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Thrill of the Hill – Species in Hot Water

THRILL OF THE HILL | In a year two weather extremes the water environment has shot up the agenda for many, drought conditions put a lot of pressure on farmers and nature in the summer and heavy rains push many farmers and riverbanks to breaking point this autumn. While Scotland’s rivers generally end up at the sea, they start in the uplands and catchment management with appropriate sensitivity to watercourses and riparian habitats can have huge impacts downstream and across the landscape. With recent developments, it makes sense to bring back some former contributors for a broad discussion on the challenging circumstances some species find themselves and reasons to be optimistic.

In this episode we welcome back Struan Candlish, two years since the Ayrshire Rivers Trust were on the podcast. We discuss the plight of species like Atlantic salmon, get an update on the Wellwood Project and other nature restoration work in Ayrshire.

Hosted by Alexander Pirie, Edited by Malcom MacDonald, Produced by Beth Errington, Executive Producer Kerry Hammond, in association with The Scottish Government.

Related FAS Resources

Thrill of The Hill – Spawning Success | Information helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Protecting Atlantic Salmon | Helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Water Margins | Helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Other Resources

Ayrshire Rivers Trust | working to improve and preserve our rivers

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