Intro to RCHAMS and Canmore

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society (CFSS) for this introduction to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland (RCHAMS) and their Canmore Database. CFSS is a registered on-line contributor and Stephen Digney of RCAHMS will be taking people through the process of adding records that are collected as part of the Tale of Two Estates project.

We will also be exchanging information about fieldwork which has been undertaken so far and arranging site visits to help people gain confidence about identifying waggonway remains.

A Tale of Two Estates: an overview so far

Monday, November 10, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join the Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society to hear about progress so far on the fabulous Tale of Two Estates project. This project is supporting volunteer researchers who are undertaking research into the 17th  - 19th century industrial and trading heritage of the Alloa and Clackmannan and their ports.

A Tale of Two Estates - volunteer meeting

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Informal meeting to look at the results of field and desk research so far, and to plan further desk research for the spring of 2015.

Forth Naturalist & Historian Conference 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Conference title: The Inner Forth: formed by nature, shaped by people

Cottrell Lecture Theatre A3, Stirling University

The Inner Forth estuary has changed out of all recognition in the last 500 years or so. Land has been claimed and protected from the tides and storms. Farming has been established. Major industries central to Scotland's wealth such as salt-making, coal mining and iron-working have needed the Forth as a gateway to international trade. As a result the natural world has been forced to retreat, communities have turned their backs on the river, and often the outside world sees only the refineries and power stations that now dominate the landscape. For this year’s conference, the Inner Forth landscape Initiative is partnering Forth Naturalist & Historian in exploring the past and present dynamics of this constantly changing landscape.

 

There will be stalls from a number of organisations and community groups involved with the natural, cultural and historical heritage of the Inner Forth, including representatives from some of the 50 IFLI projects.

Running order:

9.00-10.00       Registration: Cotterell Lecture Theatre A3  

9.30-10.00      Refreshments, Displays & Book Sales: Rooms 2A9/2A11 & 2A13

10.00              Welcome and Introduction, Richard Tipping: Chair, FNH

10.10               The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: Aspirations, Anne McCall, RSPB Regional Director, South & West  Scotland,

                         and  Jess Dolan, Programme Manager, IFLI

Session 1:        Nature in the Landscape     

10.30               The Forth Estuary - 40 Years On,  Emeritus Professor Donald  McLusky, Stirling University                                                                                                  

10.55               Managing the Inner Forth for Birds – Now and in the Future, Yvonne Boles, RSPB Conservation Officer for Central Scotland

11.20–11.45     Refreshments, Displays & Book Sales

11.50               The Importance of Brownfield Sites  for Nature Conservation, Suzanne Bairner, Buglife

12.15               Discussion, Anne McCall, RSPB

12.40               Launch of Volume 37 of the FNH Journal,  Neville Dix & Roy Sexton,FNH

13.00–14.00    Lunch


Session 2:        The Managed Landscape                

14.00               Introduction, Graeme Bell, Historic Scotland

14.10               Defending the Land: Sea-walls and Agrarian Change, John G Harrison & John Reid

14.35               The History of Orchards along the Inner Forth, Crispin Hayes, CW Hayes Associates

15.00               Altars, Serfs & Clotted Blood - the Southern Inner Forth Salt Industry, Geoff Bailey, Falkirk Community Trust

15.25-15.50    Refreshments, Displays & Book Sales

15.50               Hulks, Harbours and Haulage: Celebrating the Trading Heritage of the Inner Forth,  Kirsty McAlister, IFLI                                          

16.10               Discussion, Graeme Bell, Historic Scotland

16.40-16.45     Conclusion, Murray Dickie: Depute Chair, FNH

Prices Non-member/member

All day  £15.00/ £12.00 Registered students £5.00/£2.00  

AM or PM only  £7.50/£6.00  Registered students £2.50/tbc  

To download a booking form click here.

A Tale of Two Estates - volunteer meeting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Informal meeting to look at the results of field and desk research so far, and to plan further desk research for the spring of 2015.

Collection of objects and memories of Bo'ness

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The artists and filmmaker Tracey Fearnehough and Holger Mohaupt are working on a public art project for Boness in partnership with Falkirk Council Development Services and Scottish Natural Heritage.


