The Spey is one of Scotland’s finest rivers, famous world-side for its outstanding landscapes, wildlife, fishing, and of course whisky. Find out more about the river and its catchment, and how, through partnership working, the Spey Catchment Initiative is making it even better for people and nature.

About us

The Spey Catchment Initiative is led by a partnership of public and private organisations, all committed to looking after and improving all aspects of the catchment.

What we do

SCI prides itself on a growing track record of ‘filling the gaps’, achieving things that are beyond the reach of any one partner alone.


Here you can find a list of both current and previous projects that the Spey Catchment Initiative has involvement in.

Get involved

Find out more about the opportunities to get to know the River Spey better and do your bit to help protect and improve it.

Catchment Management

Catchment Management is a tried and tested mechanism for facilitating a cohesive, inclusive approach to stewardship of the River.

About the River Spey

The Spey is a very special river for nature and people - well worth protecting through careful management.

Latest news

Keep up to date with what’s happening in the catchment and beyond.

Nature fund awards £80,000 to improve the Upper Spey for salmon and more.

Penny Lawson - July 22, 2022 We’ve recently received the good news that we’ve been awarded just over £80,000 from NatureScot’s Nature Restoration Fund to deliver our latest habitat...

Major restoration works underway on the River Calder

Penny Lawson - November 19, 2020 The Calder is a large upland tributary of the Spey running through beautiful Glen Banchor above the village of Newtonmore. Recent concerns that,...

Allt Lorgy restoration project wins National Prize

Penny Lawson - September 10, 2020 Some of you will be familiar with the Allt Lorgy project, one of SCI’s early projects delivered in 2012 which aimed to restore...

Taking things at tree speed

Alongside many folk, like it or not, we at SCI are having to put a few plans on hold for a while until the Coronavirus crisis is under control....