Year: 2012

Dullan Water sea trout

Following a site visit with the SEPA restoration project manager at the Corrie Burn weir we went for a look at the weirs and fish passes on the Dullan Water in Dufftown. The Dullan is…

Climate change mitigation

The Spey got down to some serious climate change proofing measures today...... double glazing at long last arrived at Nether Borlum. Hopefully no more the thick coat, two pairs of socks nor the cold back…

Mashie Burn and upper Spey

The weather was distinctly unpromising this morning but we headed up river to count redds in the upper Spey and Mashie Burn. The light rain didn't look too serious but the mild weather would have shifted the…

Truim fish counter

There aren't many fish counters on the Spey but Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) have a good fish counter on the abstraction weir on the Truim above Dalwhinne. I get regular updates from SSE on fish…

Upper Avon salmon spawning

Next year we will be electrofishing the Avon so I was interested in the number of redds in the upper reaches. We set off early this morning to rendezvous with the keeper for access through…

Avon Broodstock catchup

Spey hatchery manager Jimmy Woods and the bailiffs, ably assisted by a squad of volunteers were out catching up broodstock on the Avon today. Single sweeps in two pools provided the limited number of broodstock…

Sea trout get down to it!

Duncan Ferguson set me this picture of a pair of sea trout spotted spawning in a burn above Carrbridge this morning. This is the first report of spawning sea trout this year; the same day as the first snowfall in…

A new fish counter on the Spey

There are not many fish counters on the Spey so it was interesting to hear that Rio Tinto were going to make the substantial investment in a new counter at Spey Dam. The works to…

Big country – the upper Dulnain

After a couple weeks of trying access permission and low water combined on the same day to allow us to complete an electrofishing survey in the upper Dulnain at a site we call the Suspension Bridge. The altitude…
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