After collecting habitat recording sheets from the office this morning, Gordon and I headed to Fairlie to survey Glenburn. This wee burn once supported a few sea trout and an occasional¬†salmon in the lower reaches but as far as we can ascertain, this was some time ago. I’ve no doubt there are a few brown trout in the burn and we did see the occasional redd but with so many waterfalls and timber blockages, access is severely limited.

A trout redd near the lower end of the burn

A trout redd near the lower end of the burn

 

Just one of the many waterfalls on the burn

Just one of the many waterfalls on the burn

Rising over 500 feet in just a short distance, our survey wasn’t a leisurely paddle but more like a¬†climb and scramble. It’s always interesting to see these wee burns and in the last couple of years we have gained a great deal of knowledge about the North Ayrshire Coastal Burns and their fish populations and potential.

Gordon scaling a waterfall

Gordon scaling a waterfall

As the light faded and drizzle set in, Gordon and I tramped down the road enjoying the view of Millport, Little Cumbrae and Bute with Arran in the distance; tired and ready for a seat.

The view over the Firth of Clyde as we walked back to the van as the sun went down

The view over the Firth of Clyde as we walked back to the van as the sun went down

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