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
P5's and Eco-Council reps from Dalbeattie Primary School received their 100 salmon eggs last week to begin their salmon project.
This first stage of the project introduces the children to the life stages of the Atlantic Salmon and in particular, the early development stages of eyed ova and alevin. Fish husbandary plays an important role at this stage and the children learn how to tend their eggs to have every chance of successfully hatching their 100 eyed ova (regularly checking for dead eggs, that the water is kept cool and well oxygenated and that the eggs are kept in darkness as much as possible). To familiarise yourself with the early stages of the salmon lifecycle, here is a link to a lovely animated film of the Atlantic Salmon lifecycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fGLzEvWuYA
GFT have been delivering a salmon project within Dabeattie Primary School since 2011 when John Moran - a keen angler on the Urr and key member of the Dalbeattie Angling Association - helped run a small hatchery operation on the river. Upon John's sad passing later in the year, John had requested that donations be made to GFT for the continuation of a salmon project in Dalbeattie Primary School and a cooler system was purchased in his memory. This cooler system has allowed the project's continuation to this day - ensuring the children remain aware of and learn to appreciate the wonders of their local river.