We are keeping a close eye on how the willow spiling we installed at Tarholm on the Ayr is developing since we completed this work just under 1 month ago. It is incredible to see how much silt is being deposited with each spate. The photos below illustrate the change we’ve seen over the last weekend and since completion.
We revisited this site today after the weekend’s high water. It gave us a chance to compare the changes that have taken place over the weekend. What? As quick as that?… I almost hear people ask, and the answer is yes. Struan too the photos above on Friday and Sunday. I took those below this afternoon.
It is good to see brash bundles filled with sediment and the hollow behind the willow is steadily filling with every spate. What is most concerning is the sediment load this river carries with every lift in levels. It’s no wonder the harbour master was complaining to us of the increasing frequency they are required to dredge Ayr Harbour in recent years. He has offered us his data and I’m keen to see it when I can.