The Allt Lorgy project by the Spey Catchment Initiative has just been announced as one of the four finalists for this year’s UK River Restoration Prize! It is the winner of the “Innovation Project” category. The overall winner will be announced at the UK River Restoration Centre Annual Conference in Blackpool on the 26th April. See here for details.
In 2012 Duncan Ferguson, Operations Manager for the Spey Fishery Board and Liz Henderson, Project Officer for the Spey Catchment Initiative began work on the Allt Lorgy, a tributary of the River Dulnain. The aim was to restore and improve the river functions by lowering embankments, exposing sediment and introducing carefully placed large woody structures. In time, this would lead to increased wetted area, more varied in-stream features and an improved habitat for juvenile salmon. It would also enable the burn and its floodplain to contribute better to upland water flow management, especially in times of prolonged rainfall or high spate. Read more here.
Allt Lorgy before work began in 2012
The Allt Lorgy, just two years on and significant changes had taken place. In-stream features such as pools and riffles had been created and a more variable substrate now exists.