Wildflower Plug Planting

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Buglife need volunteers to help them to plant thousands of wildflower plugs on Fallin Bing on Tuesday 23 September. If you'd like to help make the Bing look even more beautiful and wildlife friendly next summer, please contact Buglife's Suzanne Bairner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clackmannan Tower, Doors Open Day

All day
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Guided tours of Clackmannan Tower as part of Clackmannanshire's Doors Open Days. 

Visits by pre-booked guided tour only at 9.30, 10.50, 1.40, 3.00 and 4.20. Each tour will last approx 70 minutes. To book, please call 0131 550 7603 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 12 noon on Friday 26th September. 

Please note that this is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing is essential, as access is via a field, a spiral staircase and uneven floors and part of the tour is outdoors.

Fife Diet Orchard Gathering

All day
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Orchard Gathering 2014 is co-hosted by Fife Diet, Orchard Research and Enterprise and Forth Environment Link.

PROGRAMME

10.00: Registration, tea, coffee, freshly pressed apple juice

10.30: Welcome circle including an interactive map of Scotland’s orchards

11.30: What has been achieved so far?
In this session we will explore and discuss what is happening across all sectors of orchard growing, generating the agenda on the day to fit the programme to the people.

13.00: Lunch with practical demonstrations and stalls featuring:
Book launch of Apple Hunter’s Handbook by Fife Diet Seed Truck
Celebration of Forth Valley Orchards initiative
How to preserve your fruit
Toffee apple tree

14:00 Presentation of the National Orchard Inventory

14.30: What is needed to help grow the orchard movement?
Gathering everyone together, we will use the World Cafe format to discuss how to grow and strengthen the orchard movement.

16.00: Next Steps
What do we think are the key next steps? How much can you commit to making them happen? With a summary and closing speech by Fife Diet’s Mike Small.

17.00: Day event closes

17.30: Sit-down dinner with an orchard fruit theme. With a welcome by Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook.

19.o0: The Forgotten Orchard. A play for all ages by Eco-Drama. Followed by a tasting of all of Scotland’s apple varieties

21.00 – 22.30: Ceilidh with Hud Yer Wheesht ceilidh band, plus others – feel free to take a turn!

With thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for the funding to make this happen. Forth Valley Orchards Initiative is funded by CSGN. Header photograph by Clementine Sandison.

 

For more information and to register go to Fife Diet's website.

Fallin Bing Work Party

Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Everyone is very welcome to attend Buglife’s work party at Fallin Bing. Meet at the outdoor museum car park (grid ref NS838915; postcode: FK7 7JH) in Fallin on the A905. If you are driving from Stirling the museum is just past a small area of woodland on the right and if you are driving from Airth it is after industrial units on the left.

The work will involve removing birch scrub that is currently encroaching across the site to reduce shading and nutrients to help the wildflowers spread. With the removed scrub we will be creating habitat piles for small mammals, birds and other wildlife. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and stout outdoor boots. Remember your packed lunch and good quality work gloves if you have them. Buglife will have spare gloves on the day.Please email or phone in advance so they have enough equipment. Contact Suzanne Bairner at Buglife Scotland on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 01786 447504.
 

 

Butterfly Conservation Wester Moss work party

Saturday, February 07, 2015 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Butterfly Conservation Scotland are continuing their work to restore this raised bog, removing invasive birch and pine and installing plastic dams across old drainage ditches, in conjunction with Stirling Council Rangers Service.

Meet at 10 am at the open air mining museum car park in Fallin, OS grid ref NS836 907 (OS map 57).

Wear warm, waterproof old clothing, and bring work gloves and loppers if you have them, plus packed lunch and drink. Wellingtons recommended!

It's fairly easy work and they will finish around 3.30pm.

The site is accessible by public transport (eg bus from Stirling), but there are no toilet facilities on site.

Please let Butterfly Conservation know in advance if you are planning to come:

To book, contact Shona Greig on 01786 447753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This work is supported by the National Lottery-funded Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.
 

Tree Planting Morning

Saturday, February 21, 2015 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Join Falkirk Council and local volunteers from the Friends of Kinneil Foreshore Group to plant a variety of trees in the newly cleared woodland at Kinneil Local Nature Reserve. Pop along for half an hour, or stay for the whole morning. Any and all help would be appreciated and will make a real difference at this site.

