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Many of Scotland’s villages, cities and towns were built next to rivers and burns. They have been important sources of local water for household use, transportation links and to help provide irrigation for crops and drinking water for farm animals.

Many businesses and industries have developed as a result of local water supply; a good example is the whisky industry that relies on pure clear water for the production of the “dram”.

  • How important is the local river and its tributaries to your community?
  • Is it as important today as it has been in the past?
  • What can your community do to help protect and improve your local river or burn?.

Local projects within the River Dee catchment include:

Tarland Community Wetland

The Tarland Development Group created a community wetland in the village of Tarland that is used as an educational resource for local schools.

Weather Monitoring

Pupils from Tarland, Aboyne and Kincardine O'Neil Primary Schools monitored weather conditions to support James Hutton Institute research into the Tarland and River Dee catchments.

River Mural

The children of Tarland Primary School created a painted mural depicting the ‘River Dee – Source to Sea’ in the grounds of their school.

Arnhall Moss

The Arnhall Moss Management Group are improving the Local Nature Reserve at Arnhall Moss. To date they have installed a number of Interpretive Boards explaining how the Moss developed and the associated wildlife.

More Information

North East Scotland Local Biodiversity Action Plan

UK Rivers Network

Greenspace Scotland

The Conservation Volunteers - Funding update