Situated on the north side of the Spey, about four miles downstream from Grantown-on-Spey, the Delliefure Burn is a small tributary that had seen significant degradation due to historical agricultural practices including straightening the burn and adding embankements.
In addition, the Spey Fishery Board electrofishing gave us strong evidence that the habitat within this section of the Dellifure Burn was poor for Atlantic salmon and Trout and that changes within and alongside this stretch of burn were needed to improve conditions for these and other species.
During 2021 we improved in-river habitats, flood risk, water storage and created new habitats on the wetland, bringing multiple benefits to this section of river and its floodplain.
Project Delivery: What did we do?
1. We lowered embankments
2. We installed large woody structures
3. We created wader scrapes
What are the Benefits of this Project?
1. New habitats have been created for our wildlife
There is now more wetland and wet grassland habitats in and around our scrapes – which is fantastic for a range of animals and insects.
Natural river processes have restored within the burn, increasing morphological features and enhancing in-channel structural and habitat diversity. This has increased the number of juvenile salmon and trout within the burn.
2. More water is held in the catchment
More water is now held in wetland areas, acting as a reservoir to replenish the burn and counter low flows during drought conditions. This is good for the river, it’s wildlife and communities.
3. Carbon storage is increased, helping to tackle and mitigate Climate Change
This project has re-established water-logging of peaty soils to improve carbon storage. And, by lowering the embankments there has been an increase in particulate and nutrient deposition on the flood plain, enhancing organic carbon storage.
Helping Tackle and Mitigate Climate Chang
Our Fantastic Project Partners
We would like to thank all of our project partners, without whom this project would not have been possible.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority Co-funded this project.
The Macallan Co-funded this project.
Seafield Estate granted us access to their land.
The Tenant Farmer, for allowing this work to be completed on their land.
We would also like to thank all of our steering group members, many of whom also helped support this project.
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Spey Fishery Board electro fishing survey shows that salmon and trout populations have doubled since the project was finished.
By lowering the embankments there has been an increase in particulate and nutrient deposition on the flood plain, enhancing organic carbon storage.