Smolt migration improvements underway at Catrine

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Good news is that the work required at Catrine to improve smolt passage is underway. The Board and ART pressed SEPA to require Catrine Community Renewables to make improvements at Catrine Dam since the scheme was commissioned and while some alterations were made, smolts were still prone to delays in 2019. The original installed bywash […]

Kames mine discharge treatment works revisited

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Last week we highlighted that work had started to refurbish the reed beds at the old colliery atKames near Muirkirk. Today we revsited the sire to see how the works were progressing. The first reed bed has been cleared and most of the old silt, reeds and other solids have been removed. The second bed that […]

Kames Reed Bed Refurbishment

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Kames reed bed treatment facility at Muirkirk is being renovated. This reed bed treats upwelling mine-water and reduces the impacts of this type of pollution  on the river. To ensure it functions properly, it requires periodic maintenance that includes clearing old detritus and vegetation and replanting reeds. We had been concerned for some time over […]

Trout Migration

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust recently filmed trout migrating up a burn near Catrine ahead of spawning. Some of these fish may well be sea trout. Often clubs call for trout stocking to attract new members. This video shows that there are excellent quality trout in the middle river and plenty of them too. While they aren’t […]

Pollution on the Lugar

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ART staff came across pollution entering the Ayr near the new Academy site at Cumnock this lunchtime. This is one of several incidents they have reported to SEPA from this outfall and so far no one has been able to pinpoint which developer/builders are responsible. While the main river was running clear and  dispersed the […]