Ellie Burn Restoration
cbec was contracted to develop restoration measures for the wetland around Ellie Burn, Aberdeenshire, with the ultimate aim of assisting in the improvement of the current ‘moderate’ ecological status (as per the EU Water Framework Directive classification scheme) of the larger Burn of Savoch water body (the main flow input to the Loch of Stathbeg nature reserve).
Phase One of the project produced a hierarchy of restoration options, from which a preferred suite of measures for improving the condition of the channel, wetland and associated riparian area were selected and indicative designs produced. Phase Two included the development and delivery of the final restoration designs. Specific project components included topographic surveying of the site, 2D hydrodynamic modelling, ground investigations and botanical surveys. We liaised with the project steering group and other local stakeholders to encourage buy-in to the project and address existing concerns. Construction was completed in March 2014.