River Ythan Trust

...protecting the River Ythan for all our futures

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The River Ythan Trust was established in 2010, viagra dosage but the river Ythan itself has a long history of research, monitoring and action to protect its wildlife.

The Ythan estuary is considered to be one of the most extensively studied ecosystems in the UK, mostly due to the location of the Aberdeen University Zoology field station on the shores of the estuary at Newburgh!

The Ythan river catchment was also the first large scale river catchment in Scotland to be designated as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone, which led to extensive monitoring of nutrient levels in both the river waters and the associated ground water.

In 1999, the Formartine Partnership, a local group, undertook a community consultation exercise to find out how local people would like to the see the river managed and improved.  As part of that exercise they produced a project plan, which included background data on the river catchment.

In 2000, the same group, in conjunction with other partner organisations, applied to the European Commission for funding to take forward the Ythan Project, which included a range of river restoration actions.  You can find out more about what the project involved by clicking here.

The Ythan Project finished in 2005 and since then, a group of volunteers have continued to take forward some river-related actions.  But some of the anglers on the Ythan noticed the river trusts springing up around the country and decided that setting up a Ythan River Trust would help them to further protect and improve the river.  The result was the establishment of the trust in 2010, which we hope will lead to the development of many more actions on and around the river.


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