Welcome and thank you for visiting the Your Catchment Tarland website.
The James Hutton Institute (formerly the Macaulay Institute) has worked for a decade with the MacRobert Estate, local people, planning groups and land managers to improve the quality and the wildlife habitat of the Tarland Burn and it’s tributaries. This has been achieved with lots of co-operation and hard work. These efforts have now been more fully recognised with the selection of the Tarland catchment as the Scottish study site within the new national Environmental Virtual Observatory research programme funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Similar work is taking place in communities in Cumbria, and in west Wales. This website has been created as part of the environmental virtual observatory project.
We hope that the community can and will share their knowledge of the catchment through this website and also that it will be an effective way of updating people of our collective progress and achievements. We would like to capture observations and information from local residents and land managers of any changes they see in the water environment. We are also going to involve the community more widely in generating, communicating and using information about the Tarland catchment that may help in managing events such as flooding and pollution.