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Cleaning up Harwood Water with WLLP

Cleaning up Harwood Water with WLLP

The RiverLife small grants scheme has been used for all kinds of projects across the communities we are a part of. Recently we've been working with the West Lothian Litter Pickers to help them get some new equipment, and advise them on how to safely use it.  The West...

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Welcoming Back our Fish

Welcoming Back our Fish

We're super excited to launch our new community art project called Welcoming Back our Fish.   We had hoped to run our RiverRubbish citizen science and community volunteering project in the Bathgate area but have struggled to plan things due to the strange and...

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Getting Out and About

Getting Out and About

This month I’ve been able to leave the wee home office behind here and there, as the staff have been resuming a few of our outdoor activities. So I thought I’d share some pictures of what we’ve been up to in the last few weeks. I’ve been out several times assisting...

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Looking for Eels at Fair-a-Far Weir

Looking for Eels at Fair-a-Far Weir

I’ve been spending a lot of time working in the home office recently, as many of our normal outdoor activities are on hold. So, I was very glad to be able to go out this week and meet with my colleague Scot on the Almond in Cramond to check an eel trap at Fair-a-Far...

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The Blue Gym

The Blue Gym

Have you heard of Green Gym? I’m sure you have, maybe you don’t know what it refers to, but you’ve likely heard of it -this is because it is well documented – and even prescribed - as a way to improve our lives. It gets people outdoors doing exercises and...

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Nature Photography and Mental Health

Nature Photography and Mental Health

We’ve been taking submissions for our Resilient Rivers Photography Exhibition throughout May, and seeing as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week I thought I’d take a look at some of the benefits photography (and nature photography in particular) can bring to people’s...

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Lockdown on the Lyne

Lockdown on the Lyne

Lockdown has been a period filled with highs and lows.  For many of us it has brought uncertainty, change and interruption to our comfortable and comforting routines.  Interestingly for our project, lockdown has also corresponded with the end of the RiverLife...

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Resilient Rivers Photography Competition

Resilient Rivers Photography Competition

Diana Toncheva   The RiverLife team, like almost everyone else, have recently gone through some changes to the way that we are working. Social distancing has meant that the usual myriad of public events, school programmes and volunteer activities that we would...

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Revisiting Home Water

Revisiting Home Water

I guess like everyone else this lockdown, working from home, self-isolating pandemic that we currently find ourselves operating under has left a bit more time for reflection and reminiscing. For the first 5 years of my life I lived within 30 foot (old measure) of the...

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Considerate forager thoughts

Considerate forager thoughts

Where I live on the river Esk system (where I’m confined to during the 2020 Covid-19 lock-down) then I have been taking my daily exercise along the local rivers. Sometimes walking along the river, as the water is so low now, much to the surprise of some of the cows in...

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Tatty bye

Tatty bye

It's difficult to summarise three years at the Forth Rivers Trust in a single blog post, especially when it's the Friday afternoon of your last week and the lure of a cold, frothy pint of ale at the neighbouring pub is unusually persistent. So, I have compiled a wee...

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Tidy your Burn on Burns day – Armadale

Tidy your Burn on Burns day – Armadale

I was privileged to be involved at the beginning of a new community drive to tidy up their local area. The main motivator on the scene in Armadale was a very inspiring local lad by the name of Finlay. He was compelled to start the group from his experiences litter...

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What’s in the local burn?

What’s in the local burn?

The project has been mooching about some of the Almond's wee burns of late.  Burn's day (25th Jan) fell on a Saturday this year and so we thought it was the ideal opportunity to pay homage to some lesser loved burns. Two of our young community leader, Aimee-leigh and...

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LCB fish pass installation

LCB fish pass installation

The concrete bridge apron under the A71 on the Harwood water, Polbeth, was highlighted as a barrier to fish migration after looking into mitigating the larger barrier about 500m upstream – Limefield falls.   A low-cost baffle (LCB) fish pass was deemed the best option...

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Remembering ‘Our’ Falls

Remembering ‘Our’ Falls

This striking wintery image of the frozen Limefield Falls was one of three photos kindly sent to us (artists Minty Donald and Nick Millar) by Alex Kinsman, one of the people taking part in a reminiscence workshop at Polbeth Harwood Parish Church. Fuelled by some tasty...

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Volunteering Highlights

Volunteering Highlights

We have had a lot of volunteering activity over 2019 both in RiverLife and in the Trust, with some great achievements made by everyone involved. Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of the work of the Trust and the RiverLife project. Without the aid of all...

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Rivers are Dynamic

Rivers are Dynamic

Minds can be moulded at any age, and we try to show this by dusting off the river table and honing our teaching skills for high school students with Dynamic Rivers! We have been working with St Margaret’s High School in Livingston to show the higher geography classes...

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West Lothian Ageing Well Walkers

West Lothian Ageing Well Walkers

I have been fortunate enough to join up with the West Lothian Ageing Well Walking Group – Craigshill branch. I was warmly welcomed by the group on a previous walk at Howden where I talked about the rock ramp we created there. I decided I could crash another of their...

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Cyanotypes – Painting with Light

Cyanotypes – Painting with Light

The new interpretative artworks which will be installed at the three new fish pass sites along the Almond are beginning to take shape. Artists Annie Lord and Morvern Odling began the second stage of their collaborative works with local community members, continuing...

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Final explorer walk – River Almond

Final explorer walk – River Almond

The sun shone down on us for the last in our series of Explorer Walks. Artists Morvern Odling and Annie Lord led the group through a series of creative exercises. The autumnal hues in the landscape provided a rich source of inspiration and reminded us that the whole...

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Volunteer Electrofishing

Volunteer Electrofishing

Volunteer My Electrofishing Experience by Elspeth Smith  I was able to get into the electrofishing course through the Trust which was certified by the Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre (SFCC).  This was a two-day course which the first day was on theory where I...

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