Galloway Forest Park is a woodland park, operated by Forestry Commission Scotland, principally covering woodland in Dumfries and Galloway.
The park, established in 1947, covers around 300 square miles (780 km2) and receives over 800,000 visitors per year.
Much of the Galloway Hills lie within the boundaries of the park, which make this a stunning place to visit.
It's well documented that the lochs that reside in the park have suffered from acidification but in the last decade the fish have made a remarkable recovery.
The Galloway Fisheries Trust would like anglers to take a leaf out of the bird watchers book and become ‘citizen scientists’ to help them to keep track of fish populations in the Lochs of Galloway.
If anglers fishing any of the lochs within the Galloway & Carrick region could keep a detailed record of date, location, time spent fishing (excluding breaks), fishing methods, weather conditions, number and where possible, length of all the fish caught (tip of snout to fork in the tail) and details of any abnormalities or unusual characteristics and email this data to the Galloway Fisheries Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org, the trust would very appreciative and you'd be doing your bit to help these remarkable fish.
Permission isn't required for lochs situated high up in the Galloway National Park.
If you are uncertain please contact the Forestry Commission Scotland, you can find their details below.
Please be aware that this is a natural resource and is still recovering from the effects of acidification. Remember to try and do your bit and return the fish to the water unharmed.
Galloway Forest Park
Newton Stewert, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 6AJ, Scotland
0300 067 6156
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