Calling all local artists and photographers!

Tower and the Ochils from Skinflats, by Katherine Cowtan.

 

IFLI has recently launched a new virtual gallery to showcase the rich heritage of the Inner Forth, and we are looking for local artists and photographers to help fill it.

There are four categories in the gallery - wildlife; landscape; people; and built heritage, which together emcompass the spectacular and fascinating Inner Forth landscape, and its rich natural, cultural and historic heritage.

You can view the gallery here, and see the work of people who were also inspired by our landscape. If you are an artist or photographer, and would like to feature your work in these galleries, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will showcase any appropriate work in the gallery, limited to 5 images per person, together with a credit card and your website or contact details.

Forth Valley Orchard May Blossom Week

This May sees the end of Fruitful Communities,  and a series of events across the Inner Forth will ensure the work of the project continues to bloom.   

Led by the Forth Valley Orchard Initiative, Fruitful Communities has been working with local people to help them get the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to maintain the orchard resource of the Inner Forth in the long-term.

On Saturday 13 May Kennentpans Distillery will host the Family Tree Blossoming Day (follow the link to book) in the plum orchard there, and will include craft activities, Citizen Science guides, an Orchardeering Quiz Trail, and time to explore the space and enjoy the views of the Forth that it offers.

This is followed on the Sunday by a family fun day at Riverside Community Orchard, which will also have the Quiz Trail, as well as a photo competition and various craft activities. There is no need to book for this event, which takes place 11:30am - 3:00pm.

The weekend caps off a full week of events around the Inner Forth, where FVOI will have worked with school children on a whole host of fun activities designed to connect them with their local orchards. You can find out about the full range of events here

Fruitful Communities is an IFLI project intended to expand on the work as part of the Fruitful Landscape project.

The Forth Valley Orchard Initiative is part of the Forth Environment Link.

First steps in Grangemouth restorations

The first weekend in May will see a range of community events taking place at Zetland Park in Grangemouth, centred around the digital reconstruction of the historic town clock tower.

The clock tower was disassembled after the Old Town Chambers was destroyed in a fire and has since been kept in storage. To enchance its chances of being rebuilt, IFLI will be working with AOC Archaeology, Falkirk Council and a number of community groups (including EARL, Friends of Zetland Park and Grangemouth Heritage Trust). We'll be bringing the pieces of the clock to Zetland Park over the weekend of 6 and 7 may to allow them to digitally scanned, photographed and archived. This will then go to creating a 3D model of how the tower should be reconstructed. This will form an important part of a future bid to secure funding for the wider regeneration of the Park itself, and will give volunteers a chance to be part of an exciting and unique project, as well as gaining a variety of hands-on experiences in photography, restoration and digital cataloguing.

All the spaces for volunteers on the day are now fully booked, but everyone is very welcome to come down to the park and find out more about the restoration.

And that's not all - between 11:00am and 3:00pm on Sunday 7th May the Friends of Zetland Park will be hosting a community networking event. Come along to find out more about what's going on in your local area; there will be lots of fun activities at the stalls as well as face-painting and wildlife ID walks. 

For more information please contact IFLI's Kirsty McAlister on 01324 831568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Black Devon Wetlands Family Fun Day

Join IFLI and the RSPB for a day of family fun to celebrate the launch of the new Nature Reserve Black Devon Wetlands in Alloa.

Saturday 22 April will see a whole range of great events for kids - a story-telling workshop, bug hotel-building and hunts, a scavenger hunt, and the chance to explore the new site and viewing structure. There will be the oppurtunity to learn more about what makes this site an important part of the Inner Forth landscape. 

The family fun day takes place 10am-3pm, and is free of charge. There is no need to book, so you can just head along at any time through the day.

Since the RSPB took over the lease for the Clackmannanshire wetland site in 2015 they have been working not only to improve the natural habitat for wildlife, but also to make the area a vital resource for the local community.

Even if you can't make it on the 22nd, the Wetlands are free to access at any time. 

For more information on the site and what wildlife you can find there please visit the RSPB website.

How to get there

By bike: The nearest Sustrans route is no. 76 (Round the Forth)

By train: Alloa train station is approximately 2.5km away. From the A907 take Auld Brig Road. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Greenside Street. Turn left into Broad Street. Turn left on to Bowhouse Road. Turn left onto Riverside View, the reserve can be reach via the public footpath at the end of Riverside View.

By bus: The nearest bus stop is on Bowhouse Road, this is on the Tillicoutry to Glenochil route (C2). From the stop, turn into Riverside View and take the public footpath at the end of Riverside View.

By road: From the A907 take the Auld Brig Road, at the roundabout take the second exit onto Greenside Street. Turn left into Broad Street. Turn left onto Bowhouse Road. There is currently no designated parking for the reserve but there is limited parking in the small car park at the junction of the Bowhouse Road and Riverside View. The postcode for sat-navs is FK10 1BZ. This is a residential area, so please park responsibly.  There are several larger car parks in Alloa town centre including Candleriggs and Ring-Road East car parks which are only short walks from the Wetlands entrance.

RSPB hold event to help local landowners protect Inner Forth wildlife

The RSPB and IFLI are hosting a free event in March to get people involved in creating new wildlife habiats of all sizes across the Inner Forth area.

'Wildlife Connections: Linking Wildlife-Rich Habitats Across The Inner Forth' is the perfect event for any landowner who wants to do their bit to help make the Inner Forth a better place for nature. This one-day event will feature a mixture of talks from community groups, land managers, charities, and local authorities explaining what they have done to help wildlife on their land and why. 

Bothkennar, an important Inner Forth area for birds. Photo: Kate Fuller

There will also be practical workshops with advice on managing specific types of habitats, including woodland, wetland and wildflower meadows, and oppurtunities to talk to a range of experts and highlight projects you may want to take forward, or areas where you may need assistance. 

RSPB Futurescapes Officer David Anderson said: "We are very excited to be hosting this event as part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. It is vital that we all do our bit to help give nature a home in the Inner Forth and this event provides a fantastic oppurtunity for landowners from a range of sectors to learn what they can do to help wildlife on their land. It is sure to be a fun, interesting and enjoyable day."

Wildlife Connections will take place on Thursday 23rd March from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Alloa Tower. Booking can be made through the Eventbrite page for the event or by contacting the IFLI Office on 01324 831568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets are free and lunch is provided. 

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