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Dee Catchment Facts & Figures

The River Dee Catchment

The River Dee and its tributaries drain a catchment of 2,100 km². The River has a number of major tributaries including the Lui, Clunie, Gairn, Muick, Tanar, and Feugh. The majority of these enter the river relatively high in the catchment.

The sub-catchments of the River Dee that the 3 Dee Vision Project focuses on are found further downstream where the Cairngorm Mountains, dominated by moorland and forestry, give way to rolling agricultural lowlands. Click here to see a land use map of the Dee catchment.

To find out more about the sub-catchments where the 3 Dee Vision project is carrying out work, follow the links below.

Approximately 55% (1,160 km²) of the catchment of the Dee lies within the Cairngorms National Park. The majority of the remaining area (40% or 860 km²) is within the Aberdeenshire Council boundary, with a small area (5% or 80 km²) being in the Aberdeen City Council boundary.

The total population of the Dee catchment is 152,300 with 113,700 living in Aberdeen. (The total population of Aberdeen is over 200,000 but with about 45% living within the catchment area of the River Don.)

For other information relating to the Dee Catchment follow the links below: