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River Crafts in the Upper Catchment

Annie Lord, works as an artist and has been getting involved with the project delivering a number of workshops and the piece at Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. Here's her thoughts on Sunday's workshop in Whitburn. As part of the RiverRubbish project I was...

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Litter Picking with Friends of Polkemmet

On Sunday 19th of May, Scot and Amelia teamed up with Friends of Polkemmet to deliver a litter pick event along the river Almond that runs through Polkemmet Country Park.  They were also happy to be joined by members of the West Lothian Litter pickers who kindly...

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Invertebrate monitoring on the river Almond

Hidden under the surface of our rivers is a microscopic world of beautiful and alien creatures.  Most of these animals are the larval form of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies who spend most of their lives feeding and growing under the water before hatching as...

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Spring Green

About this time every year thousands of tiny buds erupt all around us as we carry on with our daily lives.  On a particularly sunny morning we may even notice the stark brightness of green springing out from what seems like everywhere, making those mundane Monday and...

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Fresh water watchers

Citizen science into action. I was fortunate to be able to join a team of avid local river volunteers. We were all taking part in training how to monitor fresh water as part of the fresh water watch project. This is a global project generating data on the quality of...

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Foraging – walking, gathering, eating.

(The ante has certainly been upped!). A big thank you to Szymon, biologist, forager and educator in wild plants for his fantastic foraging guided walk. Not only did we get to walk in the lovely Almondell and Calderwood country park, we also got to learn to identify...

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Bathgate litter pick

With bin bags and litter pickers in hand, David and I met with 5 volunteers by Bathgate’s Bog burn yesterday.  We had a refreshing mix of volunteers – including enthusiastic members of the community, community council members, an angler and a local councillor. The...

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Craigshill Conservation Volunteers

You might have heard us mention a few times about our Craigshill volunteers. These guys are our group of a few dedicated volunteers who have signed on to the idea of regular monthly volunteering in their local area. This was formed through a partnership with...

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Beasties in and along our rivers

I marvel at how resilient nature is at times. This has recently been demonstrated a few times by some of the invertebrates on the river Almond system. Iain has been out and about on both the Almond and Avon recently doing the ecological surveying for the RiverLife...

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What’s lurking in your river?

As the environmental larger works happen in the mid and lower catchment of the Almond, we tend to spend more time around these parts and less up in the upper catchment. We’re trying to do things a bit different and have the second round of our RiverRubbish project up...

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Kyle’s guided walk along the Avon

Last weekend (24 March) Forth Rivers Trust’s Assistant led a guided walk at Muiravonside Country Park, where we met with around 10 participants at the car park where we started the walk. The first thing we talked about was the river Avon, its source at Fannyside Loch...

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Fish in the class (fish out of the class)

The FISH IN THE CLASS project ran over the last 8 weeks, 400+ pupils at 14 schools spread throughout the Forth River catchment have been hatching brown trout eggs and rearing the young fish to the fry stage. The successfully reared trout fry were now ready for release...

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West Lothian Litter Pickers grant

The West Lothian Litter Pickers have been awarded an 'Action on the Ground' grant which will help them continue with their excellent work.  They said: The West Lothian Litter Pickers will be delighted to have been successful in the Grant application.  We will be...

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Aspen root collection

On Sunday, the inconvenience of losing an hour to the changing clock was instantly balanced out by the warming of the bright spring sun.  The drive up the single track road in the heart of the Pentlands was reduced to a crawl as I dodged dogs, prams and anglers - all...

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Trees on the Almond

With the weather being so changeable we haven't managed to get our ducks out racing yet! We had our fingers and toes crossed for good weather but alas, the River Almond was too high to send the ducks out swimming. Instead, we had a bunch of trees to plant for the...

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RiverRubbish Artwork Unveiling

A few of the team popped along today to the wonderfully accommodating Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, who having shared their river pollution issues with us a while back, are now in receipt of Annie Lord's new artwork. Made up of a selection of a few of the...

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Our Falls: A new community project for Polbeth

We are Minty Donald and Nick Millar, two public artists based in Glasgow. We are excited to be starting work on a new project - ‘Our’ Falls - in Polbeth, West Lothian. The ‘Our’ Falls project hinges around Limefield Falls and the construction of a viewing platform and...

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Update: Fish in the Classroom

In mid January the P4 / 5 classes at each of the schools received a1 hour session learning about the life cycle of Brown trout and Salmon. The session also covered habitat requirements, predation, pollution and bio- diversity. There was no doubt that the students were...

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Upper Avon Enhancement project

Tree planting Two volunteers from Slamannan Angling and Protective Association and four from SNH planted 150 trees. Unpalatable and grazing resilient species (alder, downy birch, hawthorn and blackthorn) were planted without protection in an effort to reduce...

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Dynamic Rivers Day Out

The RiverLife River Table made an appearance at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers National Conference on the 27th of October. Amy and Jonathan went along to impart some Dynamic Rivers wisdom to the teachers (and let them have a shot on the River Table!)....

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