This project aims to work with farmers and land managers throughout the Inner Forth to help them find out more about the wildlife that uses their land. This will be achieved through bird surveys and conservation audits carried out largely by volunteers. This includes land around historic buildings.
The project also aims to help them to re-establish wildlife corridors, to create a landscape flourishing with biodiversity, by fencing, buffer strips and hedgerows, and working with local schools to erect and monitor bird boxes. Creating a better environment for nature also creates a more pleasant place for people to walk and cycle. The project also hopes to bring land managers together to share knowledge and experience.
Although Wildlife Connections will be running into 2017, there are already positive results around the Inner Forth landscape as a result of the programme. In April 2016 a new wildflower meadow was ploughed and sowed in the grounds of the Kinneil Estate, and should be flowering soon.
In March 2017 the first land managers' advisory event was held at Alloa Tower:
You can find the presentations from the day below:
Inner Forth Futurescapes - A Big Problem to a Big Solution (David Anderson, RSPB)
B-Lines - Creating Insect Pathways (Suzanne Burgess, Buglife)
Falkirk Wildlife Conservation Group (Lesley Sweeney, Falkirk Council)
Delph Pond Habitat Restoration (John Lamond, Delph Pond Forum)
Creating Green Roofs Around Falkirk (Jack Aitken, Falkirk Council)
Restoring Wetlands at Black Devon (Hannah Sharrat, RSPB Scotland)