Please bring a spade and gloves if you have them. Some will be supplied, but there are only a limited number. Please ensure you wear sturdy shoes or wellingtons and are dressed for the weather forecast, it can be cool and windy on the Foreshore.

No booking necessary, just turn up and join in.

Please direct any questions about this event to Ian Edwards, Falkirk Council Environment Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01324 506070.

Find out more about Kinneil Local Nature Reserve on the SNH website.

Find out more about the IFLI Project at the Kinneil Local Nature Reserve.

Find out more about the Friends of Kinneil.

Drystone Walling

All day
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Learn the basics of drystone walling with tutors from the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.

Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Free – subject to a £20 refundable deposit.

Have you always wanted to try drystone walling? Would you like to add to your skills set? Why not join us for this one day workshop aimed at those who would like to learn the basics of dry stone walling to be able to undertake their own projects. During the course you will construct a new drystone wall and also gain the techniques needed to repair existing structures.

For more information and how to book a place please visit - http://www.scotlime.org/en/inner-forth-landscape-initiative-drystone-walling/

Conservation Masonry Skills Training

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Conservation Masonry Skills Training with Historic Scotland

Do you work with stone buildings? Want to understand the repair and maintenance of masonry buildings?

Training bursaries are available to gain the National Progression Award in the Conservation of Masonry delivered by Historic Scotland as part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

  • Attendees receive a bursary of £300 per week;
  • a 5 week course to gain this SQA qualification – delivered over 5 weeks from March to May 2015, in Stirling;
  • suitable for stonemasons, bricklayers and experienced site operatives.

Course dates; 23rd - 27th March, 13th - 17th April, 20th - 24th April, 11th - 15th May and 18th - 22nd May. 

For further information and to receive an application please Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Tel: 01786 431330.

Mammal ID and survey course

Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mole/Robert Trevis-Smith

The course will be run by John Haddow, a trainer for The Mammal Society and a freelance ecologist.

The course outline:

10:15-10:30 Arrival, teas and coffees

10:30 Start of the course Morning session: Identification of medium to large mammals by sight, and using field signs. Looking at different survey methods.

Midday Lunch (Please note that food heating facilities are not available)

Afternoon session: Visit to a nearby location (Gartmorn dam) to look for wild mammals and field signs of mammals.

Return to the venue. How to use a camera trap to record mammals. Recording the information.

16:00 Close

The course outcomes: All attendees should be to identify common species of medium and large mammals likely to be found around the traffic-free routes of the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

What to bring: Clothes suitable for the weather on the day Suitable walking shoes Packed lunch Notepaper and pencil or pen Survey commitment and methodology: Survey to carry out following the training session will be a simple one-off transect survey incorporating use of the camera trap. This will involve walking the survey stretch once and looking for and recording the signs of mammals. At one location of choice (where most mammals signs were observed) a camera trap will be installed and mammal activity monitored over one night. Should volunteers be keen, they are encouraged to monitor mammal activity for a longer period/at other locations along their stretch. Data entry method: Survey data will be entered into the Sustrans iRecord form. 

To book contact Laura White Laura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Mammal ID and survey course

Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mole/ Robert Trevis-Smith

The course will be run by John Haddow, a trainer for The Mammal Society and a freelance ecologist. 

The course outline: 

10:15-10:30 Arrival, teas and coffees 

10:30 Start of the course Morning session: Identification of medium to large mammals by sight, and using field signs. Looking at different survey methods. 

Midday Lunch (Please note that food heating facilities are not available) 

Afternoon session: Visit to a nearby location (Gartmorn dam) to look for wild mammals and field signs of mammals. 

Return to the venue. How to use a camera trap to record mammals. Recording the information. 

16:00 Close 

The course outcomes: All attendees should be to identify common species of medium and large mammals likely to be found around the traffic-free routes of the National Cycle Network in Scotland. 

What to bring: Clothes suitable for the weather on the day Suitable walking shoes Packed lunch Notepaper and pencil or pen Survey commitment and methodology: Survey to carry out following the training session will be a simple one-off transect survey incorporating use of the camera trap. This will involve walking the survey stretch once and looking for and recording the signs of mammals. At one location of choice (where most mammals signs were observed) a camera trap will be installed and mammal activity monitored over one night. Should volunteers be keen, they are encouraged to monitor mammal activity for a longer period/at other locations along their stretch. Data entry method: Survey data will be entered into the Sustrans iRecord form. 

