Monthly Archives: April 2013

Environment Minister views pioneering river restoration project

The Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse has been visiting Carr-Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park this morning (Monday 29 April) to view ‘shovel ready’ projects including a pioneering river restoration project, instigated by the Spey Catchment … Continue reading

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Plans would see fines for environmental pollution upped to £40,000

A proposal to fine those who pollute the environment up to £40,000 has been opened up to public scrutiny. Views are being sought on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill, which includes new regulations to protect the environment. The Bill would … Continue reading

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Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Trust adds sheep to its firepower for eliminating Giant Hogweed

Sheep are being tested as a new weapon in the battle against giant hogweed on the River Deveron. Read More: BBC Website

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Online auction is catalyst for improvements to Speyside road culvert

A 38m long culvert under the A95 road on the Glenbeg Burn (a spawning tributary), just south of Grantown, has been made far more fish-friendly in an initiative sparked by an online auction, organised by gillie Jock Royan. With additional funding … Continue reading

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SNH publishes new report on the effect of Argyll beavers on woodland

The latest report on the effect of beavers on woodland has been published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), part of the ongoing monitoring work on the Scottish Beaver Trial. A group of European beavers was reintroduced to Knapdale forest near … Continue reading

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SEPA launches new mobile website for water users

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (25 April 2013) announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website to make it even easier for fishermen, canoeists, walkers and other water users to plan their activities. Water levels monitored by … Continue reading

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Prime Tweed autumn salmon fishings up for auction

Some of Britain’s best autumn salmon angling is catalogued in the 2013 Annual Auction in aid of the Tweed Foundation. 35 lots covering 28 beats are on offer including prime fishings between August and November on many of the Tweed’s … Continue reading

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Genetic study finds Ice Age salmon refuge

An area of coastal waters around North-West France has been identified as a site for a previously unknown ice-free refuge for salmon during the Ice Age. Researchers said the isolated marine haven would help explain the “genetic mosaic” of British … Continue reading

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Scots wildlife at risk from alien crayfish breeds

A VORACIOUS alien predator has been found in Scotland for the first time after they were bought into the UK illegally. The National Wildlife Crime Unit has recovered about a dozen marbled crayfish from home aquariums at three properties in … Continue reading

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Provisional Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics 2012 Season

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published the provisional salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2012 season. The publication provides an early indication of rod and net catch together with net fishing effort for the 2012 fishing season. The statistics … Continue reading

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