WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
Our work to promote sustainable management of river resources, conservation and education covers three different rivers and their wider catchment areas; the Findhorn, the Nairn and the Lossie. The Trust works closely with the Salmon Fishery Boards in their regulatory role, alongside the wider work of the Trust as a conservation organisation, to fulfil our charitable purposes.
We also work alongside funders, supporters and volunteers to protect and advocate for the river environment by taking a holistic approach as outlined in our 2021-26 Management Plan.
Over the course of the last two centuries the removal of natural forests, overgrazing and changing land use has significantly degraded the river ecosystems. Moreover, we now face a climate crisis which is causing increasing global temperatures and dramatically changing weather patterns. These factors combine to present a very serious threat to wildlife in the catchment of our rivers, particularly to Salmon.
We currently have several projects underway and more in planning to help us address the issues facing our rivers and the wildlife that depends on them.
Learn more about the Findhorn, Lossie and Nairn Rivers…
The River Nairn rises in Strathnairn in the Scottish Highlands, and flows over 36 miles south and east of Inverness through mountains, moorland and farmland to Nairn where it enters the Moray Firth.
The River Findhorn is one of the longest rivers in Scotland. It rises in the Monadhliath Mountains and flows to the Moray Firth on the north east coast at Findhorn Bay, where it has one of the largest non-firth estuaries in Scotland.
The river is 62 miles long and has a catchment area is 1,300 square kilometres.
The River Lossie originates in the hills above Dallas, in Moray, and has its source 400 metres above sea-level. It is 32 miles long and enters the sea at Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth.
The Trust provides management and administrative support to the Findhorn and Lossie District Salmon Fishery Boards which are independent organisations from the Trust. Find more information here.
The Nairn District Salmon Fishery Board is a statutory body, made up of elected River Nairn proprietors, their mandatories and co-opted representatives.
The River Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board (FDSFB) is a statutory body with responsibility for protecting and enhancing stocks of salmon and sea trout on the Findhorn and its tributaries.
Management of salmon and sea trout within the River Lossie is the responsibility of the Lossie District Salmon Fishery Board (LDSFB). It is empowered under Government legislation to take such acts as considered expedient for the protection, enhancement and conservation of Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks and fisheries.
The Trust leads on a number of exciting projects in the Findhorn, Nairn, and Lossie catchment areas, including the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative and the Findhorn Watershed Initiative. Find out more on our Projects pages.
Fostering a coordinated approach to ecological restoration at a landscape-scale, from the Monadhliath mountains to the Moray Firth.
The Trust are equipped to conduct riparian habitat surveys, SNIFFER barrier assessment and other techniques.
Electrofishing surveys of juvenile fish are carried out throughout the three rivers regularly to monitor fish numbers.
Counting the number of smolts leaving the river is one of the best ways to monitor the health of the salmon and sea trout populations.
We are delighted to be a partner in the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI).
Education is a key aim of the Trust. Numerous groups and individuals affect the health of the rivers and native fish.
Predators are one among several factors that threaten populations of salmon and sea trout.
The District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) review planning applications for development, and work closely with the Trust’s Scientific Advisor.
The Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust actively supports education projects at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Visit our blog to find out the latest news about our activities on the rivers
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Use this map to explore our catchment areas.
As a place-based conservation organisation responsible for three river catchment areas, the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Rivers Trust has interactions with a whole range of different stakeholders.
The Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Rivers Trust is at the forefront of the conservation effort to preserve and restore our river ecosystems through a variety of activities and projects. Keep up to date with the latest news, explore our downloadable resources and find out how you can help!
Whether it is Giant Hogweed season or salmon spawning season, the Trust is always a hive of activity with staff and volunteers working tirelessly. See what we have been up to recently.
There are many ways you can get involved in the work of the Trust to help us safeguard our river catchments. The health of the rivers and the flora and fauna that make the river catchment their home depends on all of us to do our bit towards conserving the natural world.