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River Dee Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Meeting

Farmers and land mangers in the North East are invited to a free event (Tuesday 17th February) to discuss the introduction of the revised Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and the funding that is available to support manure storage as well as pollution prevention. The meeting is being hosted by the Dee Catchment Partnership who aim to ensure that land management practices in the River Dee Catchment area do not have a negative impact on the quality of the water in the River Dee and is part of a wider programme of information events by the Scottish Agricultural College.

The speakers at the event to be held at the Douglas Arms Hotel, Banchory are Alex Sinclair, Senior Consultant from the Scottish Agricultural College and John Reid, Senior Agricultural Officer from the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate. Representatives from the Dee Catchement Partnership will also be available to provide further information on the Dee Catchment Management Plan. The meeting runs between 7pm and 9.30pm.

“Agriculture is one of the major land uses in the Dee catchment and has the potential to affect water quality in the River Dee as well as tributary streams. Farmers in areas of the catchment designated as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone must comply with regulations regarding nutrient additions to soils and this meeting aims to explain changes to this regulation and what it means for them,” explains Dr Susan Cooksley, Dee Catchment Officer.

For more information on the event or the Dee Catchment Partnership, please contact Dr Cooksley on 01224 395141.


For further information contact:

Clare Neely
The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
AB15 8QH
Tel: 01224 395087
Fax: 01224 395010

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