Our Work

The Tweed Foundation works throughout the Tweed and Eye catchments, using a variety of monitoring methods to provide objective, scientific information on the rivers, the environment, the fish and their fisheries.  With this information we can advise on the best management practices for the river.

Fisheries Management Plan

Current Initiatives

Regular Monitoring

Shows & Events

Current Initiatives

Temperature Monitoring

We are part of the Scottish River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN), a national project run by Marine Science Scotland to monitor the water temperatures in rivers throughout Scotland.

Salmon Exploitation Rates

By floy tagging adult Salmon upon their return to the Tweed, we can monitor the proportion of running fish that are caught by anglers and how often they are caught.

Trout + Grayling

The Tweed Trout + Grayling Initiative (TTGI) is a flagship programme driving the self sustained management of the Tweed's Trout and Grayling fisheries.

Return Rates of Salmon

There are question marks over how many of the Salmon leaving our rivers are returning as adults to spawn. To try and answer these questions, the Tweed Foundation are using Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to monitor the return rates of Salmon to the Gala Water.

Smolt Tracking Studies

2021 is the third year of our Smolt Tracking Study monitoring the in river survival of smolts.  By tagging a sample of smolts leaving the Gala Water with tiny tracking tags, we can monitor how many survive their journey out to sea and where most smolt losses occur in the river.

Regular Monitoring

Scale Reading

By "reading" the growth rings on fish scales (much like on trees), we can learn about the life histories of individual fish.

Catch Records

With catch records going back to the 19th century, we can monitor the long term trends in the Tweed's Salmon populations.

Gala Smolt Trap

We run the Gala Smolt Trap each year to get an estimate of the total smolt production from the Gala Water.

Fish Counters

We run three fish counters throughout the catchment, one on each of the Ettrick, Gala and Whiteadder.  This enables us to monitor the numbers of running fish returning to each tributary to spawn.

Electro Fishing

Every year we carry out an extensive electro-fishing monitoring programme to monitor the numbers of juvenile Salmon and Trout throughout the Tweed catchment.

Shows & Events

Each year, the Tweed Foundation takes part in a number of different shows and events run throughout the Tweed district.  Doing so is a great opportunity for us to share with you all some of the work that we are doing and get you up close to some of the organisms living in our rivers.

Some of the shows and events we have taken part in include:

Border Union Show
Border Union Kids Day
Glendale Show
Bang Goes the Borders
The Hirsel Estate Countryside Day

The Tweed Foundation work with the River Tweed Commission to organise the opening of the Salmon Season Event in Kelso on 1st February. 

Check our latest news page to discover if we are attending any shows or events near to you.

Team Tweed