Planning for the future
Riparian tree planting is underway Thursday 23rd May 2013 16:34:53
Up on the Gairn, approaching what should be mid-summer, we are hit by a wintry blast of snow and wind. On the plus side, our programme of riparian enhancement has begun, with the first tree enclosures now in place along the bankside of the River Gairn tributary.
Each fenced enclosure is small (approx. 5 x 5m) with about 20 native trees planted in each.
The aim is to establish areas of wooded buffer strips to create dappled shade, improve the nutrient status of the watercourse and help stabilise banks. All of this will have knock-on benefits for biodiversity, in particular the freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon and otter. The three species for which the River Dee is a notified Special Area of Conservation.
This is the start of things to come (the tree planting, not the weather hopefully!), as 70 km of river bank will be planted in the next 3.5 years.
Now, could someone please tell the snow that we don’t want to see it again until December!
The Gairn on 23rd May!
This work is being done as part of the EU LIFE project, Pearls in Peril.