A PARTNERSHIP in charge of looking after the River Dee catchment has been named as a finalist in the Nature of Scotland Awards.

Shortlisted for the Climate Action Award, the Dee Catchment Partnership has been recognised for the group’s recent efforts in restoring the Easter Beltie burn near Torphins.

Partnership manager, Dr Susan Cooksley, led the three-month long Beltie burn restoration project with river operations manager for the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, Edwin Third. She said: “We’re delighted to be a finalist. Our partnership exists to promote, facilitate and deliver collaborative projects that conserve the unique biodiversity and natural beauty of Deeside, and the restoration at Easter Beltie is doing exactly that, creating a new area of wild beauty that is a habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife.