Fish rescues are an increasingly common aspect to Trust life and a crucial part of developer’s workflows when working in and around water.
Recently we completed a rescue on the Kilmarnock Water ahead of bankside repairs near a footpath. The workers onsite were surprised to see us remove several dozen trout, many salmon parr and salmon fry from the site and as well as some lengthy eels.
Watercourse size is never a good predictor of fish populations but to the layperson, lack of width and depth often indicates no fish. It’s very infrequent that we survey a watercourse that doesn’t yield fish and some of the most diminutive burns have exceptional fish populations.