Join the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and Walk Forward for a two-hour health walk at Bo’ness. We will be exploring the area around the Kinneil Foreshore Local Nature Reserve and the historic Estate. Meet in the Union Street car park by the Custom House in Bo’ness.
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.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) and Coastal Communities trainees are inviting local families to join them on a woodland walk to discover more about the wildlife that lives at Inglewood (Gubber Hill), in Alloa on Saturday 14 March. This free event, called ‘Wildlife on your Doorstep’, is open to everyone, with regular woodland walkers and their families especially welcome. The group will be looking for tracks and signs of some of the animals that walkers share the woodland with, like squirrels and deer, and keeping an eye out for birds, plants and fungi.
Early May is the best time to hear the our birds singing their hearts out to defend their territories and impress their females. Join RSPB's Nature Reserve Manager Allison Leonard to experience the wonderful dawn chorus on the Forth for yourself.
Meet at the gate on the first bend of Newton Road after you turn off the A905 near Skinflats.
Please wear stout shoes and bring waterproofs.
Join bat experts Richard Smith from Fife & Kinross Bat Group and Johanna Willi from the Fife Council Biodiversity Team at Culross Palace and grounds for a rare chance to discover some of the bats that make their summer home in this historic palace. More details and booking information to follow soon.
Join our expert Helen Dickinson from Bumblebee Conservation Trust to learn more about bumblebees and where to find them as we explore Fallin Bing, which should be buzzing with many different species of bumblebees, weather permitting. Suitable for all ages, families especially welcome. Well behaved dogs too. Booking is advisable. Please email [email protected] or tel 01324 831568 to find out more and to book your places.
Join the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and Walk Forward for a two-hour healthy walk around Clackmannan. We will be exploring the area around Clackmannan Tower, and the new RSPB Black Devon Wetlands Nature Reserve. Meet on Clackmannan High Street by the Cross. The route will be approximately 5 miles. It's a chance to stretch your legs and find out more about this fascinating part of Clackmannanshire in good company.
Join IFLI and foraging expert Ali Murfitt for a 2-3 hour foraging walk, to learn about the joys of foraging. It will include top tips to be allow you to identify plants easily. We will also cover the medicinal/edible properties as well as some of the traditional folklore about the plants and trees we encounter. Conditions permitting, we will also spend some time making teas, lip balms or other tasty treats from the things that we gather.
We will meet at the small car park at the junction of Bowhouse Road and Riverside View in Alloa.
This free event was open to anyone with an interest in the creation or better management of wildflower areas, including local authorities, land managers, environmental organisations and community groups. It was hosted by IFLI and On the Verge, and was jointly organised by IFLI, On the Verge, Stirling Council and Buglife.
There are many projects across the UK aiming to establish wildflower areas for biodiversity and cost savings. The conference gave nearly 100 delegates from all over Scotland and beyond an opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and to hear about successful projects. Over half of Scotland's local authorities were represented, along with delegates from many public bodies, charities, and community groups who were keen to learn and share their knowledge and experience in this field. Topics included site selection and preparation, management, and potential carbon and cash savings.
Below you will find links to the programme for the event, the speakers' biographies and contact details, a delegate list, all the speakers' presentations, and the case studies that were shared in the conference packs. Further information will be made available as we receive it.
Save the date for an afternoon talk from Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer all about heritage, history, access and skills projects taking place through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. You will hear about highlights from the last 12 months, what is coming soon and how you can get involved.
To book your free ticket please contact the Speirs Centre, Alloa on 01259 452262 or drop in to book and collect your ticket.
Clackmannanshire Library HQ
This talk has been rescheduled from 1pm, apologies for any inconvenience.
Get up with the larks (and the whitethroats) to join in our family-focussed fun event to celebrate Dawn Chorus Day! You'll be amazed how much noise those tiny birds make first thing in the morning when they are singing to attract a mate and declare their territory! This won't be just another nature walk though - there will be fun and games for everyone as we explore the wetlands and woods around the nature reserve. Once things quieten down we will head back to enjoy breakfast rolls and hot drinks as a reward for getting up so early!
Suitable for all ages. this event is entirely free. You'll just need to wear warm, waterproof clothes and wellies, and come with a sense of adventure!
Although date, details and location are yet to be confirmed, we can promise it will be a terrific event for our volunteers...an opportunity for IFLI to say thank-you, and for our volunteers to mingle with folk on other projects, do some crafty and other practical things, and eat cake!
This sketch tour is part of the Kennetpans Weekend, a range of activities designed to learn about and look more closely at this site of Industrial heritage on the shore of the Forth.
During this sketch tour you will learn or improve your speed sketching skills and pick up new tips which will allow you to document and survey the world around you in ink on paper. All ages and abilities will have the chance to draw in ink and watercolour, and take away a mounted piece of work, following a sketching tour around the Kennetpans Distillery.
All essential equipment will be provided for this workshop by Mark.
Please ensure that you bring a packed lunch and drink and wear suitable shoes and clothing for a day outside in the changeable Scottish weather! You may wish to bring a small camp chair or stool to sit upon. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Minimum age 14. Under 16's to be accompanied by an adult please.