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Friday 24 November 2006
The first barnacle geese flocks arrive on the green grass of Islay
Leaping salmon and huge flocks of migratory geese are the winter wildlife spectacles enjoyed by Dylan Winter in this week's programme.
He travels to Islay to find out more about the geese management schemes managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. When up to 50,000 overwintering barnacle geese flight in from Greenland to spend six months on Islay off the West Coast of Scotland it can cause major problems for local farmers as their fields are denuded of grass intended for livestock in the spring. Through counting the numbers of these grass-guzzling winter visitors, the management schemes can compensate farmers for their loss of grazing and the re-seeding of fields.
"The foaming torrents of the River Almond" At Buchanty Spout on the River Almond in Perthshire,
Dylan joins the Project Manager for the Conservation of Atlantic Salmon in Scotland project to find out about how this important project is faring. The Atlantic Salmon is born in freshwater rivers but as a young adult heads out to sea before eventually returning to breed in the same river that it was born in. The project aims to improve the salmon's freshwater habitats and salmon management by working together with landowners and other fisheries organisations on eight key Scottish salmon rivers to ensure they have the best possible chance of survival.