RiverLife: Almond & Avon

Invertebrate monitoring on the river Almond

Hidden under the surface of our rivers is a microscopic world of beautiful and alien creatures.  Most of these animals are the larval form of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies who spend most of their lives feeding and growing under the water before hatching as...

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...

Fresh water watchers

Citizen science into action. I was fortunate to be able to join a team of avid local river volunteers. We were all taking part in training how to monitor fresh water as part of the fresh water watch project. This is a global project generating data on the quality of...

Foraging – walking, gathering, eating.

(The ante has certainly been upped!). A big thank you to Szymon, biologist, forager and educator in wild plants for his fantastic foraging guided walk. Not only did we get to walk in the lovely Almondell and Calderwood country park, we also got to learn to identify...

Bathgate litter pick

With bin bags and litter pickers in hand, David and I met with 5 volunteers by Bathgate’s Bog burn yesterday.  We had a refreshing mix of volunteers – including enthusiastic members of the community, community council members, an angler and a local councillor. The...


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As part of this project we are keen to build up a picture of how people engage with their local river and what their perceptions are of it. To do this we have created a short, online survey which we hope you can spare a few minutes to complete.


Use the interactive map to find our projects, cameras and events.


Fish barriers
Five Sisters Zoo
Picnic sites
Forestry areas