Encouraging results from Chapelton Burn

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Finally water levels have dropped back towards more fishable levels and today ART managed to perform 2 surveys on the Chapelton and Brockloch Burns within the Doon catchment. Both these burns have suffered from diffuse pollution issues in the past and the condition of the habitat has been poor for many years. Historic dredging, livestock […]

An invitation to watch the Patagonia film ‘Artifishal’

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust have arranged to screen the Patagonia produced film ‘Artifishal’ at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus,  University Avenue, Ayr KA8 0SX on the 3rd July at 6.30pm. The University  is on the banks of the Ayr at Craigie and there’s plenty of parking available. This event is free to attend […]

Smolts at Skeldon Weir

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ART checked for any problems with smolts migrating downstream at Skeldon Weir on the Doon near Hollybush. They didn’t expect to find any issues and thankfully all seems fine. However, the Trust are reporting of significant numbers of smolts building behind Catrine Dam on the Ayr which they attribute to the position of the screens […]

Primpton Burn modifications

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While out near Dalrymple today, ART noticed a new levy has been created on the banks of the Primpton Burn just upstream of the village of Dalrymple. I’m not sure why or what’s planned for this field but our understanding is that disconnecting a watercourse from its floodplain is damaging and not allowed. It merely […]

Doon Fishing

Happy New Year

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A Happy New Year to all our readers. May 2019 be a better one for the fish. I received an interesting call on Hogmanay informing me that 5 salmon had been seen running through the Alloway Mill beat on the Doon yesterday and they were bars of silver. The question was “Are these Springers or […]