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), Aberdeenshire Local Outdoor Access Forum (ALOAF) and the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) to discuss any relevant access issues and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders. We are also hoping to work on some path upgrades with the Cairngorms Outdoors Access Trust (COAT) next year.
We recently developed the 'Enjoy the Dee' leaflet which provides locals and visitors with information on places to go on and how to visit these places responsibly. It has proved a massive hit and can be found in local tourist information centres and businesses. DCP has also developed guidelines for anglers and paddlers on a voluntary communication system to ensure safe river passage and mutual respect. Aberdeenshire Council have produced the following Outdoor Access and Development planning advice.
Managing Hotspot Locations
The River Dee has many beautiful locations that people are keen to visit, particularly on a warm sunny day. Unfortunately pressure from visitor numbers and the mess they can sometimes leave behind, can have a detrimental effect on the local areas habitats, wildlife, aesthetics and public health. The partnership identified a number of hotspot locations throughout the catchment which required some careful management.
New interpretation boards were produced and installed at Potarch, alongside new BBQ stands. These eye catching and informative panels, seemed to have helped educate the public on responsible behaviour. Further hotpot locations include the Cambus O May Suspension Bridge, Clunie Flatts and the Linn of Dee.
Getting Out and About
Click here for further information on getting out and about on Deeside.