RiverLife: Almond & Avon

Learning to be otter spotters

Although shy and elusive, otters thrive in Scotland and are often seen along the River Almond. During the construction of the Howden Weir Rock Ramp, the contractors often saw the resident local otters and plenty of signs were found by the team, especially towards the...

Limefield Falls Art Competition

May will see the first part of a new project running in Polbeth linking students at the local high school with planned work on the River. The Limefield Falls art competition will involve S2 art students from West Calder High School. The competition will be integrated...

Science Team Q&A sessions at Howden Weir

The construction of a rock ramp at Howden weir is the largest capital works project undertaken by the RiverLife team to date. The rock ramp has been created to allow the passage of migratory fish upstream of the weir and took six months to complete. As an obvious and...

Duck Race at Rugby Club By-Pass Channel

With the completion of the works at the rugby club weir, the RiverLife team wanted to run an event to mark the occasion. This was the perfect opportunity to satisfy the Forth Rivers Trust directors desire to run a duck race. Turns out that this was a masterstroke, the...

Bog burn volunteering

One of the RiverLife project’s main aims is the restoration of the Bog burn – including re-meandering the watercourse and improving public access.  However, this work is partially dependant on ground investigation works which will assess potential contamination from...

Bathgate Trolleys

We had our second session of regular volunteering at Bathgate on Thursday the 18th May. This was fully intended to be a second litter pick as, you may remember, the group didn’t even make it to Meadow Park on the last session. This was because of the magnitude of...


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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