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River Ythan Trust

The River Ythan Trust aims to protect and enhance the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 

The Trust was set up in 2010 by a group of local people from the Formartine area in Aberdeenshire with an interest in the river.


The Trust’s covers the catchments of the River Ythan, Water of Cruden, Slains Burn and several small coastal streams. The total area amounts to 769 sq. km. The length of rivers, tributaries and streams is more than 450 km.

The Trust’s work is primarily focused on the inland and coastal waters of the River Ythan Trust area.


The River Ythan Trust aims

  • to promote effective management of the river with the ambition of protecting and enhancing the river, fishery, aquatic and riparian (riverbank) habitat and indigenous wildlife

  • to conserve and enhance all species of freshwater fish and their environments in their area

  • to educate the public, businesses, and public bodies about aquatic ecosystems. Including their fauna, flora, economic or social activity, river catchment management and the need for protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of aquatic and riparian (riverbank) environments.




Alec Paterson


Alec is a retired consulting engineer, former member of the Don District Salmon Fishery Board, current member of the Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board, former Aberdeen and District Angling Association Ythan Convener (30+ years.) and their former Works Convener (10 years) organising all their works on Dee, Don and Ythan.

Mark Andrew


Mark is a Chartered Surveyor in Rural Practice.  Factor of Haddo Estate since 1991 which has a lengthy section of fishings from below Ythanbank to Gight (all available through The Haddo House Angling Club) and Clerk to the Board since 1991 with a keen interest in the whole river and improving habitat for fish throughout the catchment.

Dr John Pirie


Retired physicist. Enjoys the outdoors and all therein. Landed first salmon at Fyvie in February 1957.

Jim Adie


Anouk Kloppert


Anouk is an Aberdeenshire councillor for the Ellon & District ward who has had a keen interest in the river Ythan since she moved into the Ythan catchment area over 20 years ago. The work the River Ythan Trust does, helps to sustain all wildlife on the river. To Anouk, specifically a healthy presence of salmon and sea trout represents the heartbeat of the river.

Dr Mark Young


Mark is a retired ecologist, who worked for many years at Aberdeen University, studying the response of freshwater invertebrates and fish to varied water quality. He also spent some years on the North Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and its predecessor bodies. He lives in the Ythan catchment area and have a special interest in the river and the adjacent environment at and near Gight.

Richard McDonald