On Saturday 6 Dec from 11-4pm they are inviting the people of Boness for coffee and cake to 19 South Street (the recent SNP office). They have opened a pop-up studio where they collect stories and memories of Boness. They are particularly interested in stories about the shoreline, the seabox and ship-breaking. Please bring an object from the ship breaking or tell us about it.
You can also upload your stories or photographs to their blog www.r8boness.tumblr.com
 

Distance Bird ID Workshop

Saturday, February 07, 2015 9:45 am - 2:45 pm
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Would you like to brush up on your bird ID skills? 

How exactly do you identify a wading bird out on the mudflats when all you can really see with the naked eye is a small, distant shape?

Join up with expert David Bryant for a free walking workshop along the River Forth as he takes you through the techniques of identifying birds from a distance.  Starting at Bo’ness we’ll walk along the seawall with the rising tide, finishing with the flocks at Kinneil Lagoons and getting some great views of waterbirds on this internationally important landscape along the way. We will return to the start point on foot.

The workshop will last for 3 – 5 hours, depending on the weather (and the birds!) and will involve a round trip walk of approximately 3 miles mainly along paths but with some rough ground sections.

Bookings

Booking essential as places are limited for this free workshop. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where?

Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start at the Car park off Kinneil Road (A904) at junction with Castlehill. Grid Ref. NS988813, postcode EH51 OAZ

By public transport, there are frequent bus services to Castlehill, Bo’ness.

Essential Details

Please bring a packed lunch, a drink plus any other refreshments you require.

To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook. You may also like to bring a bird ID guide (that you are happy to carry) and a pair of binoculars or a scopes if you have them (we can supply a limited number on the day). 

This session is out of doors so please dress sensibly for the cold, wet Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, warm layers plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

The route will be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

Meet IFLI: the projects and getting involved

Monday, February 09, 2015 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Would you like to know more about the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI)? If so, come along to the Speirs Centre in Alloa on Monday 9th Februray, where Dr Kirsty McAlister, IFLI's Cultural Heritage Officer, will give a presentation about the aims and objectives of the Initiative. She'll talk about the various projects that will be delivered between 2014 and 2018, projects that will conserve, restore and enhance the local landscape, environment and wildlife as well as built and cultural heritage. She'll also let you know how you can get involved, either as a volunteer or as an attendee at one of the many events coming up.

Places are free but should be booked in advance by calling 01259 452262. More information is available here: http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/events/?event=1706

Winter Tree ID Workshop

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Can you tell an Ash tree from a Beech?  A Sycamore from an Oak?  Many of us can if we can get a good look at the leaves or flowers but how do you do it in the depths of winter without these signs as your guide?

Join Emilie Wadsworth of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust on Wednesday 11th February at Gartmorn Dam Country Park & Nature Reserve for this morning session covering the basics of identifying trees in the wintertime. 

The workshop will run for approximately two hours.

Bookings

Booking essential as places are limited for this free workshop. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where?

Meet at 10am at the Gartmorn Dam Country Park Visitor Centre, near Sachie, Clackmannanshire. Follow signs for the Gartmorn Dam Country Park from the A908.  Parking is available at the visitor centre, grid reference NS910940. 

By public transport the nearest bus stop is in Sauchie, Alloa, approximately 1.5km from the visitor centre.

Essential Details

Please bring any refreshments you will require including a drink.

To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook.

This session is out of doors so please dress sensibly for the cold, wet Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, warm layers plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

The route will be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

Further details about the Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve can be found on Clackmannanshire Council’s website: http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/visiting/gartmorndam/

 

Image of Gartmorn Dam supplied by Clackmannanshire Council.

 

Forth Nature Counts Bioblitz - Stirling

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Become a Citizen Scientist with IFLI on our Stirling Bioblitz.

The IFLI landline is currently out of order, to book please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kate Fuller on 07860592061 - Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Join the IFLI team, Buglife and friends for a short bioblitz in the Kings Park or Back Walk areas of Stirling. Have a go at citizen science and learn how to make a wildlife record. Find out what wildlife lives in the city and its greenspaces. Help us to better understand the wildlife found in Stirling by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record Form, whilst you are out and about.

Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous or specialist knowledge needed, all equipment and refreshments supplied on the day FREE of charge.

