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River Forth Fisheries Trust Secures Heritage Lottery Fund support for major catchment restoration project in Central Scotland

Friday, July 29, 2016

The River Forth Fisheries Trust has received continued support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Water Environment Fund (SEPA WEF), City of Edinburgh and West Lothian Councils to deliver RiverLife: Almond & Avon, a project totalling £6.7 Million. 

Why river floodplains are key to preserving nature and biodiversity in the western US

Monday, July 18, 2016

An article from Ric Hauer on The Conversation: "Although they may not commonly be viewed as hotspots for biodiversity, gravel-bed river floodplains are by far the most important feature for nature across the landscapes of western North America.

This is because gravel-bed rivers disproportionately create high diversity of habitats, concentrate nutrients for growth, and provide corridors to link populations of species that would otherwise become isolated.

Beavers in Scotland: A Report to the Scottish Government

Monday, June 27, 2016

This report by Scottish Natural Heritage draws on 20 years of work on beavers in Scotland, as well as experience from elsewhere in Europe and North America. It provides a comprehensive summary of existing knowledge and offers four future scenarios for beavers in Scotland for Ministers to consider. It covers a wide range of topics from beaver ecology and genetics, to beaver interactions with farming, forestry, and fisheries. The reintroduction of a species, absent for many centuries, is a very significant decision for any Government to take.

RAFTS release ‘Managing River Restoration’ library of guidance notes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland have published a series of guidance notes entitled ‘Managing River Restoration: Gearing Up For The Management of River Restoration’. 

These documents will help to equip organisations with the necessary tools for the governance and management of river restoration projects, particularly those that utilise public funds.  These guidance notes are intended to promote good practice in this field and outline the procedural requirements that organisations should have in place before embarking on a river restoration project.

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