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
Over the last two years we have been undertaking a range of habitat works across the headwaters of the Water of Fleet assisted by some eager volunteers from Gatehouse of Fleet. These photos show some of the works completed in early 2015. The conifer plantation used to be planted right up to the edge of the water but when the Forestry Commission felled these trees the new plantation was planted well back from the water course. On the higher ground the spruce has been replaced by deciduous trees in many areas which is great news. On the lower ground Sitka is still being replanted but at least 20 - 50 metres from the water courses. Our project has been concentrating on managing the riparian zone in these places between the river and the conifer forest. We have been cutting out the naturally seeded Sitka spruce which has grown up and planting a range of native decidious trees. Due to the voles, hares and deer we guard most of the trees apart from willow whips. Last spring GFT staff and the volunteers cleared young conifers from nearly 10 km of bankside on the Little Water of Fleet and Corse Burn. The same area has had nearly 1,400 deciduous trees planted (most of them with guards). A blocked culvert was cleared on the Lane of the Loop and some compacted spawning gravels were loosened at key locations on the Little Water of Fleet, Lane of the Loop and Benmeal Burn. Volunteers provided 43 work days helping to deliver this project in 2015. The costs associated with the project in 2015 were supported by Solway Heritage and Fish Mongers Company. We hope to continue this project and similar work programmes across other local rivers in the future.