The condition of the River Tweed has been described as poor in a Scottish Natural Heritage report.
The government wildlife conservation agency said almost two-thirds of the river and its indicators are in an “unfavourable” state in a national survey of more than 5,000 natural features and important species.
Among those features deemed “unfavourable” was the river itself – designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – three species of lamprey fish and plant groups.
However, Atlantic salmon, as well as fly and beetle life which live in and around the Tweed, were rated “favourable”.
In total, the SNH report said only 35.7 per cent of the river and its associated features were in favourable condition. The Tweed was among 22.8 per cent of Scottish landscapes and species described as unfavourable – well above the SNP Government’s target of just five per cent in 2010. To read more click here.