Aberdeen Asset Management Team Help With Bank Work on the Baddoch Burn

May 17, 2017

Storm Frank has left us with a long list of jobs to do. So we were delighted to have our friends from Aberdeen Asset Management join us again for a bit of hard graft on upper catchment. The guys were fantastic and brought a lot of positive energy with them! 

Storm Frank caused erosion and channel shift in most Dee tributaries as well as the main stem of the River. In some areas, the erosion has led to bank loss particularly on the outside of bends and we were concerned that further erosion would occur in future spates which would undermine or remove some of our tree enclosures. Many of the upland tributaries have recently been planted with native trees within small enclosures as part of an EU LIFE Project “Pearls in Peril”. It is our responsibility to look after and maintain these enclosures. 

We used locally sourced goat willow, forestry brash and small trees to protect the eroded bank, reduce the rate of future erosion and aid natural consolidation of the bank.  Brash and small trees with branches are good for diffusing flow energy due to their flexibility and because the river loses some of its energy when flowing between and around the individual pieces of the brash or branches. The brash also helps create valuable habitat, which provides bank cover for juvenile fish.



Smolt Tracking Report Shows Interesting Results

October 11, 2016

The smolt tagging and tracking project is a three year programme of work. Fifty smolts, captured in the lower catchment, were fitted with internal acoustic tags and tracked in spring 2016. These smolts were tracked as they migrated through the lower 22 miles of the Dee and inner harbour.

Continue reading

Tackling Non Native Invasives

July 05, 2016

Tackling invasive non-native plants along the banks of the River Dee – such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and North American skunk cabbage - has become a priority for the River Office because of their potential impact on our river and its existing, native species.

Continue reading

Read More News