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
Between 2007 and 2011 GFT completed two parallel projects delivering habitat improvements across seven river catchments. GFT was part of a large partnership which completed various projects on the coastlands and river valleys of Dumfries and Galloway named the 'Sulwath Connections Landscape Partnership'. The area this partnership covered ranged from Stranraer in the west to Langholm in the east. GFT, alongside many of the other partners, were working towards this funding goal for over 4 years and were delighted when the partnership was awarded funding under the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership scheme. The overall budget of the whole project was over £3.9 million for the region, with funding through various partners including significant funding awarded by SNH.
Projects in the partnership were linked in some way to the landscape and covered such projects as Bruce's Trail, conservation of historic churchyards, riparian and instream habitat management, footpath creation and disabled angling access. The GFT project, Galloway Bankside Habitats, encompassed habitat improvement work on the Piltanton Burn, Rivers Luce, Cree, Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and Urr. The Trust also managed a project on the Scottish side of the Border Esk entitled the Esk Riparian Management Project with was part funded by the Environment Agency (EA).
The Galloway Bankside Habitats Project, with an overall spend of £185,000, managed to deliver:
On the Border Esk the primary objective of the project was to ease fish passage over 4 problematic obstacles, with the aim of improving passage to sea trout to smaller tributaries of the river. This project had a smaller budget of £70,000 and managed to deliver the following practical works:
All this work carried out in the two projects would not have been possible for GFT to complete without the funding that the Sulwath Connections Partnership was awarded from HLF, SNH, the EA and several other contributors. Although GFT did not take on extra staff to carry out this work, which included completing the complex claiming procedures, we managed to successfully deliver the project and believe that all the work carried out was essential and will have helped improve and enhance the instream and riparian habitats in seven river catchments.
For more information on other work in the Sulwath Connections project see www.sulwathconnections.org.