River Nairn - 2019 UK River Prize Runner-Up
McGowan Ltd were delighted to be part of the Aberarder Estate nomination and we are extremely proud to finish as runners-up in the 2019 UK River Prize.
Aberarder Estate dates back to 1549 and covers nearly 5,000ha of Upper Strathnairn in the Highlands of Scotland. Over the years, 4km of the River Nairn had been very heavily modified to protect properties and agricultural ground. Following a process-based and assisted recovery approach, the implemented restoration works have reinstated natural physical and ecological processes. Channel realignment, improved floodplain connectivity, wetland reinstatement and large wood implementation have kick-started recovery towards the reference state of a wandering upland gravel-bed river. Extensive riparian tree planting will provide direct habitat benefit and also ensure the natural supply of large wood to the channel in the future. Within two weeks, sea trout were utilising typical spawning locations, with Atlantic salmon following a few weeks later.
Please click here to view short video highlighting who and what was involved!