IFLI's new animation brings story of Inner Forth to life

The Inner Forth is an incredible place that has been formed by nature and shaped by people. A place steeped in history that holds so much importance to the wildlife and the people that have lived here, both past and present. A place that deserves to be recognised and celebrated for its cultural, natural and historic heritage.

RSPB Scotland worked with Edinburgh-based animators Interference Pattern to create an animation about the Inner Forth – a snapshot through time that looks at the changes in its landscape, industry and wildlife. The film starts with the last Ice Age and ends with what the future may hold.


Ami Kirkbright, Project Assistant for the Inner Forth Futurescape Project, tells us more:

‘The aim of this animation is to create a learning resource for local schools and students to learn about the Inner Forth – its incredible history, how it was formed and what has influenced its changes. It was both easy and extremely hard to research and create this animation. With so much to tell, how do we fit it all in! Working with Interference Pattern has been a delight – they have truly captured the vibrancy and diversity of the area in a dynamic and captivating way, with the wonderful colours and animation style. 

We wanted to highlight the Inner Forth’s incredible story and importance. To show school students that they live in this fantastically diverse place full of history and amazing wildlife. We want to show them how the landscape has changed dramatically over time to become what we see today. If you look you can see evidence of this all around. We want to inspire people to venture out and see for themselves the incredible landscape right on their doorstep: visit RSPB Black Devon Wetlands and enjoy the wildlife and countryside; climb one of the Ochil hills and look down to the flat valley that was once full of ice; visit Kinneil Museum or Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway to learn about the local history of the area. So much to do and see, the only problem is where to start!

You can watch the animation for yourself on IFLI's You Tube channel here


IFLI team seeking evaluation consultant to undertake Final Monitoring & Evaluation Review

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative team are seeking a consultant to carry out a Final Monitoring and Evaluation Review of the programme and partnership during summer 2018. 
The IFLI team are looking to contract an evaluation consultant to facilitate a final learning and celebratory oriented, monitoring and evaluation review (M&E) of our programme and partnership. The M&E review will adopt a positive approach to telling the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative’s story, and how partners have worked to deliver the vision outlined in the IFLI Landscape Conservation Action Plan. This contract will meet and exceed HLF’s requirement for LPS grant recipients to carry out a final evaluation report of their programme. The resultant M&E review report will form part of
the IFLI partnership’s final LPS grant submission to HLF.
IFLI is a large complex programme with approx. 50 projects delivered, fourteen organisations leading on projects and many individuals involved at multiple levels. As such, to help manage and focus the final monitoring and evaluation exercise, we request the consultant to focus on four key areas:
i. Evidencing to what extent outcomes and outputs, income and expenditure have been
ii. Facilitating and sharing learning from the partnership and programme delivery.
iii. Demonstrating value and impact of the programme and projects, including benefits delivered to individual members of the partnership in relation to corporate priorities.
iv. Supporting legacy planning, IFLI partnership next steps and building support for future
Download the brief to tender here. This document contains the full scope of services we are seeking, outlines key deadlines and budget and explains how to submit your tender return by 9am Monday 23rd April for our consideration.

Please direct any queries or enquiries to Tom Churchyard, the IFLI Programme Manager by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01324 831 568. Due to staff leave we are unable to answer any queries between 30th March and 8th April. Thank you. 

What do you think of Black Devon Wetlands?


Have you visited RSPB Black Devon Wetlands Nature Reserve? If so would you be able to spare a few minutes to let the RSPB know what you thought about it? Since the RSPB signed the lease for Black Devon Wetlands from Clackmannanshire council in 2015, major works have occurred to improve it for both wildlife and people. IFLI played a big part in getting the reserve up and running and have helped fund many of the projects on the reserve to aid in improving access and visitor experience, including the new and improved path network, the beautiful viewing screen and the new pond dipping platform.

