The secrets of Higgins Neuk

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Lecture at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.

Tickets £5 (£4 for Friends) at the door, include tea/coffee and biscuits

Elinor Graham, a coastal archaeologist from the University of St Andrews and the SCAPE Trust, will talk about the hidden history of Higgins Neuk, which lies on the Forth between Airth and the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The project, which was part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, investigated the possibility that this area was the site of King James IV’s royal dockyard, where some of the biggest ships in Europe were maintained and repaired. The King’s flagship, the Great Michael is thought to have docked there before setting off to the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

From the search for a royal dockyard this project developed into a multi-faceted community investigation of a maritime landscape.  This talk will present some of the results and examine how this small site represents many of the aspects of the development of the wider Inner Forth estuary.

Learn how to ID and record butterflies

Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Want to know your Red Admiral from your Small Tortoiseshell? Join Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Stirling Rangers on this free workshop to learn how to identify and record butterflies! This event will be suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to those with a bit more experience. You’ll spend the morning indoors learning about butterflies, then go outside in the afternoon to see the recording route at Plean Country Park.
 
It’s hoped that attendees will go on to help with recording butterflies, either in their own areas or at Plean Country Park or Fallin Bing.
 
The event will take place at the Walled Garden of Plean Country Park between 10am and 3pm, with time for lunch. If you are only able to make it for part of the day you would still be welcome to attend.
Booking is required. Email Anthony on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01786 459811 (leave a message if there is no answer).
 
There is also a Facebook listing for this event, if you'd like to share it. https://www.facebook.com/events/341933199983474/ 
 
This event is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage.
 

Wanderings and Windings Co-Creation Workshop

Monday, May 20, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Inner Forth Futures has received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 for an exciting heritage project, called Wanderings and Windings. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the creation of eight heritage trails around Stirling, Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire, encouraging people to explore the wildlife and history of this unique landscape at the heart of Scotland.

The project, with a total value of £67,000, aims to work closely with local communities around the Inner Forth to develop a suite of eight, day-long, waymarked and promoted walks and cycles. They will use existing paths and tracks to encourage local people and visitors to the area to explore the landscape and discover some of the many hidden gems to be found around the Inner Forth. These might include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks or simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

We have now appointed Ian White Associates to help us to develop and deliver the ‘Wanderings and Windings’. Initially this will be through co-design volunteering sessions that will ensure that routes are developed with and for local communities. Each trail will guide people around the landscape using and linking pre-existing routes, networks and transport options with stops at interpreted heritage features. They will ‘join the dots’ between heritage features and be waymarked on the ground by simple bespoke roundels. Bespoke printed and digital trail guides will enable users to explore the routes and learn about, experience and interpret the heritage of the Inner Forth.

The co-design workshops will be held at eight locations around the Inner Forth, and we would be delighted if readers, their families, friends or colleagues could come along to one or more of them. These will be drop-in sessions designed to give people the opportunity to express their own ideas and suggestions for their favourite routes, destinations and highlights of the Inner Forth landscape. 

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone 01324 831568.

Wanderings and Windings Co-Creation Workshop

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event does not repeat

Inner Forth Futures has received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 for an exciting heritage project, called Wanderings and Windings. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the creation of eight heritage trails around Stirling, Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire, encouraging people to explore the wildlife and history of this unique landscape at the heart of Scotland.

The project, with a total value of £67,000, aims to work closely with local communities around the Inner Forth to develop a suite of eight, day-long, waymarked and promoted walks and cycles. They will use existing paths and tracks to encourage local people and visitors to the area to explore the landscape and discover some of the many hidden gems to be found around the Inner Forth. These might include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks or simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

We have now appointed Ian White Associates to help us to develop and deliver the ‘Wanderings and Windings’. Initially this will be through co-design volunteering sessions that will ensure that routes are developed with and for local communities. Each trail will guide people around the landscape using and linking pre-existing routes, networks and transport options with stops at interpreted heritage features. They will ‘join the dots’ between heritage features and be waymarked on the ground by simple bespoke roundels. Bespoke printed and digital trail guides will enable users to explore the routes and learn about, experience and interpret the heritage of the Inner Forth.

The co-design workshops will be held at eight locations around the Inner Forth, and we would be delighted if readers, their families, friends or colleagues could come along to one or more of them. These will be drop-in sessions designed to give people the opportunity to express their own ideas and suggestions for their favourite routes, destinations and highlights of the Inner Forth landscape. 

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone 01324 831568.

Wanderings & Windings 2nd Stage Design Workshop

Monday, June 24, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Join Inner Forth Futures and Ian White Associates Landscape Architects to share your views on the proposed Wandering and Winding routes, which have originated from public sessions held during May 2019.

