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Esks Rivers And Fisheries Trust End Of Year Report 2013

Started by Wildfisher, December 13, 2013, 11:29:08 AM

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Good stuff

I am curious about this paragraph in the report:

QuoteLIFFE project has started and involves the restoration of natural processes in the Upper catchment of the South Esk. Bank protection which has resulted in the destruction of spawning areas will be removed at Acharn, Braedownie and Moulzie. The project also aims to facilitate SRDP applications from farmers for a wide range of environmental measures which will be of benefit to the upper catchment as a whole.

I am not familair with the abbreviations and am interested in what are the problems in these areas and what is proposed

Anyone known anymore (I think Tom posts here)?
Sadly my 7' 5 weight that killed fascists is deceased!



SRDP = Scottish Rural Development Program.
LIFFE= No idea!
'til a voice as bad as conscience,
rang interminable changes,
on an everlasting whisper,
day and night repeated so-
"Something hidden, go and find it,
Go and look beyond the ranges,
Something lost beyond the ranges,
Lost and waiting for you,


LIFE projects I expect, the double FF is probably a mis-spelling in the report. The LIFE projects are the EU funded environmental projects usually accessed by the likes of the Forestry Commission or similar and then recycled in their own schemes or projects.
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Quote from: Bobfly on December 13, 2013, 12:44:04 PM
LIFE projects I expect, the double FF is probably a mis-spelling in the report. The LIFE projects are the EU funded environmental projects usually accessed by the likes of the Forestry Commission or similar and then recycled in their own schemes or projects.

Bobfly is quite correct on acronyms and spelling of LIFE. The main in river problems we want to address are a whole series of large concrete blocks and boulders which were put in the river to try to prevent bank erosion in the 70's. They have the effect of speeding the flow up in a big spate to such an extent any gravel tends to be washed downstream or if there are any redds they are in danger of being washed out. Hopefully the river will return to its natural course, probably widening and becoming shallower. The river up at the top end of Glen Clova is of little consequence for angling but is a crucial spawning area especially for spring fish. Other things we are trying to encourage with this project are fencing of stock out of small watercourses and riparian tree planting along main river and adjoining burns. Hope this helps. If anyone is keen to see what we are up to we would be more than happy to arrange a trip up the glen and a tour round. Could take in the work we have done on the Rottall burn at the same time. we seem to curiously end up the bar in the Glen Clove Hotel every time we are up there. It would be nice to repay Forum members for your kindness in giving us a handsome donation last year.


Proposals for the next period of SRDP funding (2014 - 2020) were published last week for consultation. One new area of funding proposed is for cooperative action which could potentially be very useful for fisheries trusts in helping to bring together various landowners for catchment wide projects - the following example is given for the sort of project funding could be available for (skip to pages 64 & 65 for full details

An example of a successful co-operative approach is the Eddleston Water
Project led by the Tweed Forum which received LEADER funding. This project coordinated
a number of partners to develop a restoration strategy to both restore
natural habitats and help reduce the risk of flooding to Eddleston and Peebles. This
required changes to land management practices by seven different landowners and
the Forum continues to work closely with landowners and the local community.
251. The project itself consisted of taking a river which was deliberately
straightened 200 years ago, and reintroducing meanders in a couple of places to
slow the flow in the event of heavy rainfall. In addition, the surrounding land is to be
planted with native woodland designed to flood if necessary to save the town of
Peebles downstream. This shows what can be done when the right package of
funding, facilitation and motivation is in place. However, it was no easy task taking a
project forward involving so many different interests and we must look to smooth this
process for the future programme. We believe this can be done by allowing funding
not just for the works themselves, but also for the task of facilitating the agreement
and animating the project.

If they go through the new proposals cant be applied for until around early 2015 but it might be worth speaking to various landowners in the meantime to see if there would be interest in a larger scale collaborative project to improve river habitat. Proposals have to be approved though so you can give them support (along with other agri/forestry environmental proposals) via the following:

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