Tuesday 8 January 2008

Inchewan Burn Habitat Restoration Project, Birnam

Here's a before shot (click to enlarge) of the failed reno wire matress stream bed on our local Inchewan Burn which apart from being totally unsightly had been blocking migratory fish for decades.

Here's the recently taken after shot (click to enlarge) showing a few of the 11 stepped pools re-constructed out of mainly natural stone after the removal of all the broken wire baskets and contents.

Although a small project it was supported by many highly respected organisations including :

Scottish Executive (Transport Scotland)
Scotland Transerv
Scottish Native Woods
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
The River Restoration Centre
Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust
Scottish Natural Heritage
Forestry Commission
Tay Liaison Committee
Dunkeld & Birnam Angling Association
John Langley Construction
Murthly Estates
Atholl Estates

The project has acted as a catalyst for the recently launched 'Tay Western Catchments Project' which is being professionally managed by Scottish Native Woods (Click here for up to date project news). It has also been the first truly environmentally friendly stream bed re-construction of it's kind carried out by Transport Scotland and has set a new standard within the organsation for this type of in-stream engineering application.
A very special thanks to all the dedicated professionals who have assisted me with this project over the last few years.
For more information on the Inchewan Burn Project Click here.

Jock Monteith

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