Credit: Dee Catchment Partnership

A project involving the restoration of a tributary of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire has been rewarded at the Nature of Scotland Awards.

The Easter Beltie Restoration was led by the River Dee Catchment Partnership in collaboration with the River Dee Trust.

The project was awarded with the Nature and Climate Action Award for its work in returning two kilometres of straightened stream into a more natural meandering water course, benefitting local wildlife.

Chair of the River Dee Trust, Sandy Bremner said: “(It was) Brilliant teamwork, turning an unproductive stretch of the Beltie Burn into wonderful wetland, where salmon have spawned for the first time in living memory and other wildlife is thriving.”