At Gella Bridge, the river feels very different from further downstream. The farmland it flows through is in a wide, open glen, bordered by hills covered in heather moorland. You can picnic right on the riverbank here, watching the play of the water as it tumbles over the rocks.
Wading birds like curlew love the open, wilder country and the meadows near the river, which sometimes flood.
One of our conservation projects has focussed on the Rottal Burn, just upstream from Gella Bridge. Work here has restored the meanders in the burn, reconnected the flood plain with the watercourse, and planted hundreds of native trees. This will help the burn support healthier populations of salmon and trout, as well as increasing its overall biodiversity.