RiverLife: Almond & Avon


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Wild Wednesdays

West Lothian Council Ranger Service have a fantastic family engagement initiative that gets pulled out every summer – the “Wild Wednesday”. This initiative is in a different location each week throughout summer and has nature themed activities and stalls for people to...

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,...

Pollinator Survey Workshop

On the 1st of August we had a special guest appearance from our friends over in Buglife! With the creation of the new project, B-Lines, in West Lothian we decided to do a partnership workshop to give some of our volunteers the chance to skill up in a new area. The aim...

Crazy Croquet at Polbeth Gala Day

Despite threatening rain, the sun shone for the crowds who turned up at Polbeth’s annual Gala Day on 29th June. We (public artists, Minty Donald and Nick Millar) were delighted that it stayed dry and that our Polbeth Crazy Croquet game proved so popular. A constant...

Balsam Bashing on the Almond

With the sun shining down on us, we made our way to the site. On the river Almond, near the canal feeder weir, we spot our target – a stand of the invasive alien invader Himalayan balsam. We are here to end this flower’s dominance on this patch of the riverbank. Armed...

Fencing on the Upper Avon

This summer - adding to the bank protection, tree planting and drainage work carried out as part of the Upper Avon Enhancement project - 2km of stock fencing was erected along the left bank.  This will protect riverbank vegetation from overgrazing and reduce the risk...

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