To book contact Laura White Laura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Bridgeness Biodiversity Day

Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Join Buglife at Bridgeness Ship Breakers in Bo’ness to learn about the importance of this site for wildlife and get involved with habitat management tasks including scrub removal and litter picks. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring warm clothes and waterproofs. 
To find out how to get involved and for more information please contact Suzanne Bairner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01786 447504.

Bog Action Day, Wester Moss

Sunday, November 08, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Join Stirling Council Ranger Service and Butterfly Conservation in removing invading pine saplings from the moss, cutting back scrub and damming up ditches. Refreshments, tools, gloves and equipment are provided but please bring your own lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear stout footwear.

The Ranger Service provides a whole range of events for people of all ages and abilities. They are a great way to discover nature, explore new areas and enjoy the health benefits of being out and about. Children are welcome at all our events but an adult MUST supervise under 16’s at all times.

All of our events must be booked in advance.  For further information about the events and to book – please call 08452 777 000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’ve booked on to an event and can’t make it – please call and let us know, as someone else may be able to go in your place.

 

Bridgeness Biodiversity Day

Thursday, November 19, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Join Buglife at Bridgeness Ship Breakers in Bo’ness to learn about the importance of this site for wildlife and get involved with habitat management tasks including scrub removal and litter picks. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring warm clothes and waterproofs. 
To find out how to get involved and for more information please contact Suzanne Bairner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01786 447504.

Open meeting about new Kinneil House Orchard

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Together with the Friends of Kinneil and CSGNT, Foerth Environment Trust will be holding an Open Meeting  in the Large Room of Bo’ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’nessto discuss plans to create the new orchard.

They will discuss the findings from the ground surveys, update of research into the history of fruit and vegetable growing at the house, and the responses that have arisen from the recent call for information about old fruit varieties grown in Bo’ness gardens.

They will also chat about developing, caring for, and using the orchard in the future, and hopefully come up with some agreement as to how they can take things forward. No experience or knowledge of orchards is necessary…just bags of enthusiasm!

Image: Tom Putt apples/Andrew Lear

Habitat Creation Workshop with Buglife at Bo'ness

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Join Buglife in this outdoor workshop to learn about creating and managing grassland meadows, as well as associated habitats such as woodland at Kinneil Foreshore, Bo’ness.

Meeting point: Car park at Snab Lane, Bo’ness, EH51 0PS

Time: 11am-1pm

Please wear sturdy footwear and remember your waterproofs!

For more information please contact Suzanne Burgess on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01786 447504.

This event is part of the John Muir Pollinator Way Project funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and supported by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. 

Bridgeness Biodiversity Day

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Join Buglife at Bridgeness Ship Breakers in Bo’ness to learn about the importance of this site for wildlife and get involved with habitat management tasks including scrub removal and litter picks. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring warm clothes and waterproofs. 
To find out how to get involved and for more information please contact Suzanne Bairner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01786 447504.

Bridgeness Biodiversity Day

Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Join Buglife at Bridgeness Ship Breakers in Bo’ness to learn about the importance of this site for wildlife and get involved with habitat management tasks including scrub removal and litter picks. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring warm clothes and waterproofs. 
To find out how to get involved and for more information please contact Suzanne Bairner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 01786 447504.

Bo'ness Community Networking Evening

Monday, February 22, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Please book your place at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boness-community-networking-evening-tickets-20752988748 We hope to see you on the night.

Insight Event: The Engine Shed, Stirling

Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Engine Shed is one of Historic Environment Scotland's most ambitious projects to date, where a historic building is being updated to become a state-of-the-art learning centre for building conservation at the heart of Stirling.

The centre will open its doors to the public in Autumn 2016, but if you would like a sneak preview of the project and how HES are conserving and adapting the building for modern use, these Insight Tours are just for you.

Please wear suitable warm clothing as part of this tour will take place outdoors.

For further information please contact: Katie Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 668 8840.

Full details and bookings at this weblink: http://conservation.historic-scotland.gov.uk/home/events-listing/event-detail.htm?eventid=11740

Ticket: Adult £10 / Members £9 

Time: 12.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 – 15.00

If you can't make this Insight Event, read more about The Engine Shed project here: http://conservation.historic-scotland.gov.uk/home/engineshed.htm

This event is not part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, please contact HES as detailed above for bookings and enquiries. Thank you.

Fallin Community Networking Evening CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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This event has unfortunately been CANCELLED.
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