Walk & Talk: Habitat Restoration on the River Calder with Glenbanchor Estate & the Spey Catchment Initiative

Time 10:00 - 13:00
Capacity Only 1 places remaining
Booking Cut-off Friday 27 May, 12:00:pm
Organiser Fiona Van Aardt
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In 2019, the Spey Catchment Initiative approached Pitmain and Glenbanchor Estates with a view to undertaking restoration works on the River Calder. For a number of years, the Calder had not been producing as many juvenile salmon as would have been expected, and it was felt that this was linked to the lack of woodland along the river banks. An opportunity was identified to improve in river habitat and establish woodland along the river to enhance the biodiversity value and climate change resilience of the catchment.

Pitmain and Glenbanchor Estates is a mixed sporting, conservation and agricultural estate.  The Glenbanchor part of the Estate was acquired in 2017 and the proposed scheme aligned with the Estate’s habitat objectives and wider plans for restoring native woodland in areas of the glen. 

Members are warmly invited to join this Walk & Talk hosted by Ewan Harris, agent for Pitmain & Glenbanchor Estates, and Penny Lawson, Project Officer for the Spey Catchment Initiative. There will also be contributions from Roger Knight, Director of the Spey Fishery Board, Steve Conolly, MD of Cawdor Forestry, and key members of the Glenbanchor and Spey Fishery Board teams.

The following key topics will be covered in the morning programme:

  • Background to the habitat restoration work on the River Calder – why it was necessary and what were the objectives
  • Approach to the establishment of riparian woodland and how this links to plans for restructuring of the commercial woodland on the estate
  • Creation of instream fish habitat based on fallen trees
  • Consideration of the deer management context as part of the habitat restoration works
  • Benefits observed to date

The Walk & Talk at Glenbanchor will give participants the opportunity to see and discuss the various restoration works with representatives from the estate, SCI, the Spey Fishery Board and Cawdor Forestry. We’ll discuss how these habitats benefit salmon and other species, the pros and cons of different approaches and the experience of the various stakeholders to date.

This event is free of charge to SLE Members, but booking is essential through the SLE website.


Additional event information:

Format of the event: Participants will gather in the parking area on the left side of Glen Road, Newtonmore. There is additional parking space slightly further up on the right side of the road. All parking is free of charge.

We will then get into 4 or 5 cars and drive to the walkers’ car park at the entrance to the glen. The Walk & Talk will open with short introductions to Glenbanchor Estate, the Spey Catchment Initiative and the various habitat restoration projects before we head out to see and discuss the various works on the ground.

We’ll then return to the car park for further discussions and refreshments.

Other information: This event will take place outdoors so please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Booking information: Booking is essential. To secure your place please book online today.

Date: Tuesday 31 May, 2022

Time: 10:00-13:00

Cost: Free for members

Meeting point: Parking area on left side of Glen Road, Newtonmore (red pin below).

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