Communities

C1 - Flood Resilience

Objective:

Increase community resilience to flooding and severe weather events.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Improvements at Aviemore caravan park pumping station to reduce flooding issue.
  • SEPA have improved flood alert system and flow monitoring.
  • SCI liaison with Aviemore community via Scottish Flood Forum local group.
C2 - Access and Recreation

Objective:

Promote responsible access along the catchment with a focus on maintaining and improving the experience and encouraging inactive people to become more active.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Active travel now widely supported and promoted, eg Speyside Way upgrade, Places for Everyone project (Sustrans).
  • Speyside Way extended between Kincraig and Newtonmore.
  • MC encouraging the combination of green space play areas with drainage features for new large developments
  • SFB contribute to Spey Users Group alongside local authorities and Scottish Canoe Association, to facilitate and co-ordinate responsible access for all.
  • Health Walks run by LAs and CNPA utilise riverside paths.
  • NS supports access on farms via agri-environment funding, runs Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund which funds improvements in public facilities, and facilitates responsible access via campaigns, issue-specific guidance, and the National Access Forum.
  • Aviemore Spey Access Point project delivered by SCI 2019, providing improved facility for boat launching and public recreation.
C3 - Education and Training

Objective:

Increase knowledge and understanding of the natural river environment, building local skills and increasing volunteer participation.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • RSPB engaged Kingussie High School as part of Peesie Project.
  • Salmon Go To School programme in 3 primary schools each year run by SFB.
  • Staff of many partners undertake CPD and also contribute to events and training at a national level, eg River Restoration Centre Conference, Freshwater Biological Assn training, Riverwoods.
  • Scottish Invasive Species Initiative has substantial volunteer task force.
  • On-going volunteer programmes offered by SFB, SCI and other partners.
  • Installation of interpretation boards at SCI project sites at Aviemore and Glenbanchor.
  • CNPA rangers and volunteer involvement including school and corporate groups.
C4 - Cultural Connections

Objective:

Record and celebrate the natural and cultural significance of the River Spey to the communities of the catchment.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Moray Council have installed new info boards on Speyside way section -Carron to Cragganmore.
  • SCI and SFB contributed to Badenoch Storylands Festival 2022.
  • New display on the historical timber floating industry at Nethy Bridge Visitor Centre.
C5 - Renewable Energy

Objective:

Promote opportunities for communities to develop and benefit from renewable power generation.

Significant achievements against objective (2017 - 2022):

  • Some interest from communities in Tomintoul and Knockando.