On Feb 5th our members and several guest organisations and woodland professionals gathered at Faskally by Pitlochry for a special themed riparian woodland meeting.

Nature photographer and communicator Peter Cairns provided a keynote and call-to-arms for landscape-scale environmental restoration. Jeremy Roberts outlined a unique project called Cairngorms Connect involving 4 different landowners who have come together to restore areas of the upper River Spey catchment. This was followed up by a sequence of guest speakers including Woodland Trust, Marine Scotland Science and Scottish Wildlife Trust. 3 fisheries trusts then presented a range of ongoing riparian restoration work and outlined plans for the future. To conclude the meeting attendees split up in to 5 discussion groups to debate and report back on key themes as summarised below.

View meeting presentations

Native Woodland Links & Resources:

Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network – Guidance & Tools

Woodland Creation & Grant Scheme Resources – Scottish Forestry

UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)

Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) – Scottish Forestry

Flood mapping and Natural Flood Management opportunities – Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Riparian woodland and water protection resources – Forest Research

Riparian woodland creation and extreme river temperatures case study – Scottish Natural Heritage

Optimising the Management of Riparian Buffer Strips to Enhance Biodiversity – SRUC Barony Campus

Research & Policy Briefings – SRUC Barony Campus

Upper Dee Riparian Restoration Scheme – The River Dee Trust

Spey Catchment Initiative

Woodland Trust Emergency Tree Plan for the UK – January 2020

Restoring Ancient Woodland – Woodland Trust

Woodland Work & Resources – Cairngorms National Park

The management of wild deer in Scotland: Deer Working Group report – February 2020

Riparian Woodland Information – Trees For Life

Cairngorms Connect

Scotland: The BIG Picture

Native Woods Cooperative Scotland (Ltd)

Native Riparian Woodlands – A Guide to Identification, Design, Establishment and Management – Woodlands of Ireland

Trout, salmon & riparian woodlands – Google Scholar literature search

Tree and seed suppliers:

Woodland Trust Tree Shop

Christie-Elite Nurseries Ltd, Forres

Alba Trees, East Lothian

Cheviot Trees

Forest Art



Natural regeneration of Scots pine beside the river Nethy on Abernethy National Nature Reserve.