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
We were out today checking fish access past some fallen trees which a farmer reported to us on the Malzie Burn (Bladnoch tributary).
Woody debris is an extremely important habitat for fish (especially salmon and trout parr) and thus we are always very careful only to remove it where the problems it creates outweighs the advantages of it as a habitat for fish. In this instance we were concerned that the fallen conifers were collecting large amounts of debris, causing fish access problems and causing a backup of the water resulting in less suitable habitat and further silt deposition upstream.
We removed the lower branches of these windblown conifers to improve things. The Malzie Burn here is fenced off from livestock grazing so there is plenty of other good overhanging and draped vegetation cover for fish.