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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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Kirkton weir fish pass is almost complete

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4th West Lothian Scouts intro to angling

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] RiverLife teamed up with Linlithgow Angling Club (LAC) and Scottish Angler's National Association (SANA) this month to give 20 scouts from Linlithgow an introduction to...

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Kirkton weir fish pass update

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] The precast units of the fish pass, that is being constructed at Kirkton weir, were put in place on Saturday.  After a pool was built at the downstream end of the pass...

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Fair-a-far weir fish pass destruction

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] It's the end of an era at Fair-a-far weir in Cramond as the old fish pass is broken down to make way for the new and improved structure. Originally built in 1790 to...

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Kirkton weir fish rescue #2

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] The River Forth Fisheries Trust were at Kirkton weir yesterday completing the second planned fish rescue in the partially dewatered area downstream of the weir....

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Fish rescue at Kirkton weir

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] It was a busy time yesterday as a temporary dam was built and the water pumped out of an area behind Kirkton weir to create a dry working area where the fish pass will be...

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Volunteering at Killandean

Volunteer activities have started at Killandean Greenway with volunteers helping out the RiverLife team with some fairly strenuous jobs! The site has a number of picnic tables and benches made from railway sleepers. Unfortunately some of these were rotten and had seen...

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Work gets under way at Kirkton weir

Kirkton weir, a major barrier to fish migration on the River Almond, will be getting a new fish pass over the next few weeks.  A larinier fish pass will help trout and salmon, while a separate eel and lamprey pass will help the less jumpy of our fishy friends to pass...

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Canal Fun Day, Linlithgow

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] The team were at the Canal Fun Day in Linlithgow this weekend promoting healthy rivers and the work which will be benefiting the local River Avon. Once a very healthy...

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First steps at Fair-a-far, Cramond

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom="no" pb_border_bottom="no" width="1/1" el_position="first last"] The first steps have been taken to replace the fish pass at Fair-a-far weir in Cramond. With the contractor (Green Cat) mobilising on Monday 7th August, they were keen to...

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Works complete at Kirkton weir

The fish pass at Kirton weir is officially open Work to improve fish passage at Kirkton weir by installing a new larinier fish pass is complete. the new fish pass was officially opened on 9th January. For more information visit the Kirkton weir Project page.

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