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The Ythan Project

The Ythan Project was based around the catchment of the river Ythan in Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland.

The Ythan Estuary at
Waterside Bridge Newburgh

The project was funded by the European Commission’s Life Environment fund and aimed to involve local people in protecting, restoring and enhancing the river Ythan. The project ran from August 2001 until February 2005 and was managed by a partnership of organisations which included:

Aberdeenshire Council
Forestry Commission Scotland
Formartine Partnership
Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
River Restoration Centre
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Natural Heritage
Ythan District Fishery Board

(Further information on these organisations and their contributions to the project can be found by going to the Partners page)

The Ythan at Ellon

At the end of the project, we reported back to the European Commission on what we had achieved in the project and further details on the various evaluation reports and papers produced as part of the project can be found on both the Publications and the Final report pages of this website.

The rest of this website contains information on the activities and events that took place as part of the project. If you'd like to know more about the work of the project, you can contact Aberdeenshire Council by clicking here

The Ythan Project was selected by the European Commission as one of the 25 best projects in Europe during 2005, a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the project volunteers, staff and partners. Further information on the European Life programme can be found by clicking on the Life logo.

The project’s logo was designed by a pupil at Newburgh Mathers Primary School, located by the Ythan Estuary.



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