RIVERWOODS: AN UNTOLD STORY
Most people think of Scotland as a land of beauty and drama, but there’s a secret hidden within its majestic hills and glens.
Riverwoods is a crucial and timely landmark documentary that shines a light on the perilous state of Scotland’s Atlantic Salmon, the King of Fish. This magnificent creature so symbolic of pristine, cascading rivers, is threatened like never before. Its plight mirrors the bare, depleted landscapes through which many of Scotland’s once life-rich rivers flow. Against the backdrop of a climate emergency, water temperatures are rising, and the salmon are crying out for the trees and complex vegetation communities that once shaded and fed them.
FISH IN THE FOREST
There are salmon in the forest. Not only in the rivers but also in the trees. And in the soil that spawns the trees. And in the predators, scavengers and even herbivores that live amongst the trees. The King of Fish is not only the ultimate angler’s prize, but a key building block in a vibrant forest ecosystem and all it supports.
But in return, salmon need the support of a rich and diverse landscape that stretches far beyond the banks of the river. Over many centuries the loss of Scotland’s natural woodlands and much of the wildlife that shaped them, has profoundly changed its rivers and their ability to support the huge salmon runs that once flourished.
The salmon needs the forest. And the forest needs the salmon. And Scotland needs them both.
REWRITING THE STORY
We’ve brought together a group of expert scientists with a top-class team of filmmakers to tell a compelling story that reveals the inextricable relationship between salmon and trees and countless living organisms that create the dynamic natural processes on which Scotland’s rivers depend. Crucially, we tell the story of how that fractured connection is gradually being repaired through the foresight and positive actions of many different people.
The health of our rivers and the life within them, is directly dependent on the landscapes through which they flow.
Riverwoods: The film
Part of a wider multimedia campaign to present a vision for river catchment restoration across Scotland, the Riverwoods film is a spectacular visual journey, showing how the life-rich rivers of Scotland have been greatly diminished, and how they could be reborn. The return of ospreys, sea eagles and beavers are symbolic of fresh thinking and offer a glimpse into what else might be possible. Now more than ever, Scotland’s salmon and the rivers they depend upon need fresh thinking.
Riverwoods: The music
In partnership with Salt House, one of Scotland’s most exciting folk bands, the Riverwoods film will be accompanied by a unique collection of songs portraying a landscape in urgent need of recovery. The tracks will be performed live alongside film screenings, as well as being available on CD.