Summarising some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month….
Downstream trapping continued and the regular, May, piscivorous bird count was made on the main river.
Over 100 scale samples from rod-caught trout were collected for sex testing as part of the continuing work on the relationship between Brown-trout and Sea-trout. A system by which the document giving the results of Salmon scale reading will be updated every time a new reading is entered in to the scale reading database was devised and is now being tested.
Two site visits were made to the location of a proposed distillery on the Jed Water in preparation for environmental monitoring there. A preliminary discussion was also held with Marine Scotland Science about the location of some of the sites for a national water temperature monitoring network within the Tweed catchment.
Presentations & Education: TweedStart, Two days (K Galt); Peeblesshire Trout Fishing Association’s Family Day (K Galt); Kelso Childrens’ Countryside Day (K Galt); Whiteadder Fisheries AGM (K Galt)
Courses Attended: SFCC GIS course (K Galt)
Meetings Attended: IFM Lamprey conference (York) (R Campbell) ; a scoping meeting for a possible continuation of the Living North Sea programme (Newcastle) (R Campbell) ; Ferox Trout one day meeting (Glasgow) (R Campbell & K Galt); meeting with CEH Penecuik on methods for analysis of long term aquatic datasets (R Campbell & K Galt) ; Area Advisory Group (Water Framework Directive) (R Campbell) meeting; Liaison meeting with the Tweed Forum (R Campbell, J Hunt & K Galt)
Wild Trout Trust Auction: K Galt gave a day’s fishing guiding to a successful bidder
The 2014 Tweed Auction of autumn Salmon fishing went live in May. All proceeds to help with the Tweed Foundation’s work. Further details can be found here.
Further information on The Tweed Foundation, including detailed reports and the full Tweed Fisheries Management Plan can be found on its dedicated website.