Bookings

Please book in advance. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay, IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where

There is a morning and an afternoon session. You can book for one, or both! Each session is FREE thanks to our funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

Each session will start at Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, FK8 2QG.

Balallan House is 10 minutes walk from the train and bus stations in Stirling. There is very limited parking at the venue, but a range of free and pay for parking on surrounding residential roads.

Essential Details

The sessions will start  and end at Balallan House. During the session we will walk to and from either Kings Park or Back Walk taking note of the different wildlife species we see and identify on route. 

This session is out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest layers, a waterproof jacket and hat/scarf/gloves depending on the weather.

The route may be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

All children are to be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times.

RSPB Conservation Volunteering

Friday, May 08, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Every Month until September 08, 2015

The Inner Forth is a fantastic area for wildlife and we are looking for a group of enthusiastic volunteers to help us manage some wonderful sites. We have a wide range of tasks to carry out so we need your help to keep this area special for wildlife.

What’s in it for you?

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get more involved with conservation in the Inner Forth Area. You will get the chance to work on some very special sites learning a huge range of new practical and identification skills, gaining invaluable experience for anyone who wants to pursue a career in conservation and we will also be offering our volunteers the opportunity for more formal training resulting in valuable qualifications (e.g. brushcutter tickets, first aid qualificitation, etc). 
In addition to all of this you will of course get the chance to work with some fantastic people and maybe meet some new friends, all the while knowing you are contributing to nature conservation and really making a difference to your local area.

The skills you need

You don't need any previous experience or any specific skills (although an aptitude for practical work would be useful) but you do need to be enthusiastic about conservation and nature. You will be carrying out practical work in all weather conditions so will need to be prepared for that, a reasonable level of fitness and an up to date tetanus would also be good.

Your time

Minimum commitment: 2 days per month (days listed on the IFLI events calendar)
Duration: Ongoing
Period: All year round

Who to contact

Allison Leonard, RSPB Forth & Loch Lomond Reserves Warden
Tel: 01324 832853
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes

Expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary.
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations.
Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

See this opportunity on the RSPB website.

British Bats Workshop

Friday, May 08, 2015 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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British bats identification - sights and sounds

Led by licensed bat worker Emilie Wadsworth of CSGNT, this evening workshop will introduce you to the sights and sounds of British Bats. After an indoor introduction to bats found in the UK, their key identification features, habitats and protected status, you will head outside in the dark with a bat detector. No previous knowledge or specialist equipment is needed for this workshop. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day free of charge.

After the workshop, help us to better understand the wildlife found where you are by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form.

Bookings

Booking essential as places are limited for this free workshop. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where?

19:00 to around 22:00, please arrive a few minutes early.

Cambuskenneth Village Hall, South Street, Cambuskenneth, FK9 5NL.

Cambuskenneth is 20 minute walk from Stirling train and bus stations. There is on street parking available on residential streets in the village, or in Riverside (over the footbridge). Alternatively, you could use Traveline Scotland to help plan your yourney by public transport: www.travelinescotland.com

Essential Details

To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook. We will have bat ID guides and bat detectors available to borrow on the night.

This session is partly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, warm layers plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

Refreshments will be provided.

The outdoor part of the session may be in areas that are muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

 

 

Forth Nature Counts Bioblitz - Gartmorn Dam

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Become a Citizen Scientist with IFLI on our Gartmorn Dam Bioblitz.

Join the IFLI team, Buglife, Clackmannanshire Council Ranger Service and friends for a short bioblitz at Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve. Have a go at citizen science and learn how to make a wildlife record. Find out what wildlife lives in the woodlands and open spaces at the Nature Reserve. Help us to better understand the wildlife found at the site by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form, next time you visit Gartmorn Dam.

 

Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous or specialist knowledge needed, all equipment and refreshments supplied on the day FREE of charge.

Bookings

Please book in advance, but spaces will be available on the day. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay, IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where

There is a morning and an afternoon session. You can book for one, or both! Each session is FREE thanks to our funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

Each session will start at the Ranger Centre at Gartmorn Dam Country Park & Nature Reserve.

There is free parking available at the site.

Alternatively, you could use Traveline Scotland to help plan your yourney by public transport: www.travelinescotland.com

Essential Details

The bioblitz is out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest layers, a waterproof jacket and hat/scarf/gloves depending on the weather.

