Salmon are making their annual migration to spawning grounds on the River Tweed. But while visitors to the famous salmon viewing centre near Selkirk can usually see fish jumping at this time of year, the fish are now using an easier way to travel upstream, as Jenny Longden reports.
The new fish pass on the Ettrick river allows salmon and other fish a safer passage up Murray Cauld.
The Cauld, or weir, is a 165-year-old structure that has recently been renovated.
Usually, visitors to the Cauld can see salmon jumping during autumn and spring time.
While they still jump when river levels are high, they can now easily swim up the fish pass to reach their spawning ground instead.
Watch Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre footage of salmon jumping here:
The annual migration of salmon on the Ettrick water is in full swing after recent heavy rainfall.
Each year, salmon make their way upstream to spawning ground, battling elements including passing through the Murray Cauld.
But while salmon can usually be seen jumping over the large weir, this year the new Lariner fish pass allows salmon easier access to their spawning grounds.
The fish pass is part of a multi-million pound upgrade of the cauld, which includes a hydro-electric station.
The Philiphaugh estate say the fish pass is working well. .
Those of us who fancy heading somewhere beautiful and remote for a few weeks will probably be fairly envious of Scottish poet Rab Wilson.
He is the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident and is spending the next few weeks living and writing like the famous writer, who was known as the Ettrick Shepherd.
It is not just about writing though, it is about developing parts of the Borders where the population is declining fast.
Less than 1000 people live in the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys and the area needs help, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out.
Watch her full report below.
The James Hogg Creative Residency is taking place until late September, with various dates for your diary if you would like to get involved:
- 31 August: Poet's Day in Hawick
- 7 September: Creative Writing Day at the hall in Ettrick
- 15 September: 'YES' Festival in Selkirk
Scottish poet Rab Wilson is heading out to the remote Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys to become the first ever James Hogg Creative Resident, living and writing like the famous poet himself.
James Hogg was known as the Ettrick Shepherd and lived and worked out in the remote Borders.
The project is not just about poetry though as it is part of a bigger drive to encourage visitors and residents alike to visit the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys - which have less than 1000 people in total living there.
With the population declining, the area is in need of some help - which it hopes can be provided by making people more aware of the natural beauty of the remote countryside in the valleys.
Other schemes that are hoping to help this growth are:
- Plans for hydro electric power in the area
- Improve road link from Potburn to the A708
- Building routes for St Mary's Loch Circular Walk
- Cycle routes a Bowhill Off Road and Minchmoor to Yarrowford
- Better signage for tourist attractions
The Yarrow and Ettrick show secretary Anne Turnbull is hoping for lots of people and sunshine on show day.
The 92nd Yarrow and Ettrick annual show will go ahead tomorrow, after the showyard committee gave the thumbs-up following a field inspection.
Show organisers are urging people to ignore the "road closed" sign on the A708, as the sign applies to forestry work in Moffat.
The show will feature horse and sheep competitions, pet and dog shows, children's races and performances from Melrose Pipe and Selkirk Silver bands.
The event takes place at Philliphaugh, near Selkirk, with gates opening at 8.30am.