Integrated study

A detailed study was conducted by the Institute for Hydrology, bringing together expert river hydrologists, engineers, geomorphologists and ecologists. They looked at existing information on all aspects of the river and realised that there were significant gaps in our knowledge, in particular the complex ecology of the Feshie braided stream system.

The flood reduction schemes were likely to have lowered the water levels in Loch Insh and the Insh Marshes during drier periods and could result in reduction of habitats for a variety of plants and animals. Channelling of the Feshie could reduce the amount of flooding of adjacent woodland and affect the maintenance of open shingle , again leading to a loss of habitat diversity.