River Dee project shortlisted for Nature of Scotland Awards

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The Glen Muick River & Wetlands Restoration project has been shortlisted for the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards 2022.

Over the past four years, this ambitious landscape-scale partnership project has restored an entire sub-catchment, the River Muick, a major tributary to the River Dee Special Area of ​​Conservation designated for Atlantic salmon, the freshwater pearl mussel and the otter.

Many who enjoy walking in the area and visiting Lock Muick are familiar with the landscape of this popular location in Cairngorms National Park, but the scale of the project and the amount of work being done is not widely known to many members of the public. .

A successful partnership between the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, Balmoral Estate and Glenmuick Estate, along with River Dee Trust and Woodland Trust Scotland, has brought together restoration measures on a scale never before realized.

This includes habitat for spawning and juvenile fish was created by the installation of 70 large wooden structures, each comprising several logs with root plates; a 350m section of blocked channel was reconnected by removing a 150-year-old artificial embankment; wetlands were created and improved by installing 78 leaky dams and 112 debris dams on minor burns, blocking drains and creating 16 new wader scrapes; 7,000 meters of riverbank have been protected by new fences to exclude livestock and remove in-stream water troughs to mitigate diffuse pollution; and nearly 140,000 have been planted along the banks of the Muick to provide cooling shade and nutrients to the water.

Dr Lorraine Hawkins, Director of River, said: “We are delighted that our Glen Muick River and Wetlands Restoration Project has been shortlisted for these awards. Our project will help protect the river, the floodplain and the wildlife that depends on it, with the iconic Atlantic salmon being the keystone bringing together many people and organizations to work in partnership to mitigate climate change.

The winners will be announced next month.

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