries Biologist to join our team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take a lead role in many of the GFT research, monitoring and restoration programmes. This is a full time permanent post.
An internship is available from late June 2021 until late December 2021 (26 weeks) to work with Galloway Fisheries Trust biologists on a range of projects.
My time at GFT has come to an end, it has been a fantastic six months and I have had so many great experiences.
Happy New Year! Fisheries intern Abbie here again to give you an update on what I have been doing with GFT over the last few months.
This sparling themed community engagement and education drive project, supported by the Co-op local community fund, has been a sucess this spring (even though the sparling eluded us).
Heavy rain and higher river levels could wreak havoc for this years's spawning event!
A review of recent timed electrofishing data on the Luce and Urr in relation to a Galloway Rivers Standard
It is that time of year again where GFT begin our search or the sparling during their annual spring migration to the upper tidal limit of the River Cree. This year we hope to run several events on the banks of the River Cree to celebrate sparling!
The GFT and Bladnoch DSFB are running a hatchery programme this year to stock the upper Tarf to help ameliorate acidification problems and help recover salmon stocks in key areas.
The long awaited Sparling Bridge successfully opened on Saturday 30th November. Crowds gathered either side of the bridge on the sunny afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the communities of Minnigaff and Newton Stewart.
The Galloway Fisheries Trust is working with Natural England to produce a detailed Smelt Restoration Management Plan for the inner Solway Firth, to be the framework for European smelt (sparling) recovery in designated Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around England and Wales.
On the 31st August 2019, GFT held their biennial Dinner Auction and it was an outstanding success.
Record number of salmon caught as flooding brings flurry of anglers to annual event
Each spring a fyke net is secured over the inflow to Torhouse Trout Farm which catches any smolts entering from the main stem.
3-spined sticklebacks have been introduced to Buittle Reservoir following the eradication of signal crayfish using poison
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.
To celebrate our river and oceans the GFT team joined other conservation organisations for a World Oceans Day extravaganza held in Port Williams harbour!
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.
In the past few weeks GFT have attended and delivered a number of varied training events.
NSA volunteers have been working hard helping the GFT to create a more accessible wild walk along the banks of the River Fleet.
Amongst the recent tours at Tongland, we had a visit from the Antiques Roadtrip
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.
We recently became aware that our Contact Us enquiry form was faulty and it has now been rectified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GFT recently attended the Fisheries Management Scotland Conference 'Salmon and People in a changing world.
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.
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.
GFT are presently investigating the distribution of North American Signal Crayfish across Galloway and are interested in hearing reports of any recent sightings.
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
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.
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.
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.