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. Between Aboyne and Aberdeen the river flows through mainly agricultural land and human population density increases due to the larger residential centres, such as Aboyne and Banchory.
Drinking Water Supply
The River Dee and its tributaries are a valuable water resource for the populations of Deeside. The catchment’s waters are used for light industry and agriculture, and also receive discharges of effluent. The catchment is faced with growing pressures as local populations increase.
Recent figures show 64% of tourists visiting the Grampian area come from Scotland, and 33% from England. Of the 3% of overseas visitors the majority come from the USA (15%) and Germany (14%).
The natural beauty and characteristics of the catchment are great assets both to the local economy and to public recreational interests.
Water based recreational activities in the catchment include: canoeing, kayaking, rowing, water skiing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing.
The catchment supports one of Scotland’s most important salmon fisheries with its valuable run of large, multi-sea winter and spring running fish. The Dee’s ability to offer first class angling early in the season, long before runs have started on most rivers elsewhere in Scotland, is one of its most important attributes . In 1995 it was estimated that salmon fishing on the River Dee contributed between £5 and £6 million a year to the Grampian Region economy . However, Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board (DDSFB) data indicates that in recent years there has been a decline in the abundance of salmon, especially spring-run fish.
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