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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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Aspen project launch

RiverLife have teamed up with Eadha Enterprises, a social enterprise focusing on rare native trees, to deliver an aspen project based in the Almond and Avon catchments.  Aspen supports more biodiversity than any other native tree and, while it is widespread across the...

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Volunteer Opportunities with RiverLife

By Lorna Oldershaw In addition to practical conservation volunteer days, we will also be continuing to control invasive species on the river banks and to survey invertebrates as part of the ARMI Riverfly Monitoring Scheme, both of which we need volunteers to help...

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Tree Planting at Killandean

By Lorna Oldershaw The final RiverLife volunteering days of 2017 were spent tree planting at Killandean. In total 400 trees were planted over 2 ½ days with the help of both volunteers and Trust staff. The purpose of this planting is to help stabilise the bank of the...

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Kirkton weir – a mapped history

Kirkton weir was constructed in the mid-19th century to provide water to Livingston Mill – now Almond Valley Heritage Centre. The structure diverted some of the water down a lade to the mill ponds. A series of sluices were then used to control the speed of a 4.9 metre...

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Fair-a-Far fish pass construction (update)

[fullwidth_text alt_background="none" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] The temporary dam above the works site at Fair-a-Far was washed away in a high water event a couple weeks ago.  This resulted in the flooding of the construction site.  However, the dam has...

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Volunteering at Killandean

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] Volunteers have been making a huge difference to paths and steps around the Killandean Greenway making access around the site easier for everyone. We have had 4 days out...

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