Enhancing, Protecting and Supporting the River Dee Catchment
The River Dee is regarded as one of the cleanest Scottish rivers but impacts from a range of sources have significant collective impacts. The Dee Catchment Partnership works towards addressing these impacts through integrated catchment management. This is achieved by communicating and coordinating management practises across the catchment and providing information and support. This integrated approach to catchment management results in cleaner water and more stable flow levels bringing a better environment for wildlife, less severe droughts and floods, and an improved environment for all river users. The main areas of our work are displayed below.
Working in Partnership
Working in Partnership Meet the Team! The Dee Catchment partnership (DCP) is the umbrella body representing, coordinating and working for the interests of everyone involved with the River Dee in north east Scotland. The Partnershi...
Educating and involving people
Educating and involving people What's on Events! The Dee Catchment Partnership provides a broad educational and outreach programme. Throughout the year we attend a number of key events such as the Banchory River Festival, Cair...
Slowing the flow of water naturally
Slowing the flow of water - Natural Flood Management Willow bank protection (River Dee Trust) Large woody debris (FCS) Reconnecting the floodplain (River Dee Trust) Dee Catchmen...
Managing water in the city
Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) We need to BEGIN to plan for our future. The climate is changing, bringing wetter and warmer conditions. Our towns and cities need protection from the risk of flooding, drought and a growing population. By...
Controlling problem species
Introduction to Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) in N.E. Scotland (Giant hogweed) (Japanese knotweed) ...
Improving Water Quality Buffer Strips A water margin (or buffer strip) is a vegetated area near a stream which helps to protect a watercourse from the impact of adjacent activities. Buffer strips play an important role in protecti...
Restoring river beds and banks
Channel Morphology and Obstructions Obstructions DDSFB / RDT / AC / SEPA Since 2007, the Dee DSFB and River Dee Trust have eased or removed 27 manmade obstructions to fish migration from the river Dee's tributaries to allow f...
Protecting species and habitats
Protecting habitats and species The River Dee Catchment contains many special and protected areas, plants and animals, that we work to protect, enhance and care for. The Upper half of the River Dee is within the Cairngorms Nati...
Supporting access and recreation
Recreation and Access Local Meetings and Forums The Dee Catchment Partnership works to protect, promote and enhance the opportunities for responsible access locally. We regularly attend meetings with the Deeside Access Group (DAG)...
Why does the River Dee need a management plan? The River Dee catchment management plan was developed to help people work together to maintain these resources and make improvements where needed. The River Dee's high quality water r...
DCP publications Information about the DCP Catchment Management Plan: Summary Catchment Management Plan: Annex Business Plan 2016 - 2019 Busines Plan 2013 - 2016 Dee Catchment Partnership information leaflet ...
The 3 Dee Vision Project is concentrating on the catchments of Loch Davan, the Tarland Burn, and the Elrick Burn to pilot the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and further improve the quality of the River Dee. Through engagement with the local community, the project also hopes to raise awareness of the river environment and encourage good environmental practise amongst those living and working in Deeside.
Dee District Salmon Fishery Board / James Hutton Institute / River Dee Trust
There has been a rolling programme of support for buffer strips (a vegetated area near a stream which helps protect it from the impact of adjacent land use). Buffer strips play an important role in protecting water quality and have become a very common conservation practice.
Buffer strips have been created in many areas of the catchment, with a rolling programme to increase coverage year on year. The most recent initiative is part of the Pearls in Peril project and aims to create 45km of new buffer strips in the middle Dee.
Aberdeenshire Council | Macaulay Institute
Aberdeenshire Council and the Macaulay Institute are starting a new project – ‘Aquarius’ - that will work with farmers and land managers to look at ways in which water quantity might be best managed under current and future climate change. The focus of the project is the Tarland Basin and the project will support the development of the Tarland Flood Prevention Scheme.
DCP, Aberdeen City Council
The Dee Catchment Partnership are delivering a 3 year engagement programme for Aberdeen City Council (2016-2019). This is funded under the European Interreg 'BEGIN' project and focuses on engaging, educated and implementing several green-infrastructure measures throughout Aberdeen City. DCP will offer support:
- Provide project advice, outreach support and design guidance through the working group
- develop site specific information packs, posters, signage and events
- assist with public consultations
- Provide education sessions to local schools and interest groups
- Prepare a storyboard for the SuDS video guide
- Develop a blue-green infrastructure education pack
- respond to information requests and research interests
The BEGIN project will see three sites being developed throughout Aberdeen City; Maidencraig Wetland and Flood Alleviation scheme, Fernielea Primary School refit and Summerhill Swale and miniture wetland.
