What we do


The Den of Maidencraig Local Nature Reserve is being enhanced with:

  • A safe route to school pathway  - linking Bancon's Maidencraig housing development with Hazlehead Academy
  • Flood alleviation scheme - with raised bunds and culverts being installed to protect properties downstream from flooding
  • Opening up a watercourse - by allowing the water to cascade down the reinforced bank rather than through a pipe, wildlife will benefit
  • Future site upgrades - Phase two could deliver new signage, path upgrades, seating, artworks and habitat improvements

Phase one - Consultation

Initial information sessions were held in January 2018 with summaries available here for Fernielea and Hazlehead. To take advantage of funding available, phase one works started on-site in february 2018, with this phase now being complete. The photographs below display the sites development.


The site map and leaflet was created to inform local residence of the scheme, to address any questions or concerns and to provide contact details.

The hydrological modelling of the site by Aberdeen City Council, displays the potetial extent of temporary flooding.

A site map with project notices was installed on-site before the works commenced to inform visitors of the plans.


And the new path is in, lots of bikes and walkers using it already!           Limited fencing was installed to retain the natural feel to the site.


The burn was opened up to create a natural cascade                             The Den Burn, flowing through the site


The existing dipping platform will be upgraded in phase two                   Wetland overview - the water will reach a maximum height of 1m

Photo credits: Ian Talboys


Phase two - Consultation

A second phase of consultations will follow to allow for input into what you would like to see here? There is scope to add an information viewpoint, pond dipping platforms, benches, sculptures, plants to attract wildlife...It really is up to you! We would love to hear what you think.


Please contact

Any inquiries can be emailed to beginproject@aberdeencity.gov.uk

The Dee Catchment Partnership is providing outreach support to this scheme as part of the BEGIN Project.