LOCH LOMOND NATIONAL PARK: River Teith Catchment Project

August 11, 2021

By Rory Murphy

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority is supporting the Forth Rivers Trust to reverse biodiversity loss in the River Teith in partnership with Nature Scot.

The Forth Rivers Trust secured just under £350,000 worth of funding to restore and improve the headwaters of the River Teith catchment around Callander in the Trossachs.

Funding was secured from Nature Scot’s Biodiversity Challenge Fund to support the restoration and improvement of the River Larig within the Teith catchment. Match funding for the project was also provided by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority.

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Stunning scenery around the banks of the River Teith.

The River Teith Catchment Project will see a number of activities being delivered to improve the headwaters of this catchment, which is also a Special Area of Conservation. Tree planting along the river corridor will take place with thousands of trees being planted to eventually provide shade for the river and cover for wildlife such as salmon, trout and lamprey.

Large pieces of wood will also be added to the river channel to boost instream cover, stabilise but also diversify in-stream habitat, something that is lost due to the lack of trees lining the banks. The wood being placed in the channel will provide cover for fish whilst using natural river processes to create pools, runs and riffles. It will also provide a food source for invertebrates, improving the feeding for salmon and trout.

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The River Teith winds its way through some beautiful countryside.

As well as the above, the project will reduce excessive erosion caused by poor bankside habitat structure using wood and other natural materials to reinforce the banking at key locations. This will help native vegetation and trees to take hold along these sections of banking and eventually taking over from the woody structures being put in place.

All of the above has been developed with the landowner who is very supportive of the restoration of the river and improvement of the catchment as a whole.

Alison Baker, Forth Rivers Trust Director said:  ‘Creating an environment in which our native fish can thrive is of paramount importance if we are to ensure that we do not lose these iconic species, including Atlantic salmon, trout (both resident and migratory), lamprey and eels.

“These species are declining due to impacts of land use as well as the threats of climate change. The Larig as the headwaters of the Teith system is vital for spawning and juvenile fish as well as supporting the ecosystem and wildlife throughout the catchment.

” The work will also start the process of making the river more resilient to an ever-changing climate due to global warming. This project is vital for the restoration and protection of nature for future generations to come.’”

NatureScot Chief Executive, Francesca Osowska, said:  ‘During lockdowns people around the world have valued the direct physical and wellbeing benefits of nature. More than ever before, people are starting to understand fully and support powerful arguments to put nature at the heart of our emergence from this crisis.

As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, investment in a ‘green recovery’ is understood to be the most cost effective way of making our communities and our nature sustainable and more resilient, while driving inclusive economic development.

‘This year new global targets to improve nature will be agreed at a Conference of the Parties in Kunming, China (COP15). Alongside COP26 on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland has a huge opportunity to address the many challenges and pressures that nature is facing. Nature is at the heart of what we do, and we will continue to deliver the transformational change needed to bring a nature-rich, sustainable and more economically secure future for Scotland.’

Gordon Watson, pictured above, Chief Executive at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, said:  ‘Restoring biodiversity and the natural environment across the National Park is vitally important, which is why we are proud to help fund this excellent example of partners coming together to restore and improve nature and help mitigate the very real effects of climate change.

‘Many of our iconic habitats and species in Scotland are in decline so this is important work to restore and improve the headwaters of the River Teith and to create an environment where native fish species can thrive, despite the increase in temperatures that climate change brings.’

How will the project be delivered?

Forth Rivers Trust staff will be delivering on the project throughout the year and there will be opportunities for volunteers to get involved with this work. If you would like to be involved, please email trust@forthriverstrust.org

Funding opportunities

Find out more about grants and funding.offered by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority to protect and enhance nature

3 comments

  1. That’s another bag o’shite propaganda from you, Bill. So long as it doesn’t begin with James and end in Graham you swallow all the crap they feed you and ignore what I’ve been saying for decades. The Teith Crew were on the NP Fish and Fisheries Forum with me. I know them. They’ve milked the NP at both ends….and nobody except me lifted a finger for the R Leven; which they treated as a joke…especially Mike Luti on behalf of the Callander £millionaires. I was on to the NP non-stop since 1995 when McFall raised it in the HOC, saying Labour would create the NP if they won the 1997 election. See Hansard, debate on Scottish Wilderness Areas 1995. Despite all my efforts the Labour Party did everything in their power to stop me putting the case in support of the R Leven….and the rest of you stood idly by as the rest of Scotland looted the rivers’ and fisheries’ and myriad other related budgets in favour of their rivers and fisheries. No wonder there was “no money for the R Leven.” You bums wouldn’t get off your backsides and go and collect your share. As I said before, I joined a number of other organisations to see how they got things done, including the Tweed Foundation. I remember how you enjoyed your trip to Selkirk. That was thanks to the Tweed looting all of the rivers and fisheries budgets….EU, ScotGov, public and private. Likewise, you all stood by when WDC lost their R Leven rights to the land grabbers at Balloch so they could make a mint off of the moorings for the play boaters. As for all and sundry deferring to LLAIA on these matters all that need be said it is on record at the PF’s office that I almost had them arrested for poaching. They couldn’t keep a goldfish never mind do anything constructive in support of the R Leven. You can keep your “good news and happy endings” BS stories from the Teith. It’s a wonder you don’t organise a whip round for the ruling class. I hear some of them are down to their last £billion. You could even say a few prayers for them…so God can rain more gold down on Callander. I would be better off drawing teeth from a crocodile than raising river and fishery issues round here. And the whole of Scotland knows West Dunbartonshire is “a basket case.” I get that everywhere I go. So, keep it up….more lolly for them, less for us. Clearly, we are dealing with masterminds and geniuses round here.

  2. Further to the above and to make the point emphatically and unequivocally….I would refer you to the WDC meeting of 2005 when it was reported, in writing, WDC “treat the R Leven as a liability.” The report described some of the legal advice WDC had received from a QC and a professor of conveyancing. That meant if WDC had gone to Court to retrieve their property on the R Leven at Balloch they would lose the case. I raised all this at length on numerous occasions in The Lennox etc. I also applied FOI to see the legal advice WDC had received in full. That went to the Info Commissioner who ruled it was “privileged.” So, WDC got to keep everyone in the dark about what they were doing viz the R Leven. Of course, I already knew they had their fake canal plans, that never saw the light of day, simmering away on the back boiler. Meanwhile, they were hard selling their regeneration pump and dump schemes on the pretext of “beautiful river views.” That is, on sites of industrial dereliction and heavily contaminated land. Labour, SNP and Jim Bollan were all in on it. So were you Bill. 2008-2021 years of austerity followed. Forbes. The worlds top $billionaires raised an additional $7 trillion since March 2020. There’s some who are not nickel and diming and arsing about.

    1. I think you are being a wee bit harsh here, James, but you are as entitled as anyone else to your say. Tone it down though. A great deal of what you have to say is true, of course.

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