I dropped in at Galston to see if any fish were moving through the upper two fish passes on the Burnanne. The pool below the Cemetery Road Bridge appears once again to have filled with gravel and the entrance to the fish pass may not be easy found. I suspect also that there is a fair amount of gravel within the fish pass that should be cleared asap but couldn’t be sure due to the high flows. I will check again as the levels drop back. Below the rock armour, the pool did appear to have some depth and perhaps the entrance to the fish pass should be modified to allow salmon and trout easier access from the deeper water. Again, I’ll check on this in lower flow and if necessary suggest to East Ayrshire Council that a modification could be beneficial. This should be a very easy adjustment to improve the effectiveness.
The upper fish pass near Cessnock Castle was in need of a bit of attention when I got there so I put on the wellies and set to clearing the loss material from the pass. I should have put on waders and will next time! 40 minutes later as the light was fading, I felt I had done as much as I could. At least fish could pass and the entrance flow was a bit more defined. Club members at Galston reading this… please keep an eye on the fish passes as they do need a small amount of regular maintenance especially at this time of year when fish are migrating.