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River projects

There are many organisations working in and around the River Ythan to improve and monitor the river and educate the public. 

Spraying Giant Hogweed at Tarty Burn

Invasive species control: Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam

Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are found in the Ythan river catchment area.  Local volunteers and contractors have successfully worked to reduce the number of plants on the riverbanks through a mixture of spraying and removing plants by hand. Managed by:  Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers,and Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI)

Grey seals on the beach

Seal population

Monitoring the impact of the rapidly rising numbers of seals in the River Ythan area and estuary. Managed by: River Ythan Trust 

Electro fishing

Fish population surveys (electro fishing)

Following concerns over the decline in salmon stocks electro fishing (method used to sample fish populations) techniques are being used to assess the salmon population.  Results from 2018 showed all 16 sites surveyed had trout present and 10 had juvenile salmon.  Managed by: Marine Scotland (site selection) and Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust (staff provision)

Volunteers on the river bank below bridge

Wildlife surveys

Surveys of piscivorous birds, seals, salmon and sea trout redds (nests that trout and salmon build in the bottom of the river to lay their eggs in).   Managed by: Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board Bailiffs

Tifty Burn after easing the Mill of Tifty dam

Habitat improvements

Identifying and, if possible, removal of obstructions in the river.  Building fish ladders in the Keithfield burn.  Managed by: Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board Bailiffs and the River Ythan Trust.

Upstream area of the Ythan tributaries

Upstream fish migration improvements

Improvements to the upstream fish passage in the Ythan tributaries (Kelly Burn which flows through the Haddo lake, and the Raxton and Keithfield burns) Managed by: River Ythan Trust.

Young salmon

Year of the missing salmon

Project to collect data from a number of rivers in the North East including the Ythan, analysis still expected.  Managed by: Atlantic Salmon Trust

Giant Hogweed in flower

Invasive non-native (INN) plant survey

Plant surveys carried out in the Cruden catchment area, Slains Burn and coastal streams.  Survey data passed to Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI).  The survey was completed in 2017.  Managed by: North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC)

Tifty Burn pool

Habitat survey

The first comprehensive habitat survey of the River Ythan. The data has been used to make significant improvements to the habitat and fishery.  The survey was completed in 2012. Managed by: River Ythan Trust

Get involved

If you are interested in taking part in any of these projects you can contact the organisations managing the project or get in touch with the River Ythan Trust or Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board.