This has been achieved with riparian zone fencing to create land strips along the streams. These stop livestock from getting into the burns and create buffer zones to reduce the runoff of fertilisers and sprays into watercourses.
Most of the riparian zones have been planted with trees and some are used as part of the footpath network on the estate. We have been working closely with the Macaulay Institute (now the James Hutton Institute) which has carried out research to identify the longer term benefits of riparian zones for wildlife habitat.
The Trust has also established a bird hide that overlooks a wetland area linked to the Tarland waste water treatment plant and we encourage our farm tenants to undertake environmental improvements under EU and Scottish Government grant schemes.
We have worked proactively with the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) and the Tarland Development Group (TDG) to create five circular walks in the area. Most of the walks are on Trust land but we worked with COAT to ensure that the owners of neighbouring land were supportive and became involved in creating the footpaths. A walks booklet can be purchased at the shops in the village of Tarland for a modest cost.