The Culroy Burn has been the focus of much attention in an effort to reduce the sediment entering the Doon and improve spawning success in the burn. There’s always been some difficulty getting landowner support for one stretch in particular but after a very positive meeting this morning with a land agent, I am hopefully that we will soon be able make some improvements with the support of the Doon Board and the landowners.

Severe erosion as a result of unrestricted livestock access.

Severe erosion as a result of unrestricted livestock access.

The area in question contributes tonnes of sediment to the burn as a direct result of cattle poaching and sheep grazing. Multiple issues in a relatively short stretch of the burn may soon be resolved and we are keen to take this forwards at the earliest opportunity possible. Fingers crossed, we can reach agreements with the landowners shortly and ART have started preparing proposals for both landowner and Doon Board. Historic structures such as a weir and collapsed bridge also impact the watercourse and these may be removed too.

Floods scoured around this old weir and it would be better to remove this than leave it in place.

Floods scoured around this old weir and it would be better to remove this than leave it in place.

Several issues in a single image

Several issues in a single image

Fencing can solve many issues such as this bankside instability

Fencing can solve many issues such as this bankside instability

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3 Responses to Light at the end of the tunnel?

  1. David Watson says:

    Well done ART. Not only are your reports excellent but now we are seeing some positive action.

  2. David Watson says:

    Well done ART, not only are your reports excellent but now we are seeing some positive action.

    • Stuart Brabbs says:

      Thanks David and Pamela. Finding funding to deliver these type of projects is always difficult but with the Doon Board willing to support fencing and other works, we been able to make positive changes recently. We are never more happy than when trying to improve things even if we occasionally get things wrong. We learn by our mistakes and hopefully continue to improve. We are encouraged by positive noises coming from SEPA regarding bank stabilisation recently and with changes to the regulations, we hope to be able to work with landowners to deliver more like this in future.