Here are a couple of photos showing fencing on both banks of a River Dulnain tributary. These habitat improvement works were identified and organised by the SFBin conjunction with the Spey Catchment Initiative and delivered when funding became available. Duncan Ferguson sent me these photos as I haven’t had a chance to go and view the works yet.
The recent weather hasn’t been too conducive to fencing works but good progress has been made. The bailiffs have been assisting with removal of the old single bank fence so that the fencers are not held back when the weather permits.
Full details of this project will be published once complete. The works cover 1.6km of the lower reaches of the burn. We have pre works electrofishing data from the area and will follow this up with monitoring over the next few years. It would be nice to see an improvement in parr numbers but there are other benefits from habitat improvements of this nature. Fencing has a major role to play in reducing silt/sand ingress which can smother spawning gravels and eliminate fish and invertebrate habitat; not only in that stream but further downstream also.
In addition to these works other fencing is planned in the lower Glenbeg Burn and along 6km of the mainstem upstream of Grantown. More on these projects later.