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Innovative Fundraising Concept Supports River Dee Trust

Innovative Fundraising Concept Supports River Dee Trust

The River Dee Trust has benefitted from collaborative working partnerships with a number of highly successful commercial operations through a series of novel fundraising ideas to help them achieve their objectives in helping to restore the river to its former glories. One of these partnerships has been with the highly respected Glasgow Angling Centre & its online website fishingmegastore.com.

                       IntroDee event at Raemoir Trout Fishery

The owner of this highly successful business is Mr Paul Devlin who’s an astute businessman and keen salmon angler. Paul visits the River Dee as often as is possible to fish for salmon in a good number of River Dee beats and more often than not catches salmon on his regular visits to Deeside. Paul has been instrumental in helping the River Dee Trust develop its IntroDee Education programme which sees over 500 school children come to learn about the River Dee natural environment & wildlife. The programme is based loosely on the successful Tweedstart project developed by Kenny Galt from the Tweed Foundation and Eoin Fairgrieve, who very kindly assisted River Dee Fisheries Development Officer Ken Reid with some of their intellectual property to develop the River Dee Trust’s IntroDee Programme http://www.riverdee.org.uk/blog&news/newsevents.asp?article0=6&srch0=Introdee#0 Paul Devlin has provided 20 fishing rods, reels, fishing lines as well as safety glasses and hundreds of baseball caps for all participants to retain as a memento of their IntroDee programme experience.

 Paul Devlin left presents a cheque to Ken Reid

Paul was approached to see if they could do a collaborative retail website trial to see if funds could be raised to assist the River Dee Trust. The idea was quite appealing to Paul who very kindly agreed to give this concept some life and his IT Team got to work on the project. In the spring of 2010 the FishDee Megastore website was launched by Paul and his team. The idea was for every purchase made to raise a small contribution of financial support for the River Dee Trust. The project was allowed to run during the fishing season and at the end of the season the project was concluded. The project was deemed to be a useful collaborative project that helped both organisations receive some great publicity and appealed to many anglers who hold the River Dee close to their hearts. At the recent Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend, Ken Reid visited the complex to represent the River Dee organisations. He was delighted to receive a cheque for £ 1,000 from Paul Devlin which will help the River Dee Trust with its ongoing work programmes to help safe guard the future of the River Dee for generations to come.


Fancy Owning A River Dee Fishing Beat

Then this may be just the right kind of investment that allows you to indulge your passion for angling !

The delightful Craigendinnie Fishing Beat has gone on the open market along with the delightful Tanarside House.

Full schedule below in the online reader.


Olaf the Osprey migrating south gets a helping hand

Sitting at home late last Thursday afternoon tying up some “Green Cascade” salmon flies for a visit to the historic Cairnton Beat on the Dee the following day, DDSFB member Dave MacDonald found his concentration interrupted by a phone call from Stonehaven and District AA member Stuart Wright, who was speaking from the club’s Crossley Quarry trout  fishery.  Stuart excitedly described how a big raptor had landed clumsily on the concrete hopper in the middle of the quarry and had then leapt rather than plunged into the deep water there and had caught a passing trout in its talons.  Unable to fly off, the bird had wing-flapped its way to the shoreline under his feet, where it had set about eating the trout. By this time Dave was already in his car and on his way!


Arriving at the fishery some fifteen minutes later with his long-suffering spouse Mag in tow (yet equally fascinated about what they might find there) he joined Stuart and immediately identified the bird as a juvenile and rather scrawny looking Osprey, which was wolfing down pieces of trout whilst showing no fear whatsoever, of the two humans standing directly above it on the bank of the quarry.


Since this absolutely stunning bird was clearly exhausted and starving, Dave decided to “interfere with nature” by attempting to capture it by slithering down the low steep broom-covered cliff face. Landing alongside the bird in ankle-deep water, he grabbed the beastie as it made a half-hearted attempt to wing-swim away from him.  A short photo-call later, it was safely secured in a plastic box provided by an equally surprised Martin Gardner, the angling club’s membership secretary who had happened to tip up there. Within twenty minutes, it had been delivered into the safe custody of the similarly astonished staff at the new SSPCA complex at Drum on Deeside, to be kept overnight for transfer to veterinarian raptor specialist Lawrence Brain at New Deer where it is reported to be recuperating before release. “Operation Osprey” at Crossley Quarry was over, and the trio of anglers involved in the event were left with a feeling of real awe at the privilege of having been intimately involved in the rescue.


Exactly six years previously, SDAA treasurer Fred Welsh had similarly spotted an osprey flying overhead at the club’s other trout fishery at Allochie Lochan.  Contact back then with the RSPB had revealed that within the previous 24 hours, an osprey had also been seen in Caithness and then the Black Isle, leading to the theory that it had been a juvenile Norwegian bird which had crossed the North Sea and was traversing the length of the UK (stopping off at convenient feeding hotspots such as trout fisheries!) en route to its winter quarters in West Africa. This scenario seemed to fit the 2012 Crossley bird perfectly too, as it was not difficult to envisage a long and weary flight across the tempestuous North Sea  on Tuesday followed by serious difficulty in finding trout in the rain-muddies waters of northern Scotland. Little wonder that “Olaf the Osprey” was in such a sorry state on arriving at the watery haven of the Stonehaven club’s own crystal clear Crossley fishery with its fine fat trout!

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