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 […]

Mauchline Rainfall data 2018

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The rainfall total in Mauchline for 2018 is now complete and reveals just how dry 2018 was compared to 2017. As I’ve only been collecting rainfall for a couple of years, it is hard to state what’s average rainfall is for this area however, other local recorders find that rainfall is broadly consistent between years. […]

The Ponesk in the Upper Ayr catchment

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ART walked the Ponesk on the Upper Ayr today for the first time in well over a year to see how things were looking and to check if any salmon or trout had spawned or were looking as though they might. It was perhaps a bit early to expect to see salmon here.  We didn’t […]

Bogend Burn

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ART looked at the Bogend Burn again this week as water quality and sediment released from this burn has been of concern to the biologists and anglers for some time. ART have highlighted the impact this causes to anglers at times in the past when their fishing has been ruined by the dirty water emerging […]

Willow Spiling on the Ayr

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One year has passed since ART installed willow spiling on the River Ayr at the new Tarholm sewage outfall This technique was used after SEPA recommended a green engineering solution rather than a traditional hard engineering approach that would have included rock armour or rip rap. Scottish Water asked for ART’s advice and assistance and […]