Don trust starts volunteer restoration plan

Team at the River Don
Team at the River Don

A Donside conservation society has joined forces with an oil company to launch a new river restoration project.

The River Don Trust has teamed up with volunteers from Bibby Offshore, a subsea installation provider, to deliver practical restoration works as part of the Trust’’s ongoing initiative to improve the physical habitat of the river’s catchment.

This co-operation has already achieved, in the last few months, barrier clearance and easement to improve fish migration as well as invasive plant control. Further works are planned in the coming months including more obstacle easements, invasive plant control and tree planting.

River Don Trust Biologist Jamie Urquhart said: “This relationship is of great benefit to all involved. The volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills whilst undertaking some moderate exercise and seeing immediate practical improvements as a result of their efforts...” We would welcome hearing from anyone who would also like to assist with important works aimed at restoring habitat and improving future fish numbers.”

Gary Sutherland, Dive Technician at Bibby Offshore, added: “I found the day a great experience and look forward to participating in further events later in the year.”