This event was cancelled due to poor weather. To be rescheuled.
Discover new wildlife hotspots in the Inner Forth
Are you interested in nature? Would you like to discover a new wildlife haven and learn more about the species that live there? The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) are hosting a series of walks to showcase their project sites and explore biodiversity in more detail. People are invited to come along, enjoy the walk and try some simple wildlife identification techniques to unlock the secrets of each unique location.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative has developed six Survey Walk routes in a range of locations, designed to take in various habitats along a 1-2km walk. These upcoming events are an opportunity for anyone interested in developing wildlife ID skills to come and have a go at some basic biological recording on an existing transect. The sessions will consist of a guided walk where established volunteers and newcomers can share their observations and collaborate with each other to record new species. With the help of IFLI’s Wildlife Recording Assistant, attendees will walk a designated route and spend some time identifying plants, birds, mammals and insects. Results will be contributed to the National Biodiversity Network recording scheme, thus aiding future conservation work and research. People of any experience level are encouraged to participate in the walk and to learn more about the area, wildlife and the ongoing work of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.
Sessions are free of charge and will take place in a variety of locations, including historic estates in High Valleyfield and Bo’ness, RSPB’s newest nature reserve in Alloa, the sprawling Devilla pinewood forest and the former coal mining bing in Fallin which has now been re-designated as a wildflower meadow. Each site has its own unique personality, with a range of fascinating habitats and species. Here is a list of dates so far:
· Friday 16h June, 10am - 12pm, Kinneil Foreshore and LNR, Bo’ness.
· Wednesday 28th June, 10am – 12pm, RSPB Black Devon Wetlands, Alloa.
· Wednesday 26th July, 2pm - 4pm, Valleyfield Estate, High Valleyfield.
· Thursday 10th August, 2pm - 4pm, Fallin Bing,
· Wednesday 20th September, 6pm - 8pm, Kinneil Estate
· Friday 29th September, 10am - 12pm, Devilla, Forestry Commision Site
These workshops are part of a suite of activities and events that will be organised over the next six months as part of IFLI’s Forth Nature Counts project. The project aims to generate wildlife records and give people the confidence and skills to record nature throughout the Inner Forth, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the National Lottery.