Habitat Improvement

Riverfly

Invasive Species

Water Quality Testing

RESP – River Eden Development Project

Habitat Improvement

There are many different ways of improving river habitats. Planting trees is one of the most important. River woodlands are the green arteries of ecosystems. Riparian woodlands create the vital natural habitats that maintain healthy rivers, they are biologically rich and provide a link between land and water. There is no set width or design for a river woodland, some ecosystems extend across valleys as far as the influence of groundwater, flood waters and humidity permit. Though these areas are different in every place, they are always integral to healthy rivers, land and people.

Funders

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image or river eden fife

Riverfly

Did you know that freshwater supports the greatest concentration of biodiversity on this planet? Whilst freshwater habitats cover less than 1% of the planet’s surface, they support up to 10% of known species!

Objectives

What can we do to protect them?

Communities all over Scotland have been getting out and monitoring their rivers, including groups in Fife. The RESP riverfly group is part of a nationwide citizen science scheme trained in monitoring river invertebrates – this is done through Buglife Scotland’s ‘Guardians of our Rivers’ project.

Funders

nature restoration fund logos
buglife logo
people inspecting riverfly

Invasive Species

As part of our Nature Restoration Fund award, RESP is developing a catchment management strategy for key INNS plant species following the methodology of the highly successful Scottish Invasive Species Initiative.

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What is RESP going to do?

For now, we are concentrating on plants. We are mapping the distribution of the plants throughout the catchments of the River Eden and Motray Water and their tributaries from source to sea. This will enable us to plan a catchment-wide strategy for control.

Funders

nature restoration fund logos
image of balsam

Water Quality Testing

The RESP Water Testing team has been formed to monitor the quality of the Eden’s water and give insights into the issues affecting the river on its way to the sea.

Objectives

Our team of volunteers has been working to select and buy appropriate water testing equipment for this project with the aid of funding from the Crown Estates Environment Fund and support from The Angling Trust Water Quality Monitoring Network.

Funders

nature restoration fund logos
image of river

RESP – River Eden Development Project

RESP has received funding from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot to investigate ways of improving biodiversity and controlling invasive non-native species (INNS)in the River Eden and Motray Water catchments.

Funders

nature restoration fund logos
image of bridge over river eden fife

Become a River Eden Volunteer

There are lots of ways to get involved with the RESP project. Volunteer with one of the project groups, come to the steering group or just keep in touch. The project needs a team of local volunteers, up and down the catchment, looking after our river.

There are lots of ways to get involved with the RESP project. Volunteer with one of the project groups, come to the steering group or just keep in touch. The project needs a team of local volunteers, up and down the catchment, looking after our river.