Riverwoods: Restoring Woodlands On Riverbanks

regenerating The foundations of healthy rivers

Scotland has lost 97 per cent of its native woodland over the centuries, impairing ecosystem function and reducing biodiversity. Today, without the cooling shade that riparian woodlands provide, many of Scotland’s rivers experience extremely high temperatures that reduce the survival rates of economically important species such as the Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

A solution to this problem is the restoration of catchment ecosystem function with a particular focus on riparian woodland – an intervention that has been proven to keep water courses cool during hot summers. Restoring riparian woodland benefits not only salmon but many other species of plants and animals, providing habitat, while drawing in and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

We support the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust

The European Nature Trust is committed to restoring freshwater ecosystems in the Scottish Highlands. Building on riparian restoration work conducted at Alladale Wilderness Reserve – where one million trees have been replanted along two Highland glens – we are now actively engaged in the replanting of riparian woodlands along the five main rivers of the Kyle catchment. This work will be conducted and managed by the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust, and supported by a funding partnership between The European Nature Trust and The Fishmongers’ Company.

In 2021, The European Nature Trust hosted the London premiere of Riverwoods: An Untold Story. Produced by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, the film cast a light on the perilous state of Scotland’s Atlantic salmon population, and how their decline after years of riparian deforestation signifies a need to restore healthy freshwater environments. With the funds raised from the London premiere event, we have joined forces with the Fishmongers’ Company to support the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust in their efforts to launch a network of riparian restoration projects along the five rivers of the Kyle catchment.

focus areas

Native tree planting and revegetation on riverbanks
5 key rivers of the Kyle catchment: Carron, Oykel, Shin, Cassley, Evelix
Biodiversity monitoring of restoration work, particularly salmonids

"We are extremely excited and proud to be engaged in this path-finder partnership with TENT and the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust. The restoration of Scotland's upland riparian habitats has taken on a new urgency"

Andrew Wallace
The Fishmongers' Company

Play your role

We are actively seeking conscious business leaders, companies and partners who want to make a tangible difference for rivers, the salmon that flow through them, and all the biodiversity they sustain. If you’d like to discuss how you can contribute to getting trees in the ground and revegetating our riverbanks, please email jacob@theeuropeannaturetrust.com.

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