RiverLife: Almond & Avon is made up of lots of different
projects. Click the pictures below to see
more about what’s going on in each area.
The RiverLife team have been helping to establish and progress an opportunity for a major restoration project in the heart of Bathgate. Based around the Bog and Boghead burns which flow alongside supermarkets, railways, SuDS ponds, flood lagoons, golfcourse and housing. The project creates the opportunity to restore this once industrial and farmed land, making it a better place for Bathgate’s people and wildife.
The RiverLife team are adding to the work done by SAPA and mitigating some of the pressures on this part of the river. Green bank protection and habitat improvement works are carried out as part of workshops which equip volunteers with the skills to continue this kind of work in the future.
Almond & Barriers
The weir was originally built in 1790 to provide a new water source for the iron works at Fair-a-Far mill. Despite the construction of a fish pass in 1970s, the weir remained a barrier to fish migration. Completion of a larinier fish pass will enable fish to successfully move upstream and downstream at the site and the weir will no longer serve as a barrier to fish migration.
Originally built in the mid-19th century, the weir provided water to Livingston Mill, now Almond Valley Heritage Centre, to process corn and wheat via a long lade which still exists to this day
Howden Bridge weir is situated in the centre of Livingston and once supplied water to a nearby saw mill, now the site of a new housing development. A very basic construction of concrete covering rock infill, this weir is 40m wide and stands on the footprint of a structure which is thought to have been built in the mid 19th century.
Through the RiverLife project, we will continue to work with these partners to develop a fish pass using the old lade to form a ramp for fish, this type of fish pass is called a ‘larinier’ and will allow fish to travel up the Harwood once again.
Mid Calder weir, in it’s current form, was constructed in the early 19th Century although there is evidence of a similar structure on this site dating as far back as the 16th Century. The main function of this weir is difficult to see today as there has been development of the site over the last 30 years. A mill once stood on the site of the water treatment works and would have processed the grain from the surrounding farms. Power for the mill would have come from the lade, now blocked, which ran along the river bank almost exactly where the path runs today.