A Step Closer

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Opening up habitat is recognised as one of the fastest and best ways to improve fish stocks in rivers. Where migratory species are excluded from their natural habitat, the population obviously declines and their range is diminished. Ayrshire Rivers Trust supported by Scottish Government and other funders have been actively easing or encouraging barrier easement […]

Weir Issues

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Dams and weirs on any river cause problems for salmon and trout migration. Not just adults but also smolts and juveniles that become held up behind them. Removing obstacles is acknowledged as one of the best ways to naturally increase fish populations. ART has long campaigned to see barriers removed or eased, where removal isn’t […]

Bogend Burn is in line for barrier easements

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust have recently developed a novel new way to make and fit baffles at low cost. The concept has been proven and appears most suitable in small to medium sized culverts. ART  are about to submit a CAR application to SEPA to ease two difficult barriers at the lower Bogend Burn in Catrine. […]

Trout spawning underway

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The colder air and falling water temperatures have brought a few trout onto the redds for spawning and there were signs that a few had been successfully completed in different parts of the Ayr catchment. We had already watched a pair of smaller trout cutting a redd in the Hareshaw before the end of October […]

Catch Returns

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Clubs and owners should remember that they must legally provide the Board and Marine Scotland with catch data from the season just closed. This should include all salmon and sea trout (including whiltling/finnock) caught on the Ayr system in 2018. As the river was Category 3 this year, no fish should have been killed but […]