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Over the last two or three centuries, the riversides have become increasingly denuded and urgently in need of restoration. Woodland areas alongside watercourses keep the riverbanks from being consumed by the energies of the flowing waters. This in turn protects and enhances flood plains is the best natural flood prevention for lands further downstream.

“Once destroyed, natures beauty cannot be purchased at any price.”

Ansel Adams

Wildland’s rivers in the North are all now graded as category three meaning that whilst they are often amongst the best in Scotland for fishing, they are only fished on a catch-and-release basis. This has been shown to be beneficial to the broader health of the system and provides in particular a vital boost to the breeding stock for future generations.

As the water quality improves, so does water life. On Wildland estates, trees now provide better shade and better food; meaning that as well as healthier fish, we are already experiencing a growth in their numbers and size. Mountain trout, landlocked since the ice age, may be at a point of genetic difference to merit classification as a separate species.

Healthier water courses and riparian areas lead to more varied birdlife; inviting mesmerising glimpses of sea eagles, osprey and water birds such as dippers, divers and waders. All of the other wildlife that rivers and riverbanks provide shelter to, such as increasingly rare water voles become a treat that we encounter more and more often.