The route may be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

All children are to be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times.

 

Tullibody Heritage Walk

Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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A walk to discover more about the fascinating history of the village. Join Chris Calder, chair of the Tullibody History Group, for a journey through 6000 years of the village's history. Booking is advisable as places are limited. Please contact Sue Walker, IFLI Communications Officer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 01324 831568 for more details and to book.

Meet the Historian - David Bytheway

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Former local newspaper editor and historian David Bytheway will be taking his audience behind the scenes on how he produced his top selling series of DVD's, The Driving Force, which tell the story of the railway in Clackmannanshire. 

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from any Clackmannanshire Library or Community Access Point by calling 01259 452262.

For more information: http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/events/?event=1753

This event is not run by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

 

Kinneil Estate Survey Walk

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Inner Forth is a special place for nature and to help us showcase this we have designed a series of survey walks on or near to selected IFLI project sites to record the species found across the area.  Come along and join a member of the IFLI team walking one of these routes and recording the wildlife that is found.  The walk will cover approximately 2km so a basic level of fitness is all that is required.  Dress appropriately for the changeable Scottish weather and wear some sturdy shoes as the ground may be muddy and uneven underfoot.

Meet at the Kinneil Estate Museum car park at 2pm.

This is a great opportunity to really get to know one of the IFLI project sites and all the fabulous wildlife that lives there.  You’ll learn why wildlife recording is important, some basic survey techniques and  how to make a good wildlife record. We will also explain how to share your records via  the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord. By using the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord you will have your records verified by experts and uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network. This will help the IFLI partnership build a better picture of nature throughout the landscape.

In return, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to walking a survey route a minimum of 2-3 times initially over the summer months, but potentially over the autumn and winter too. To join this walk or volunteer your time, you don’t need any previous experience of wildlife recording, just some basic species ID skills. You only need to record whatever species of plants, birds, insects or animals that you feel comfortable identifying.  As you walk the site regularly you’ll soon find you begin to recognise new things.  Although all the survey walks take place on sites with established paths, a basic level of fitness allowing you to walk short distances (up to 2km) will be required.  You’ll ideally have access to a PC or laptop and the internet to allow you to upload records to iRecord.

If you’d like to get involved in the walk or as a volunteer please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay, IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Habitat Surveying Workshop

Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Introduction to Habitat Surveying

Are you interested in learning the basics of habitat classification? Would you like to learn the key differences between different woodland, grassland and wetland types? If so you might like to join the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) team and Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), who are running an event near Linlithgow to help people learn how to broadly classify a diverse range habitat and survey their component parts.

You will visit different locations at the greenspace with Emilie to help illustrate the difference between broad habitat types and have a go at carrying out surveys of these areas. You will learn what is meant by different habitat type descriptions and how these sites can be managed and improved for nature.

No previous knowledge or specialist equipment is needed for this workshop. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day free of charge.

After the workshop, help us to better understand the wildlife found where you are by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form.

Bookings

Booking essential as places are limited for this free workshop. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where?

The workshop will run from 10:00 to 13:00. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Kettilstoun Mains - please meet at the main entrance which is just on the roundabout as you leave Linlithgow on the A706. 

Parking - you can park at the sports centre nearby.

Essential Details

To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook. Tea/coffee will be provided but please bring any other refreshments you need.

This session is wholly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, layers and a sunhat if the weather is fine.

Walking boots or stout footwear is advised.

 

Photo R. Trevis-Smith

Bird Song & Passerine Identification Workshop

Saturday, May 23, 2015 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Would you like learn how to identify passerines (perching birds) by sight and sound?

Join David Anderson from RSPB Scotland for this workshop introducing you to common UK species of passerines (perching birds).

Aimed at beginners and those who would like to get into bird watching, the workshop will focus on learning to identify the fantastic array of migratory passerines that arrive at the Inner Forth each spring, as well as those that are here all year! You will look at the different features of bird families and focus on learning their general impression, size and shape. You will examine birdsong and begin to learn how to identify species simply through sound before heading outside to listen for different songs. After the indoor session, the workshop will move outside for a 2 hour walk around Culross and see which species are found in the village and surrounding woodland and farmland. 

