The Nature Restoration Fund, which is managed by NatureScot, has approved funding of £480,600 towards the installation of over 1,125 of trees.

Led by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board in partnership with National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate and Abergeldie Estate, it will result in large root plates being anchored into the riverbed or riverbank.

This will form 225 large wood structures, which will allow natural river flows to create a vital healthy habitat and will be located in the important salmon production areas of the upper Dee, including:

  • Geldie Burn
  • Mainstem of the Dee at Mar Lodge
  • Girnock Burn by Abergeldie

The addition of anchored trees has been shown to quickly improve the river’s habitat and increase numbers of threatened young salmon and trout.