Gairnshiel Lodge

Walk & Talk: Habitat restoration in the upper Dee catchment – Invercauld Estate

Time 10:00 - 13:00
Cost 15.00
Cost (Members) 0.00
Capacity 16 of 30
Booking Cut-off Friday 1 May, 12:00:pm
Organiser Fiona Van Aardt
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Please note: Following government guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19), this event has been postponed. If possible, we will reschedule this event for a later date, and will inform all who have previously booked places of the new date when this is confirmed.


Native tree planting and the use of large woody structures are just two of the restoration projects underway on the River Gairn. In partnership with the Dee Fishery Board and Invercauld Estate, this event provides an opportunity for landowners and managers to see and discuss the restoration works, their importance to salmon fishing on Deeside and the wider land management context.

Planting trees is an increasingly popular response to the current climate change emergency and the far-reaching benefits of woodland cover are now better understood. However, it is important to plan a planting scheme carefully, ensuring the right tree is established in the right place in order to maximise the benefits that the woodland may bring.

Our wild salmon stocks are facing a crisis but by planting the right trees in the right places, we can help turn around the fortunes of this iconic species, so vital to our rural economy. The benefits of establishing trees along river banks extend far beyond salmon and recently, on Deeside, there has been significant bankside planting. Other more immediate tools to help protect salmon include installing large woody structures in rivers and the addition of nutrients. This event provides an opportunity to discuss the practicalities, challenges and successes of these works and help to shape an upland that is fit for the future.

The Walk & Talk is organised in partnership with the team at the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and kindly hosted by Invercauld Estate. The event will include a short presentation and discussion with experts from DDSFB, Invercauld Estate and other local landowners, followed by a trip along the River Gairn taking in various restoration sites

Discussion topics will include:

  • The salmon crisis and temperature concerns
  • Benefits of riparian trees
  • Scale of planting
  • Planting alongside other land uses and experiences
  • Use of Large Woody Structures and addition of nutrients
  • Funding
  • Ongoing maintenance


Invercauld Estate is located largely in the Upper Dee catchment within the Cairngorms National Park and covers an area of approximately 39,123 hectares. Managed as a diverse and progressive upland estate, Invercauld’s management decisions are focused on three pillars of sustainability –the environment, the economy and the local community. Main activities include stalking, shooting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, fishing and let property. The business employs approximately 40 FTE employees and in addition, farms, shops, a pub and other local businesses operate on the Estate.


Additional event information

Format of the event: Participants will gather at Gairnshiel Lodge where refreshments will be available on arrival. The Walk & Talk will open with introductory talks and discussions with DDSFB and local landowners and managers. This will be followed by a trip (by vehicle) on the River Gairn with stops at the sites of various restoration works including native tree planting and large woody structures. There will be time for a question and answer session before heading back to the lodge and home.

Directions to Gairnshiel Lodge: The lodge is located on the junction of the B976 and the A939 close to the Gairnshiel Bridge.

Other information: Since part of this event will take place outdoors, please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Booking information: Booking is essential. To secure your place please book online today.

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2020

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Meeting point: Gairnshiel Lodge, Glengairn, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5UQ

Cost: Free for members/£15 +VAT for non-members

Please book online to secure your place.