River Dee managers and conservation groups have welcomed funding for a major project to boost threatened salmon stocks in the short-term and provide long-term protection for the species.

The Glen Clunie River & Floodplain Restoration Project is also expected to reduce the impact of flooding in a part of the system which saw devastation to homes and businesses during Storm Frank.

Through their Nature Restoration Fund, NatureScot has approved funding of over £209,000 towards the project in the major Clunie tributary, above Braemar.

The project, being led by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board in partnership with local land managers, will involve re-engineering of river flows using wind-blown trees anchored to the riverbed, mirroring natural processes in healthy habitats.

READ MORE: The Scotsman