Protecting the wildlife of the River Almond and the River Avon
RiverLife: Almond & Avon is an ambitious programme of works undertaking a range of catchment wide improvements along the rivers Almond and Avon. By engaging with communities and restoring the natural heritage of the Almond and Avon, the project will reconnect wildlife and communities with their local rivers.
The River Almond and River Avon form a part of the Forth Sub Basin, flowing into the Firth of Forth. They have been heavily impacted by the area’s industrial past; shale mining caused toxins & heavy metals to leach into the surrounding land and water sources, in the nineteenth century an increase in milling meant rivers were slowed and blocked to provide power to the huge water wheels, and more recently significant urbanisation and intensive agricultural practices have caused lasting damage to the river environment.
Working with SEPA, along side Falkirk, West Lothian & City of Edinburgh Councils, the Trust has identified a number of projects within the two catchments which will re-connect parts of the natural water environment with the adjacent local communities.
The programme has been developed to deliver the above projects within the two catchments, ensuring community involvement in all six projects.
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