Funding boost for rare reedbed wildlife

Kirsty Nutt

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Male bearded tit feeding on reed head

Contribution from SUEZ Communities Trust will support bearded tits, water rails, marsh harriers and more

RSPB Scotland is today celebrating a £7,716.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for the RSPB Scotland’s Tay Reedbeds – Habitat Restoration project.

The project will work to restore habitat across the newly expanded area of the Tay Reedbeds that are managed by RSPB Scotland to benefit a range of wildlife including water rails, marsh harriers, reed buntings and one of the UK’s largest populations of bearded tits.

The funding will support cutting the reedbeds on rotation and rolling areas to create variation in reed age and structure that helps these species as well as supporting a long tradition of reed cutting in the area.

Vicky Turnbull, RSPB Scotland’s warden who is looking after the Tay Reedbeds restoration project, said: “We are really grateful to SUEZ for funding for this management work. The Tay reedbeds are an incredibly important home for wildlife including bearded tits and we’re excited to be able to deliver more for these reedbed species.”

Marek Gordon, Chairman of SUEZ Communities Trust added “SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding awards through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – an important source of funding which came into effect in April 2015. The scheme is linked to the Scottish Landfill Tax and encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to approved bodies, who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects. We were delighted to be able to offer funding to RSPB Scotland.”

The Tay Reedbeds stretch nearly 12 miles between Dundee and Perth on north of the River Tay. The reedbed covers 410ha and was initially created in the late 18th century to prevent tidal action eroding the north riverbank. The area is a vast refuge for wildlife including the bearded tit. Reed has been cut for thatch on and off ever since, with commercial thatch operations ceasing in 2005. RSPB Scotland has been involved in the site since then, to help manage the area for a range of specialist reedbed wildlife. Working with land owners, the wildlife charity carries out reed cutting to create a mosaic of habitats, ensuring different ages of reed are provided to suit the needs of a range of species throughout the seasons.

The reedbeds are best viewed from the path along the north bank of the river. People should park in Errol and follow the signposted Taybank Circular path which runs from the village towards the river and along the edge of the reedbed. There is no access into the reedbeds.


For media enquiries about SUEZ Communities Trust please contact our team on 01934 524013 or email
For media enquiries about RSPB Scotland’s work at the Tay Reedbeds, please contact Kirsty Nutt on 01224 627869 or 07711 385595 or email

Tagged with: Country: Scotland Topic: Birds Topic: Conservation Topic: Reserves Topic: Wildlife Topic: Bearded tit Topic: Marsh harrier Topic: Water rail Topic: Birds and wildlife Topic: General Topic: Habitat conservation Topic: Site conservation