Practical Conservation Trainees

Seven young people from Falkirk have just started work as practical conservation trainees thanks to a programme supported through IFLI.

The new trainees are the second group to go through the IFLI programme and are engaged and managed through Falkirk Council’s Employment Training Unit. They are supervised day-to-day by TCV Scotland.

During the 13-week IFLI landscape management programme the trainees will be doing practical, work-based training ranging from path maintenance to clearing overgrown scrub, all aimed at increasing their employability. Much of the day-to-day work will be on IFLI project sites throughout the Inner Forth area, including Kinneil Foreshore Local Nature Reserve in Falkirk, and Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s Wester Moss nature reserve in Stirling, where they split their time in the first week.

Through their work trainees will play an important role helping to protect and care for key wildlife and historic sites around the Inner Forth, as well as increasing their skills and knowledge. By completing the Falkirk Employability Award and other recognised training, each trainee on completion of the 13-week programme will build on their positive experiences to support their progression onto further training and employment.

Commenting on the scheme, Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer said, “The Landscape Management Trainee project showcases how well our IFLI projects, which are all funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, work together to help conserve, enhance and celebrate the Inner Forth’s landscape. By giving local trainees hands-on experience of working on IFLI’s natural and cultural heritage project sites, we want people to see that these sites not only help tell the story of the landscape, but are places that can be used and appreciated by the community. These places all benefit from careful management, and are ideal sites to help the trainees to develop a range of skills in land and access management.”

Councillor Dennis Goldie, spokesperson for Economic Development at Falkirk Council, said, “This initiative is another excellent example of our work with partners, to help create new and diverse opportunities for young people to gain new skills and experience to help them in their journey towards sustainable employment.”

If you have any enquiries about this IFLI project, please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01324 831 568.

Forth nature really does count!

Forth Nature Counts is a new IFLI project that gives local people the chance to turn their everyday enjoyment of wildlife into something that can really make a difference for nature.

Through the project IFLI is inviting local people with an interest in wildlife to record what they see through an online recording scheme called iRecord. These records will help to build a clearer picture of the wildlife that can be found in the Inner Forth area, and will be used by conservation scientists to study how well – or badly – our plants and animals are doing. To find out how to get started you can visit the IFLI website at www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/projects/recording-celebrating/forth-nature-counts.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a wildlife expert, as IFLI has been working with a number of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and partner organisations to develop a programme of FREE nature identification and survey skills workshops for 2015.

Kate Fuller, IFLI’s Community Engagement Officer commented, "Winter is a great time to get outside and see what wildlife you can find in your garden, local greenspace or by the riverside. Through the IFLI Forth Nature Counts project we want to encourage people to discover the nature of the Inner Forth at all times of year. We hope our expert-led workshops will give people the confidence and enthusiasm to identify species and share their records of local wildlife with us on the IFLI iRecord form."

The programme features trees, moths, birds, bugs and bioblitzs! No prior knowledge or specialist equipment is needed to attend the workshops. Sessions are open to all and free of charge thanks to the way that IFLI is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Spaces are still available for the 11th February Winter Tree ID at Gartmorn Dam led by Emilie Wadsworth of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT). Bookings for other workshops will open at the end of January. To see what is on offer, you can visit the IFLI Events Calendar or the Forth Nature Counts webpage where you can find all the listings in one place. 

New job vacancy at IFLI

Interpretation Officer - Inner Forth Landscape Initiative - RSPB Scotland

We are looking for an an excellent project manager, with strong communication and partnership working skills, to join the IFLI team based at RSPB Skinflats Nature Reserve, near Grangemouth. You will also need enthusiasm, vision and creativity to lead this important component of our wider programme of landscape improvement. Working closely with the Communications Officer, and with a wide range of organisations and community groups, you will oversee the project, and manage the contracts for delivery of a suite of engaging and effective landscape-wide interpretation. The role will raise the profile of the important heritage of the Inner Forth, the Initiative and ways that people can get involved. 

This project is a partnership between Clackmannanshire Council, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Falkirk Council, Historic Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Stirling Council and Sustrans. The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is a Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Salary

£20,000 to £22,000 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Part time, 15 hours per week
Contract: 2 year Contract
Replacement post: No

We will also consider applications from contractors with the appropriate skills and availability.

Closing date: 13 February 2015
Interview date: 23 February 2015

How to apply

For complete details of this post (including an application form) please download an application pack. When you return the application form, ensure that you include reference number A4540115 on any correspondence.

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Who to contact

For questions about this post
Zoë Clelland
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0141 331 9085

Send application forms to
Clare Bunyard
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RSPB Scotland, South and West Scotland Regional Office, 10 Park Quadrant, Glasgow, G3 6BS, 0141 331 9089

Make your wildlife watching count!

If you enjoy spotting wildlife around the Inner Forth, there’s a new way to make those sightings help make a difference for nature in our area. The IFLI Forth Nature Counts project aims to help give a clearer picture of the wildlife that can be found in the Forth, through the IFLI iRecord scheme

By logging your wildlife sightings on the really easy-to-use on-line form, you will not only get an instant ‘dot’ on the map showing your sighting, but you’ll be able to see what other people in the area have spotted too. Over time you can build up a bank of your own records to look back on. Even more importantly, your records will play a part in building a much more complete and accurate picture of the natural heritage found throughout the Inner Forth area, and help organisations that use this ‘biological data’ to help protect our wildlife and the habitats it depends on. So it would be great if you would give the Inner Forth iRecord Form a go and share it with others.

But what happens once you have entered your records via the Inner Forth iRecord form? Essentially all inputted records are automatically checked and recorders will be made aware of any queries. Don’t think you’ve necessarily got it wrong if you receive one of these messages – it just means the species you think you saw may not be regularly seen at that time of year, or in that place, so the computer highlights that it needs verifying. It’s not all computer wizardry – additional checking is undertaken by humans – which is why IFLI are working with Buglife Scotland, who are doing that verifying and then submitting the data to the National Biodiversity Network Gateway . The NBN Gateway holds over 100 million records from around the UK – your record will contribute to this amazing resource!

If you are confident in identifying a species or taxa and could be tempted by volunteering as a verifier, do get in touch to find out more.

If you have any queries about  the IFLI iRecord scheme please feel free to contact Kate or Paul at IFLI on 01324 831 568 for more details. We have created a prompt card to help you remember your log-in details. You can download your own copy at http://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/projects/recording-celebrating/forth-nature-counts

To help get you started, we are busy planning a series of wildlife ID and species survey skills workshops for 2015. They will all be free thanks to our funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund! Booking is now open for our two February sessions, but many more will follow in the New Year e-newsletter:

Booking is essential and places are limited. Please book via Kate Fuller, or Paul Barclay, on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discover the Secret Life of Devilla Forest

As part of IFLI's Like the Back of My Hand programme, which aims to help reconnect people with the natural world, we are inviting local people to join Laura Kubasiewicz, from Stirling Council, and Johanna Willi, of Fife Council, for a free guided walk to discover the secret life of Devilla Forest, near Kincardine in Fife. They are both very knowledgeable about mammals, and will be helping us find out how to spot the tracks and signs of the secretive red squirrels, foxes, pine martens, badgers and deer who share the forest with you. We may even be lucky enough to see some of them!

The event will be held on 2 December from 9-11am.  Meet at the Red Squirrel Walk car park on the A985. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Contact Sue Walker at IFLI, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01324 831568 for more details and to book your place. Booking is advisable as places are limited. The paths can be muddy after rain so please wear suitable footwear!

 
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