Lamprey protected from harm on Borders Railway

Lamprey Fish Are Temporarily Relocated From Gala Water

Over seventy juvenile lamprey (sometimes referred to as lamprey fish or lamprey eels), have been temporarily relocated from Gala Water to protect the species as works to the Borders Railway get underway in the area. 

The relocation of the lamprey by specialists to an alternative suitable habitat comes as part of Network Rail’s commitment to protecting local ecology during the construction of the project. Protection of other local species and the possible movement of lamprey from other riverbed sites is likely to continue to take place as works progress.

Hugh Wark, senior project manager for Network Rail, who is responsible for the project, said: “Lamprey are a protected species in the Gala Water and we want to ensure that the effects of our work on them is minimised.

“We take our commitment to the local environment very seriously and we are delighted that a solution was found to protect lamprey from our works.

“We will continue to work with specialist ecologists to ensure that all wildlife species along the line of the route are protected from the impacts of our works.”

Should you have any queries about how the works might affect you, please call a member of the team on 0845 604 4146, or email You can also follow progress on Twitter via @BordersRailway.