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Flood warnings issued for Dumfries and Galloway

Flood warnings: Dumfries and Galloway and Solway Firth Credit: SEPA

One flood alert and seven flood warnings have been issued for Dumfries and Galloway and along the Solway Firth coast.

Coastal flooding was predicted at around 10pm due to a combination of tidal levels and large waves.

Flood warnings have been issued for East Luce Bay, Kirkcudbright Bay, Rough Firth, South West Rhins, Southerness Point, Upper Solway Firth and West Luce Bay.

A flood alert has been issued for Dumfries and Galloway.

A flood alert means flooding is possible. A flood warning means flooding is imminent and immediate action is required.

Residents are advised to be vigilant and protect themselves and their properties. Information is available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.


PICTURES: Historical rowing raid begins

A rowing raid, involving St. Ayles rowing skiffs with teams from around Scotland and a group of schoolchildren from Bowness-on-Solway, has begun.

The group are re-enacting while learning more about a historical event, where residents of the Scottish town of Annan rowed over the Solway Firth to steal an English church bell.

READ MORE: Historical rowing raid re-enacted across the Solway Firth

WATCH: Caerlaverock at dawn

It's the culmination of an epic journey, from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean to Dumfries and Galloway.

The entire barnacle geese population from Svalbard off the coast of Norway will winter on the Solway Firth.

After almost dying out in the 1940s, at its peak, more than 35,000 are set to arrive here this year.

Many have already made the journey.


Geese swoop on Solway Firth

The geese have returned. Credit: ITV Border

Tens of thousands of barnacle geese have begun arriving in the region for winter on the Solway Firth.

The birds have travelled from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. They draw in bird watchers from all over the UK.

It's definitely one of the best wildlife spectacles in the UK certainly through the winter, it's just incredible, the sight and sound of all of these geese, thousands and thousands of geese is just spectacular"

– Joe Bilous, Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Fishermen could face further salmon restrictions

Credit: ITV Border

Fishermen on the Cumbrian side of the Solway Firth could face further restrictions on the number of salmon they can catch.

The Environment Agency is proposing new rules that would mean only three salmon a year can be kept, rather than the ten currently allowed.

It claims the changes are necessary because the fish population is dangerously low. Although the low numbers of salmon are not due to over-fishing but to the poor survival rate of salmon at sea, the agency believes cutting the number of fish caught will help the population recover.

But haaf netters say the move would threaten a method of fishing that is unique to the area and dates back to the Vikings.

Body found on Solway coast

A body has been found washed up on the beach at the Solway Firth village of Portling.

The body was found on the Colvend coast around eight o'clock this morning about five miles south of Dalbeattie, when a local man was out walking on the beach.

Police believe the body may have been in the water for a considerable length of time.

The person has not yet been identified.

"We are obviously checking missing persons on both sides of the Solway.

Tests and a full investigation are being carried out to try and identify the body."

– Police Scotland spokesperson
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