Esk Rivers & Fisheries Trust

The Esk Rivers Trust works to ensure the survival of all fish species and aquatic habitats in our rivers and lochs. In recent years, the trust has focused on habitat improvement projects, and is an active member of the River South Esk Catchment Partnership.  The Esk Rivers catchment includes the River North Esk and River South Esk, both of these rivers flow from the Cairngorm massif, down through Angus, and both enter the sea near Montrose. The River Bervie is a short but productive river in South Aberdeenshire, while the River Lunan is south of Montrose and flows into the sea at Lunan Bay.

Much work has been done on controlling invasive species by the River South Esk Catchment partnership, species of concern for the work were American Mink, Giant hogweed, Grey squirrel, Signal crayfish, Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed. 

The Esk Rivers are now working with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative to control American mink, and the key problem plant species in the catchment; Giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed.


SISI Project Officer
Mark Purmann Charles, [email protected], 07741 639556,


Esk Rivers & Fisheries Trust
Craig MacIntyre, [email protected]. 07796 715570