Overview of Protected Areas in Dee catchment
Facts and figures
Dee catchment facts and figures
Population The majority of the catchment population lies within the City of Aberdeen (approximately 220,000 people). Outwith the city, settlements in the catchment are small, and are concentrated around the river and in the lowlands. Bet...
Land use The catchment is relatively unusual in the UK in that it has predominantly upland, semi-natural land use. The catchment consists of two geographically distinct regions which have contrasting land-uses. West Area of the Cat...
History Floods Heavy rains and melting snows can turn the river’s serene flow into a raging torrent. Major floods occurred in 1769, 1920 and the Cairngorm Flood of 1956. Reportedly, the flood of 1920 drove the river into its old...
Geology and soils
Geology and soils The basement rocks consist of ancient Pre-Cambrian metamorphosed sediments of the Moine series (dominated by quartz-mica schists) and, to the west, the Dalradian series bringing mixed acid-basic soils with some limeston...
Waters River Dee The River Dee rises at an altitude of 1220m on the extensive semi-arctic Braeriach-Cairn Toul plateau in the Cairngorms National Park. It originates from a series of springs (the Wells of Dee) at the foot of a b...
Climate The Cairngorm mountains form the largest area of continuous high ground in Britain. They act as a major originator of weather events and their effects are transmitted downstream to the middle and lower catchment in terms of flood...
Information about water-related habitats and species in Dee catchment
Links to sites that provide information about live conditions in the River Dee.
In 2017 pink 'humpback' salmon appeared in around 20 Scottish rivers including the River Dee. This is the first year that pink salmon have been seen in numbers in...Learn more »
Internationally acclaimed artist Newton Harrison visited the Dee and Don in August to open an ecological arts project for the twin catchment areas. Woodend Barn invite...Learn more »
- 12 Sep 2017 Work to tackle pink salmon in the Dee
- 28 Aug 2017 Leading pioneer of the eco-art movement Newton Harrison visits the Dee
- 19 Apr 2017 'Enjoy the Dee' Leaflet launched.
- 29 Mar 2017 Natural Flood Management Workshop for farmers and land managers
- 17 Mar 2017 Flooding showcase at Fernielea primary school
- 09 Mar 2017 Natural Flood Management meeting for land managers
- 19 Jan 2017 Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) in Aberdeen City
- 24 Nov 2016 Eurasian Beaver allowed to stay
- 23 Nov 2016 Cleaning up the banks at Potarch
- 09 Nov 2016 SuDS engagement at Fernielea School