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Philiphaugh News May 2016
The Cauld And Salmon
Lower river levels have enabled us to
rescue one of the underwater cameras damaged in the winter floods. You
can now have a clear picture of any fish leaving the Larinier fish
pass. A few salmon have been seen as they move upstream, although the
main migration will not occur until the autumn.
In addition the overhead camera has had a joy stick connected to it. This enables you to pan 360 degrees around the cauld, river and hydro station.
The two highlight buttons activating underwater shots taken below the cauld and photos of ospreys now run continuously. Simply select the button of your choice to watch these fascinating pictures. The model of the Archimedes Screw turbine has been wired in and is working well. Simply switch on and read the message generated by the electricity produced.
With temperatures increasing, the birdsong in the mornings and evenings are at crescendo height. Walk along the river and see the newly arrived sandpipers, wagtails, dippers, goosanders, mallard duck, swifts, swallows and oyster catchers, whilst the trees are alive with many of the woodland bird species. A camera has been positioned above an old swallow's nest and it is hoped that a pair will take up residence again soon.
Work on the Selkirk Flood Prevention Scheme continues but completion at the end of the year, means that areas are now being re-opened to the public. The walk along the flood bank from Selkirk to the Murray cauld is finished and is very easy for push chairs or disabled vehicles.
Bedding plants in the gardens are looking very healthy and will be ready at the end of the month. Meanwhile the blossom on the fruit trees is stunning, as are the daffodils, so why not pay the old walled garden a visit.
The gardens are open Monday to Friday 8-4 and weekends by appointment.
The estate has a number of beautiful walks at any time. Please collect a leaflet or consult the map in the salmon viewing centre for route information.
Mobile Phone App
To listen to our fascinating audio tour of the estate and battlefield go to www.philiphaughaudio.org
Battlefield Self Guided Walk
Leaflets and a booklet about the battlefield project are available from the Waterwheel Cafe.
A fully narrated film entitled "The Philiphaugh Salmon" showing
twenty minutes worth of the best, recorded images from the salmon viewing
center, will be available to purchase from the Waterwheel Restaurant.
The species included are salmon, trout, grayling, eel, perch, a brief
view of an otter knocking the camera and a goosander swimming underwater
below the cauld.
All proceeds will be used towards the upkeep of the centre, for the purchase of equipment, cameras and towards maintaining the facilities. The DVD is priced at £5.