Our Water Environment

Project Lead: Spey Fisheries Board (SFB) and TGLP

What is the project?

The Our Water Environment Project comprises two projects that working together will Slow the Flow and undertake Water Margin Management. Together these projects aim to restore and enhance parts of the River Avon catchment to improve its water margins and in channel habitats to make the river and the wildlife it supports more resilient to pressures such as climate change, pollution and habitat loss.

What will the project achieve?

  • Improvements to natural river processes by re-opening relict channels and reconnecting floodplains.
  • Reducing erosion and the input of fine sediments into the watercourses through the installation of green engineering, fencing livestock away from river banks and undertaking riparian tree planting.
  • Safeguarding the future of river wildlife such as Atlantic salmon and trout.
  • Raise awareness of the water environment with local communities; provide opportunities for training and volunteering.

What has been done so far?

  • University of the Highlands & Islands Students have conducted a walk over survey as part of their studies on the River Avon.
  • An engineered log jam and willow spilling has been installed on the Conglass Water through a Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) agri-environment scheme. Watch the short film on this river margin enhancement project.
  • Demonstration events showing the green engineering being installed.
  • Agri-environment scheme submitted to SRDP in April 2018 for engineered log jams, and channel re-meandering projects on the River Avon. If the application is successful this work will be undertaken during summer 2019.