RiverLife: Almond & Avon

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Events

There’s always some sewage

There’s always some sewage

I knew from my training that pollution from sewage works happens, mainly as a result of our combined sewer systems in Scotland, where all water, whether from a toilet, a road drain or the garage roof, heads to the wastewater treatment works. When you think about the...

First Explorer walk along the Almond

First Explorer walk along the Almond

The Kirkton fish pass is a dramatic site. A glassy, sheet of amber water which tumbles into a frothing, bubbling mass of water. Cut into the weir is the larinier fish pass, a piece of engineering which will allow trout and salmon to migrate and travel upstream, plus...

Exploring the Upper Almond

Exploring the Upper Almond

The last half a year has seen the RiverLife team start to move upstream of the river Almond, this was really due to finding a willing and eager audience for events in Whitburn and with the particularly enthusiastic Fraser, who runs Pottishaw Fishery, spurring us on....

Summer on the Almond

Summer on the Almond

Most of my summers are spent organising things from Forth Rivers Trust HQ on the outskirts of Edinburgh, so I take advantage of opportunities that allow me to get outside and down to the river. We held a guided walk at the beginning of August, which due to a path...

Fundays in Polbeth & Polkemmet

Fundays in Polbeth & Polkemmet

The RiverLife team held a number of our Family Fun days along the rivers over the school holidays. Two highlights were the day spent at Polbeth, with over 100 people meeting some of the local fish and bugs, then heading off to Limefield falls to complete the sticker...

Craigsfarm volunteering

Craigsfarm volunteering

This month, at our regular volunteer meet up with volunteers from Craigsfarm, we ran an impromptu Freshwater Watch workshop for two volunteers.  Freshwater Watch is a global initiative that allows citizen scientists to monitor the water quality of their local burn,...

As part of this project we are keen to build up a picture of how people engage with their local river and what their perceptions are of it. To do this we have created a short, online survey which we hope you can spare a few minutes to complete.