Did you know? A passerine is a perching bird in the formal Scientific order of Passeriformes. This is the largest order of birds and includes more than half the world's different bird species. Find out more online.

After the workshop, help us to better understand the wildlife found where you are by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form.

Booking

Booking essential as places are limited for this free workshop. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where?

Stephen Memorial Hall, Back Street, Culross, Fife, KY12 8HP.

The session will run from 14:00 to about 18:00, please arrive a few minutes early. The majority of this session is out of doors.

Free parking is available in the two car parks at either end of Culross village. Please use one of these if you are coming by car. The venue is a 2-5 minute walk from either.

Alternatively, Traveline Scotland can help to plan your journey by public transport: http://www.travelinescotland.com/

Essential Details

Tea/coffee will be provided, but please bring any other refreshments that you require.

To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook. You may also like to bring a bird ID guide (that you are happy to carry) and a pair of binoculars if you have them (we can supply a limited number on the day). No previous knowledge or specialist equipment is needed for this workshop. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day free of charge.

This session is mostly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, layers, plus a hat for sun or cold.

Walking boots/stout footwear is advised.

Photo Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)

 

Fallin Bing Survey Walk

Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Inner Forth is a special place for nature and to help us showcase this we have designed a series of survey walks on or near to selected IFLI project sites to record the species found across the area.  Come along and join a member of the IFLI team walking one of these routes and recording the wildlife that is found.  The walk will cover approximately 2km so a basic level of fitness is all that is required.  Dress appropriately for the changeable Scottish weather and wear some sturdy shoes as the ground may be muddy and uneven underfoot.

Meet at the Fallin Outdoor Mining Museum car park at 11am.

This is a great opportunity to really get to know one of the IFLI project sites and all the fabulous wildlife that lives there.  You’ll learn why wildlife recording is important, some basic survey techniques and  how to make a good wildlife record. We will also explain how to share your records via  the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord. By using the Inner Forth Nature Counts form on iRecord you will have your records verified by experts and uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network. This will help the IFLI partnership build a better picture of nature throughout the landscape.

In return, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to walking a survey route a minimum of 2-3 times initially over the summer months, but potentially over the autumn and winter too. To join this walk or volunteer your time, you don’t need any previous experience of wildlife recording, just some basic species ID skills. You only need to record whatever species of plants, birds, insects or animals that you feel comfortable identifying.  As you walk the site regularly you’ll soon find you begin to recognise new things.  Although all the survey walks take place on sites with established paths, a basic level of fitness allowing you to walk short distances (up to 2km) will be required.  You’ll ideally have access to a PC or laptop and the internet to allow you to upload records to iRecord.

If you’d like to get involved in the walk or as a volunteer please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay, IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Forth Nature Counts Bioblitz - Jupiter, Grangemouth

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Become a Citizen Scientist with IFLI on our Grangemouth Bioblitz.

Join the IFLI team, Buglife, Scottish Wildlife Trust and friends for a short bioblitz at SWT's Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth. Have a go at citizen science and learn how to make a wildlife record. Find out what wildlife lives in the pond, woods, meadow and wildlife garden in the middle of industrial Grangemouth. Help us to better understand the wildlife found at the site by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form, next time you visit SWT Jupiter.

Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

Suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous or specialist knowledge needed, all equipment and refreshments supplied on the day FREE of charge.

Bookings

Please book in advance, but spaces will be available on the day. Please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer or Paul Barclay, IFLI Wildlife Recording Assistant on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When & Where

There is a morning and an afternoon session. You can book for one, or both! Each session is FREE thanks to our funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Morning session 10:00 to 12:30. / Afternoon session 14:00 to 16:30.

SWT Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth. OS Grid Reference NS920810

Jupiter is situated north of the M9 between junctions 5 and 6. From Beancross Road, turn north onto Newlands Road, then left onto Newhouse Road, left onto Wood Street, and Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is on your right. From Beancross Road, the route is signposted with brown tourist signs.

Alternatively, you could use Traveline Scotland to help plan your yourney by public transport: www.travelinescotland.com

Essential Details

This session is out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest layers, a waterproof jacket and a hat for sun or cold depending on the weather.

The ground may be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots or stout footwear is advised.

All children are to be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times.

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