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At Spey Catchment Initiative (SCI) our work extends across the vast expanse of the Spey Catchment, a rich tapestry of interconnected ecosystems that both humans and wildlife call home. Our diverse range of projects includes riparian woodland creation, river restoration, removing man-made barriers to fish migration, and community engagement. We strive to create a balance between environmental conservation and sustainable development, aiming for a future where nature thrives and communities flourish.

In the face of the unprecedented climate and biodiversity crisis, the need for action has never been more urgent. Recognising this pressing challenge, we are intensifying our efforts by focusing on ambitious, catchment-scale projects that span the entire sub-catchment areas. By combining a diverse range of restoration approaches, we aim to significantly amplify our impact and address the critical issues our wildlife and communities face.

What do we do?

Riparian Woodland Creation

Our projects focused on riparian woodland creation are designed to foster the growth of diverse ecosystems, encourage wildlife habitats, and strengthen the catchment’s natural resilience.

River Restoration

We actively work towards the restoration of the River Spey and its tributaries, improving water quality and restoring habitats for native species.

Barrier Removal

Through the removal of man-made barriers, and the installation of fish passes, we strive to enhance fish migration routes and maintain a thriving aquatic ecosystem.

Community Engagement

Our initiative is deeply rooted in the local communities, engaging them in various activities ranging from tree planting to educational programs.

Overview of Our Key Projects

From habitat restoration to community engagement, our projects cover an array of environmental and social aspects. Our current focus is on delivering projects that restore natural form and function in modified watercourses, enhance river corridor habitats, that benefit biodiversity, and improve resilience to climate change.

Here is a glimpse of some of our key projects:

Upper Spey River Restoration

This collaborative project has marked a significant milestone in improving the ecological health of the upper Spey. With the installation of Large Woody Structures (LWS) in the headwaters of the River Spey, we’ve enhanced the river’s habitat, supporting diverse aquatic life, including juvenile salmon.

River Calder Restoration

A two-fold project that involved the creation of riparian woodland and the enhancement of habitat through the installation of Large Wood Structures.

Delliefure Burn Floodplain Restoration

This project improved the hydrological connection of the Delliefure Burn with its flood plain and created new and improved habitats.

Allt Lorgy River Restoration Project

A pioneering project that restored the morphology and habitats of an artificially straightened and embanked section of the Allt Lorgy.

Our Approach and Methodology

At SCI, we pride ourselves on our collaborative and inclusive approach, bringing together various organisations and stakeholders to work towards a shared vision. We firmly believe in the power of partnership, flexibility, and community engagement. Our projects are designed and implemented following sustainable development principles, ensuring that we not only protect and enhance our catchment today but also prepare it for a resilient and sustainable future.

Why You Should Get Involved

We welcome new partnerships and collaborations from organisations and potential project sponsors who share our commitment to integrated catchment management. When you work with SCI, you’re not just contributing to a project; you’re becoming part of a network dedicated to making a real, lasting difference to our environment.

Working with us comes with numerous benefits:

  • Shared Expertise: Tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience in various fields, from ecological restoration to community engagement.
  • Increased Visibility: Benefit from increased recognition and visibility through association with our respected and recognised initiative.
  • Community Engagement: Connect with the local communities and other stakeholders to build strong relationships and foster a culture of shared responsibility and active participation in environmental conservation.
  • Impactful Contribution: Be a part of meaningful change by contributing to projects that have a direct, positive impact on the environment and local communities.
  • Sustainable Development: Join us in promoting sustainable development principles, ensuring that our work today doesn’t compromise the needs of future generations.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our Get Involved Page. You can also contact us directly to discuss potential collaborations or sponsorships. We look forward to working together for the future of the Spey Catchment.

How You Can Get Involved

As well as delivering projects ourselves, the Spey Catchment Initiative plays a central role in facilitating action led by other organisations, and making sure all those with an interest are kept connected and included.

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