I’ve been visiting farms in the Doon catchment to encourage them to fence burns and water margins. The Doon DSFB has generously agreed to fund between 40 and 50% of the cost depending on the priority and expected benefits that will be achieved. I’ve added a couple of photos below. The first two are from the same burn showing the difference between fenced and unfenced margins on the Dalcairnie Burn. This fenced area was done several years ago funded by an agri-environment scheme.
The burn below is the Glessel Burn which doesn’t need any fencing really and water quality is good. This used to be an important sea trout spawning burn years ago but sadly no longer, but we live in hope.
Below is the Purclewan Burn that we fenced for the Board in 2012 with their financial input. This short stretch was very badly impacted from cattle entering the burn for watering. It was overwide, shallow and silty. The banks were bare. It had developed into a braided channel and this remains but it is narrowing and the marginal vegetation offers cover to fish. In time I expect this will change further, perhaps returning to a single channel.
On the whole the important areas have all been visited and some landowners are very keen to have a quote. I hope to have several key farms signed up this week. Once the first round of visits and quotes are completed, we will move onto other areas if any funding is left.