Following the installation of a new fish pass on the River Don through a vehicle ford over the Ernan Burn on Edinglassie Estate the river’s salmon are able to utilise three miles of spawning and juvenile habitat.
Jamie Urquhart, Biologist for the River Don Trust, explained: “The ford in question was clearly a major obstacle for salmon to negotiate as they tried to migrate upstream. Having obtained the necessary consents we carried out the work ourselves, with support and private funding from the Don District Salmon Fishery Board and Edinglassie Estate respectively, using a low-tech, low-cost design employing locally sourced larch timber and locally won stone. This complied with the Estate’s wish for a low visual impact whilst maintaining the aesthetics of the upland terrain”.
Inverurie Herald (10 Dec 2012)