Tortoise and the Hare (Almond Style) Part 2

Tortoise and the Hare (Almond Style) Part 2

If you have read Part 1 you will have realised that the tortoise wasn’t actually a tortoise, it was a terrapin, some might even argue a turtle, but hey I’m no expert! On the day between the stakeout and the capture of the terrapin we were out on an INNS patrol...
Tortoise and the Hare (Almond Style) Part 2

Tortoise and the Hare (Almond Style) Part 1

Working with the Forth Rivers Trust most days / weeks throw-up new challenges, last week was no exception. Following reports of terrapin/s being spotted in the river Almond and subsequently an excellent photograph that tied in a location we decided to go on a hunt....
The elusive Bogburn lagoon Great Crested Newt

The elusive Bogburn lagoon Great Crested Newt

Earlier this year, an Environmental DNA sample – from one of the flood lagoons by the Bogburn in Bathgate- signalled the presence of the European protected Great Crested Newt (GCN).  I will not pretend to understand the intricacies of Environmental DNA sampling,...
Spring Green

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...
Beasties in and along our rivers

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...
What’s lurking in your river?

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...