Dee Catchment Partnership / Aberdeen Harbour Board / Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) / Aberdeen City Council
The Yellow Fish Project raises awareness of how our drains work, where they go and which things can do alot of harm if they go down the wrong (or any) drain.
Easing obstructions to fish migration
Aberdeenshire Council / Dee DSFB / River Dee Trust
Since 2007, the Dee DSFB and Trust have eased or removed 27 manmade obstructions to fish migration from the River Dee's tributaries. The aim is to allow fish to gain access to their natural spawning grounds. In 2014, the largest manmade obstruction was bypassedby installing a fish pass to the face of the Culter dam and two weirs further upstream in the Culter tributary were also eased.
CNPA / James Hutton Institute / FCS / Forest Research
We are developing a range of techniques that use natural or semi natural engineering methods to slow the flow of water through the river system. These range from large scale tree planting in the uplands, attenuation features in agricultural areas and green infrastructure in urban areas.
DCP, Aberdeen City Council, River Dee Trust, NE Biodiversity Partnership
The Dee Catchment Partnership are providing outreach support to the LEADER funded 'NE Non-Native Invasive Species Project'.
Over the 3 year period (2018-2021) we will assist with any commuications requests and develop a sweep of essential resources:
- Information leaflet for the general public encouraging them to Recognise, Report and React to Invasive Species
- Provide a web platform to host relevant information, guidance and contacts
- Develop three banners for use at events
- Provide news updates on social media (Facebook and Twitter)
- Assist with IT support at the NENNIS Forum
- Attend volunteer habitat improvement events where required
Dee Catchment Partnership
The fourth Dee Catchment Partnership Seminar Day was held at Douneside House (Tarland) on 11 November 2104. Around 40 delegates took part in a morning of presentations by partners, followed by an afternoon fieldtrip around buffer strips in the Tarland catchment.
Scottish Natural Heritage
'Pearls in Peril' (PIP) is an EU LIFE+ NATURE project co-funded by 22 organisations across Scotland, England and Wales. This nationwide project is acting to safeguard important freshwater pearl mussel populations. The project run from 2012 to March 2017. In that time, a wide range of conservation measures have been created. In the Dee catchment PIP has four components: establishing 75km of riparian woodland in the upper catchment; establishing 45km of agricultural buffer strips in the middle and lower Dee; removing channel engineering features from the main stem of the river; and a 'Pearls in the Classroom' education programme working with schools throughout the catchment to rasie awareness of the species.
SEPA is working in four catchments in Scotland (the Rivers Dee, South Esk, Glazert and Nith) to identify sites where channel morphology (the shape of the stream bed and banks) needs to improved.
The Dee is one of these 'Pilot Catchments' and work is underway at several sites.
On the Bo Burn between Old Mill of Hirn and Loch of Park, opportunities for channel restoration combined with natural flood management (NFM) have been assessed. Following the appraisal of this options work restoration plans are being designed.
Meanwhile, surveys of the Tarland, Leuchar and Gormack Burns have also identified opportunities for channel restoration/NFM and land managers have been consulted about these. The next step is to produce detailed designs and consult further with land managers about these.
Rivers And Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS)/ Aberdeen University /Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Scottish Mink Initiative is a community based Initiative as part of the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland’s (RAFTS) Biosecurity and Invasive Non Native Species Programme, aiming to protect native wildlife by removing breeding American mink from north Scotland and the Highlands.
Dee Catchment Partnership
Think TANK is deisgned to raise awareness of the pollution that can be caused by poorly managed septic tanks and the need for tanks to be managed properly in accordance with the DCP Septic Tank Guide leaflet. Due to demand from all over Scotland and interest from Ireland, we have produced a UK version of our Septic Tank Guide which has been signed off by all four UK agencies with responsibilities for septic tanks and is available as UK guidance. It will shortly be available translated into Welsh.
Aberdeenshire Council / Cairngorms National Park Authority / River Dee Trust / RSPB / Scottish Environment Protection Agency / Scottish Natural Heritage
The upper Dee has been affected by changes to the shape of its bad and banks in several areas. Waste materials (old cars, rubble and other waste) have been removed from a 60m section of riverbank and the bank reprofiled to be lower and more gently sloping. This will allow the floodplain to flood more often, and this will benefit habitats that have become too dry.
River Dee Trust (Pearls in Peril project)
This is a hugely ambitious £2.4 million project to establish native trees over 50 kilometers of riverbank. As they grow, they will help to reduce water temperatures during the summer months in crucial salmon spawning and nursery areas, helping to safeguard salmon populations against climate change.