Barbatula replies, "Top end of Harlaw".
Exciting news this week as a new micro species is discovered in Harlaw. The pretty common, but previously unknown to inhabit Harlaw (well, unknown to me) is the Stone Loach (Barbatula barbatula).
Through the haze of second hand information and forgotten details came to me the account of Helen, currently working towards PhD at St Andrews. Helen has been conducting some research work based around the three spined stickleback, a very common species at Harlaw. Helen's work involved trapping the stickleback. In one of the traps, in the stream inflow to Harlaw from Threipmuir she discovered a Stone Loach.
Helen completed a catch return of about 900 fish. Total weight about 3oz!
Good luck Helen with the research we hope the Barbatula barbatula are as interesting to you as Salmo trutta (Brown Trout) and Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow Trout) are to us. Anyway that's what I call exciting news and never mind that, what about the headline?!?!