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Bervie Water
The River Bervie is a medium energy river. Its upper reaches are in the foothills of the Cairngorms in glacial valley floors and its middle and lower reaches are in the coastal plain. The Bervie is 30km long, has a catchment area of 135 km2 and a mean annual discharge of 2.301m3s-1. It has no major tributaries. The main settlement is Inverbervie and it has a catchment population of 3,235. Land use is dominated by agriculture with areas of forestry in the upper catchment. bervie02 300

Quality

The water quality in the upper reaches is generally good but there are records of ammonium failures at the Inverbervie gauging station probably due to a combination of outflows form septic tanks and agricultural pollution.

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Environment 

The Bervie has no SSSIs in the catchment. It is likely to support BAP habitats of neutral grassland, purple moor grass and rush pastures, and wet woodland.

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Habitat

The sensitive habitat lush bank vegetation is also likely to be present. Protected species known to be present in the catchment are otter, bats, heron, mallard, coot, moorhen, common toad and common frog. Likely BAP/LBAP species are river shingle beetles, wych elm and aspen hoverfly. SNH holds macrophyte data and AC/NESBReC hold data from 35 RHS sites.

 

Biosecurity Issues

The main INNS is Japanese Knotweed which is estblished in the lower 20 km of the river. It is particularly dense in places and restricts access for anglers.

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