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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...

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Nature Photography and Mental Health

Nature Photography and Mental Health

We’ve been taking submissions for our Resilient Rivers Photography Exhibition throughout May, and seeing as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week I thought I’d take a look at some of the benefits photography (and nature photography in particular) can bring to people’s...

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Lockdown on the Lyne

Lockdown on the Lyne

Lockdown has been a period filled with highs and lows.  For many of us it has brought uncertainty, change and interruption to our comfortable and comforting routines.  Interestingly for our project, lockdown has also corresponded with the end of the RiverLife...

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Resilient Rivers Photography Competition

Resilient Rivers Photography Competition

Diana Toncheva   The RiverLife team, like almost everyone else, have recently gone through some changes to the way that we are working. Social distancing has meant that the usual myriad of public events, school programmes and volunteer activities that we would...

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Revisiting Home Water

Revisiting Home Water

I guess like everyone else this lockdown, working from home, self-isolating pandemic that we currently find ourselves operating under has left a bit more time for reflection and reminiscing. For the first 5 years of my life I lived within 30 foot (old measure) of the...

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Considerate forager thoughts

Considerate forager thoughts

Where I live on the river Esk system (where I’m confined to during the 2020 Covid-19 lock-down) then I have been taking my daily exercise along the local rivers. Sometimes walking along the river, as the water is so low now, much to the surprise of some of the cows in...

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Tatty bye

Tatty bye

It's difficult to summarise three years at the Forth Rivers Trust in a single blog post, especially when it's the Friday afternoon of your last week and the lure of a cold, frothy pint of ale at the neighbouring pub is unusually persistent. So, I have compiled a wee...

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Tidy your Burn on Burns day – Armadale

Tidy your Burn on Burns day – Armadale

I was privileged to be involved at the beginning of a new community drive to tidy up their local area. The main motivator on the scene in Armadale was a very inspiring local lad by the name of Finlay. He was compelled to start the group from his experiences litter...

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What’s in the local burn?

What’s in the local burn?

The project has been mooching about some of the Almond's wee burns of late.  Burn's day (25th Jan) fell on a Saturday this year and so we thought it was the ideal opportunity to pay homage to some lesser loved burns. Two of our young community leader, Aimee-leigh and...

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LCB fish pass installation

LCB fish pass installation

The concrete bridge apron under the A71 on the Harwood water, Polbeth, was highlighted as a barrier to fish migration after looking into mitigating the larger barrier about 500m upstream – Limefield falls.   A low-cost baffle (LCB) fish pass was deemed the best option...

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Remembering ‘Our’ Falls

Remembering ‘Our’ Falls

This striking wintery image of the frozen Limefield Falls was one of three photos kindly sent to us (artists Minty Donald and Nick Millar) by Alex Kinsman, one of the people taking part in a reminiscence workshop at Polbeth Harwood Parish Church. Fuelled by some tasty...

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Volunteering Highlights

Volunteering Highlights

We have had a lot of volunteering activity over 2019 both in RiverLife and in the Trust, with some great achievements made by everyone involved. Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of the work of the Trust and the RiverLife project. Without the aid of all...

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Rivers are Dynamic

Rivers are Dynamic

Minds can be moulded at any age, and we try to show this by dusting off the river table and honing our teaching skills for high school students with Dynamic Rivers! We have been working with St Margaret’s High School in Livingston to show the higher geography classes...

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West Lothian Ageing Well Walkers

West Lothian Ageing Well Walkers

I have been fortunate enough to join up with the West Lothian Ageing Well Walking Group – Craigshill branch. I was warmly welcomed by the group on a previous walk at Howden where I talked about the rock ramp we created there. I decided I could crash another of their...

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Volunteer Electrofishing

Volunteer Electrofishing

Volunteer My Electrofishing Experience by Elspeth Smith  I was able to get into the electrofishing course through the Trust which was certified by the Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre (SFCC).  This was a two-day course which the first day was on theory where I...

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There’s always some sewage

There’s always some sewage

I knew from my training that pollution from sewage works happens, mainly as a result of our combined sewer systems in Scotland, where all water, whether from a toilet, a road drain or the garage roof, heads to the wastewater treatment works. When you think about the...

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First Explorer walk along the Almond

First Explorer walk along the Almond

The Kirkton fish pass is a dramatic site. A glassy, sheet of amber water which tumbles into a frothing, bubbling mass of water. Cut into the weir is the larinier fish pass, a piece of engineering which will allow trout and salmon to migrate and travel upstream, plus...

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