Easter Beltie Restoration Project

September 18, 2020

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Scotland The Big Picture's Mark Hamblin on the Easter Beltie restoration project who was documenting the progress. Here are a few photos he took of the team doing their fish rescue ahead of the works starting.

Restoration of 1.5 km of river channel that was previously straightened to accommodate the Deeside railway will involve the recreation of channel meanders and the reconnection of the channel to wetland. Restoration of flood plains is key to restoring salmon stocks and this has been demonstrated in the American Northwest. The food available for fish is increased, the greater habitat variability allows fish to survive during periods of extreme temperatures and floods and it also helps flood alleviation and water quality by slowing down peak flows.

Lead partners on the project are Dee Catchment Partnership, Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and James Hutton Institute. Partner organisation cbec eco engineering, McIntosh Plant Hire and River Dee Trust. With funders NatureScot ,NatureScot Biodiversity Challenge Fund, Scottish Forestry, SEPA, DCP, Aberdeenshire Council.

Read more on the project from the Dee Catchment Partnership https://www.deepartnership.org/p…/easter-beltie-restoration/

photos credit Mark Hamblin,www.scotlandbigpicture.com Mark Hamblin/scotlandbigpicture.com #restoration #habitatrestoration #wildsalmon #saveourwildsalmon #climatechange