Scottish Water’s is investing £11.5 to improve the natural environment of the River Tweed.
Investment at seven waste water treatment works from Cardrona to Hawick in The Scottish Borders will improve the quality of the River Tweed, supporting the economic growth and development of the Borders economy.
The Tweed is known as the ‘Queen of Salmon Rivers’ and also supports several nesting pairs of Ospreys. These birds return each spring from their wintering grounds in West Africa to nest and raise their chicks from March to August in the Tweed Valley.
Friends of Kailzie Wildlife Project Officer Eddie Sharp said: “Key species such as Osprey, Otter, Kingfisher, Dipper and Dragonfly rely on ecologically-sound rivers and burns that support the fish and invertebrates that they feed on.
“Scottish Water’s investment to improve the quality of the River Tweed will contribute greatly to maintaining the presence of these key species. Friends of Kailzie Wildlife’s plans to create new freshwater habitats and provide an enhanced wildlife experience for visitors will help raise awareness of the importance of healthy watercourses.
“Both initiatives share the same aims of improving the environment, enhancing biodiversity and making the Tweed Valley a premier place for communities to live in and for tourists to visit.”
Bill Elliot, Scottish Water’s regional community manager for the Borders, said: “Across Scotland, we are listening to our customers and delivering the real benefits that they tell us they need. Our investment to improve the natural environment of the River Tweed is incredibly important not only for the local community and local wildlife, including ospreys, but also for the vital tourism economy of the area.
“Scottish Water is playing its part to support the economic growth and development of communities the length and breadth of Scotland.”
Many more people who visit the Scottish Borders are taking fishing holidays and want to see wildlife.