Helen and I attended a meeting with representatives from Galston Angling Club, East Ayrshire Council and SEPA this morning to discuss the possibilities of improving fish passage on the Downie and Hag Burns. The Roads Department were in attendance and gave us their thought about the plans and are broadly supportive. Similarly, SEPA had few concerns and we expect that we will soon be lodging a funding application form in attempt to take the proposals forwards for construction.
Whilst in Newmilns, we stopped and looked over the Huggin Craig Bridge at baffles that were installed several years ago. I noticed a pile of inverts clumped together on the bottom and pointed this out to SEPA. I managed to lower a camera over the bridge for a couple of photos and we are trying to identify the species. SEPA have been asked to check the cause out and I will update this post with any information I hear back. I understand this burn was reported to SEPA recently for another pollution incident and will attempt to find out more on the source and outcome of this.