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Drought conditions damage fish populations and other wildlife in Wester Ross

Posted: Monday 2 June, 2008 @ 16:23:02

Over much of Wester Ross, rivers have fallen to their lowest levels in recent years, following one of the driest months of May on record. In some of the smaller river systems, salmon and sea trout smolts have been unable to migrate to sea, and are now over 4 weeks behind schedule. Salmon smolts were seen trapped in an isolated pool in the lower part of a stream entering Loch Maree near Kinlochewe. In some places salmon spawning areas have dried up leaving emerging salmon fry high and dry. Rain is now very much needed particularly for many juvenile salmon populations and Freshwater pearl mussel populations.

See the current water level on the River Ewe at the SEPAQ monitoring site »