Richard Gledson


Richard is Resident Factor at Balmoral Estate having moved to Deeside from Norfolk in 2009. He is a Chartered Surveyor and has been involved in running large diverse rural estates for over 20 years. Richard became Chairman of the Dee DSFB in 2013.

Declared Interests:

Chairman of the River Dee Trust

Member of Dee Fisheries Salmon Improvement Association

Factor at Balmoral Estate

Director of Braemar Community Hydro

Director of Ballater Community Enterprise

Victor Beamish


Victor is a keen salmon fisherman and is a proprietor on the River Dee at Knappach. He has many years of experience within the finance industry.

Declared Interests:

Owner of Knappach Estate which has a beat on the River Dee

Syndicate member at Grimersta, which controls salmon fishing

Alastair Hume MBE

Alastair is a retired Bank Manager and Honorary President and founding member of The Aberdeen and District Angling Association. He has been fishing the Dee for over 70 years and opened the Dee at the River Opening ceremony in 2013, with mention to losing fishing to air raids by German aircraft in WWII. Alastair was awarded an MBE in 2015 for his services to Fisheries Management and Angling in North East Scotland.

Randall Nicol

Randall is a joint owner and proprietor of Ballogie Estate incorporating Ballogie, Carlogie and Commonty beats on the Dee. He is a retired solicitor based in Edinburgh.  He is interested in fishing and the conservation of the Dee and the surrounding area.

Hugh Mackay MBE

Hugh was brought up in Glengairn, worked as a Chartered Structural Engineer and although retired remains a non-executive Director of the Stewart Milne Group. His interests are shooting, fishing and has also an impressive collection of vintage tractors (Field Marshalls). For his services to the Timber Industry Hugh was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2010.

Mel Shand

Mel Shand is an artist first and foremost, and a photographer and documenter of life around her as part of that artistic process.  Her love and enthusiasm for people who live within her surrounding communities inspired her to document their lives in a project called A Portrait of Our Time. This led to the Portrait of the River Dee featuring the people whose life and work revolve around the river, including every fishing ghillie employed in 2013 to commemorate the DDSFB's 150th anniversary. In 2015 she led the creative and educational project River of Fish to a successful conclusion.

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.

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