The project will identify key stakeholders, landowners, and land managers in the catchment. It will survey and map data highlighting areas suitable for habitat improvements, such as control of non-native invasive plant species and the creation of bankside woodland. The evidence gathered will help us work with landowners and experts to select the best ways to improve river habitats.

RESP is committed to supporting restored river corridors, rich in biodiversity, free from invasive non-native species, resilient to climate change and connected to the community for well-being and economic benefit.

The funding announcement was made at the RESP River Eden landowner ‘Any Questions’ event at Letham Village Hall organised to open a vital conversation with local landowners, residents and land managers about how to improve the river. The Eden is currently classified as “poor” by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

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Sarah Davidson, Chair of Sustainable Cupar said:

“This is a beginning of a conversation locally about the best way to improve the river catchment. RESP has begun its work by employing surveyors, who will provide evidence of the state of the river habitats. This project will run for twelve months. At the end of that period, working hand in hand with key partners and local people, plans will evolve about the best next steps to be taken to achieve the goals of an improved river catchment.”

The funding will also allow RESP to offer training opportunities for volunteers who would like to get involved. There are lots of projects to get involved in from control of invasive species and tree planting to water quality and invertebrate monitoring.

Check out our project pages to find out more and get involved!


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