The reserve has been ‘officially’ open for almost a whole year now, and with so many changes the RSPB would like to hear your thoughts. This quick survey will give them an idea of what they are doing right at RSPB Black Devon Wetlands and what they could improve on in the future. All surveys are completely anonymous and any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8JVSJQN

Image: The spectacular Black Devon Wetlands viewing screen. David Palmar/www.photoscot.co.uk

IFLI Events and Outreach Assistant says goodbye


Nicholas Reid, our IFLI Events and Outreach Assistant, who many people who have attended IFLI events will have met, has sadly now come to the end of his contract. He worked with us for 18 months as part of our Training Tomorrow's Talent project, which has allowed IFLI and our partners to employ a number of people at the beginning of their careers in natural and cultural heritage, to help kick-start their progress, and give them opportunities for training and experience.

Nicholas has been a fantastic member of the IFLI team, and will be very much missed by us all, not only for his excellent communications and organisational skills, but for his great sense of humour and early-morning coffee making! Writing about his time here, Nicholas says:

'I’ve very much enjoyed my time at IFLI – not only because I’ve been lucky enough to be part in such an interesting and important project, but because I’ve had countless opportunities to learn and develop, both professionally, in terms of my work experience, and personally, as I’ve learnt so much about the heritage and history at this part of the world. It’s given me a new way of looking at the area where I grew up, and has introduced me to places further afield. I can also now confidently identify up to four species of bird, which is actually a dramatic improvement from when I started. On top of this I’ve also had to chance to work with some excellent and passionate people; those in the IFLI team and in national organisations like the RSPB and local groups like Braveheart.

Although I am sad to be leaving, I’m looking forward to the next stage of my career, and can look back fondly at the last 18 months.'

We wish Nicholas all the very best for his future. He'll be an asset to any organisation that he works for, and we look forward to hearing how his career progresses.

Conference to connect citizen scientists across Scotland

Volunteer-led citizen science will be in the spotlight this February.  Citizen scientists are volunteers who keep and share records of some or all of the wildlife species that they see, to help inform conservation and environmental research.  The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) is partnering Buglife Scotland, Stirling Council and The Wildlife Information Centre to organise a conference called From Source to Resource: Making Biological Records Count, at Alloa Academy on Saturday 10 February. The event will look at the journey that wildlife records make between the recorder and species recording schemes, then onward to inform work to restore, conserve and save species and landscapes, and is aimed at recorders, verifiers and anyone interested in or working in the fields of biological recording, citizen science and environmental conservation in Scotland.

 Image: Paul Barclay/Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

This free conference will celebrate volunteer participation in monitoring the UK’s nature, help members of the biological recording community across Scotland to make connections, and provide updates from practitioners and projects in the area. There will be something for anyone involved in this field or who is interested in Scotland’s natural heritage. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Dr Mark Eaton will give a keynote talk on the recent State of Nature report, and the use of volunteer-generated data.  As well as the talks there will be morning and afternoon parallel break-out sessions ensuring that everyone, whether you are fascinated by birds or mammals, aquatic life or lichens, can feed their interests and develop new knowledge.

Within the programme, attendees will have time to browse a dedicated display area where you will be able to network, learn more about a wide range of wildlife recording schemes in Scotland, and find out how to get involved in a variety of ways.

The organisers are particularly keen to encourage volunteers and other people involved in biological recording and citizen science to attend, whether you contribute regular or ad-hoc wildlife records, act as a verifier or Vice County Recorder, or undertake fieldwork to further knowledge of sites. The day is also ideal for students and people who are new to wildlife recording and looking to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills. Tickets are free of charge for all attendees but advance booking is essential. 

Commenting on the conference, IFLI’s Community Engagement Officer, Kate Fuller said: ‘This conference, in the central belt of Scotland between the River Forth and the Ochil Hills, is an exciting way to share and celebrate the diversity of species that are found within Scotland, and to recognise the valuable work by volunteers and other practitioners who monitor and record the state of the natural world around us. The day will look at how records move between the recorder, verifier and are then available and used by organisations and practitioners who research or seek to restore and conserve species and landscapes. We invite you to join us for an enjoyable and eye-opening day.’

To find out more about the conference you can visit the IFLI website at http://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/eventscal/2014-11-04-09-43-23/16-recording-celebrating/740-from-source-to-resource or book your free place via the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/source-to-resource-making-biological-records-count-registration-41236199583 Details of the morning and afternoon parallel break-out sessions will be available in early January.