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RiverLife: Almond & Avon

RiverLife River Wanders

RiverLife’s guided walks will show you some of the best spots around the Almond and Avon for spotting wildlife, experiencing our varied local history, and taking in the natural beauty of our rivers.

Bathgate Water Restoration Project

The RiverLife team have been helping to establish and progress an opportunity for a major water restoration project in the heart of Bathgate, based around the Bog and Boghead Burns.

River Almond Art Trail

In November 2020 we were delighted to launch three brand new public artworks at sites on the River Almond. See how they were made and how to discover them for yourself.

RiverLife Video Gallery

As everyone is stuck closer to home, click below to view our RiverLife Video Gallery, where you can take a virtual tour of the Almond and Avon, learn how to identify trees, plants and invertebrates, and see some of our community projects in action.

Resilient Rivers Photography Exhibition

Throughout May 2020 we received loads of wonderful submissions for our Resilient Rivers Photography Exhibition, showing the best and worst aspects of the Rivers Almond and Avon.

Hear a River Story

Listen to a river story on the Almond with a local storyteller.

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Events

New Map & Information Boards for the Polbeth Community

New Map & Information Boards for the Polbeth Community

Polbeth Community HUB and RiverLife have worked together to create and install two community map and notice boards at central locations in Polbeth, West Lothian. The boards, designed with community artists Nick and Minty, have been installed at the Scotmid car park...

Cleaning up Harwood Water with West Lothian Litter Pickers

Cleaning up Harwood Water with West Lothian Litter Pickers

The RiverLife small grants scheme has been used for all kinds of projects across the communities we are a part of. Recently we've been working with the West Lothian Litter Pickers to help them get some new equipment, and advise them on how to safely use it.  The West...

Welcoming Back our Fish

Welcoming Back our Fish

We're super excited to launch our new community art project called Welcoming Back our Fish.   We had hoped to run our RiverRubbish citizen science and community volunteering project in the Bathgate area but have struggled to plan things due to the strange and...

Getting Out and About

Getting Out and About

This month I’ve been able to leave the wee home office behind here and there, as the staff have been resuming a few of our outdoor activities. So I thought I’d share some pictures of what we’ve been up to in the last few weeks. I’ve been out several times assisting...

Looking for Eels at Fair-a-Far Weir

Looking for Eels at Fair-a-Far Weir

I’ve been spending a lot of time working in the home office recently, as many of our normal outdoor activities are on hold. So, I was very glad to be able to go out this week and meet with my colleague Scot on the Almond in Cramond to check an eel trap at Fair-a-Far...

The Blue Gym

The Blue Gym

Have you heard of Green Gym? I’m sure you have, maybe you don’t know what it refers to, but you’ve likely heard of it -this is because it is well documented – and even prescribed - as a way to improve our lives. It gets people outdoors doing exercises and...

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.