Come along to this free drop in event at Stirling ALbert Halls (Dumbarton Road, FK8 2QL) to comment on the draft routes. Events are also being held at three other locations, check the IFF events calendar for more details.

To keep up to date with the Wanderings and Windings project you can join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WanderingsandWindings

Stirling Festival of Cycling & Walking

Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Stirling Festival of Cycling and Walking is back for 2019, with a fun filled day of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. The annual event organised by Stirling Active Travel Hub will take place at Stirling High School, Torbrex Farm Rd, Stirling FK8 2PA, on Sunday 11th August from 10am - 4pm.

Find out more at http://www.stirlingactivetravelhub.org/events-calendar/festival-cycling-and-walking/

Topping the bill are The Clan, Scotland’s cycle stunt team. They’ll perform death-defying stunts, from crazy flips to big drops at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

There’ll also be lots of opportunities for families to test out their own cycling skills, from taking part in the Pedal for Parkinson’s charity bike ride, which kicks off at 8am, to tackling bike tracks suitable for kids of all ages.

Families are also encouraged to bring along their own bikes for expert advice and bike safety checks by Recyke-a-Bike’s Dr Bike.

The event is offering a wide range of tasters to inspire everyone, of all ages and abilities, to get more active. It will have everything from balance bike activities for the little tots and e-bike trials for adults who want to boost their pedal power, to led bike rides and a pump track where you can tackle bumps and jumps. There will be adaptive bikes from Get Out Get Active which is is a fun, friendly and inclusive project which aims to get people, of all ages and abilities, active within their community.

There’ll also be a chance to try out Nordic Walking with a trained instructor, sample food from local producers, go on a nature walk and show off your football skills in the pop-up football pen. And as if that’s not enough, they also have a free bouncy castle, free face painting, storytelling sessions and the GIST road safety truck to explore!

  • E-bike and adaptive bike trials
  • Face painting, bouncy castle and storytelling   
  • Nordic walking with Active Stirling
  • Balanceability
  • Pump track
  • Led bike rides
  • Led nature walks

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Seabirds count: Taking stock of the seabirds of Britain and Ireland - SOC talk

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SOC's first talk of the season takes place on Thursday 3 October, when you will have the opportunity to hear from Daisy Burnell on the importance of seabird monitoring. 

As an island nation, our links to the sea and its inhabitants have always been strong. With a constant connection between the land and the rolling waves, it's no surprise that seabirds have been, and still are, the muse for both the arts and sciences alike. However, it's no secret that some of our resident breeding seabird populations are under increasing strain.

Daisy will describe the importance of regular monitoring at a sample of seabird colonies and explain how the data collected can help identify robust trends and thereby highlight problems. She will also tell us about why projects such as Seabirds Count are required to add context and how they can help uncover why change might be happening.

Censuses give us a unique opportunity, not only to understand population changes across time, but also on a spatial scale - Daisy will demonstrate how the knowledge garnered allows a greater insight into the relationship between our seabird populations and the pressures they face and how ultimately, this knowledge might allow us to mitigate their effects.

Finally Daisy will describe how such a large project is being delivered, and what the 2019 season brought in terms of challenges and results.

Speaker:
Daisy Burnell is currently the project coordinator for Britain and Ireland’s breeding seabird census, Seabirds Count. She works in partnership with 18 organisations, who together form the Seabird Monitoring Programme Partnership. Her love of birds has been lifelong, but it wasn’t until Daisy fully realised the complexity of the pressures seabirds are facing, that she was inspired to pursue a career in their conservation. 

Venue:
The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT (click here for a map of the surrounding area and for directions).

Contact:
Neil Bielby, Branch Secretary by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 01786 823 830. 

Please note: 
We ask attendees for a small donation of £2 SOC members (£3 non members) to cover the cost of refreshments and room hire.

Abbey Craig Survey and Excavation Training

All day
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23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October

A training and research project to record the outer rampart of the Abbey Craig Early Medieval hillfort and to explore the potential for an access track.

Open to all, more details and booking from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abbey Craig Survey and Excavation Training

All day
This event does not repeat

23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October

A training and research project to record the outer rampart of the Abbey Craig Early Medieval hillfort and to explore the potential for an access track.

Open to all, more details and booking from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abbey Craig Survey and Excavation Training

All day
This event does not repeat

23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October

A training and research project to record the outer rampart of the Abbey Craig Early Medieval hillfort and to explore the potential for an access track.

Open to all, more details and booking from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abbey Craig Survey and Excavation Training

All day
This event does not repeat

23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October

A training and research project to record the outer rampart of the Abbey Craig Early Medieval hillfort and to explore the potential for an access track.

Open to all, more details and booking from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Talk: The Landscape and Legacies of Coal

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A Stirling Local History Society talk by Miles Oglethorpe. All Welcome. Members free. Visitors £2.50. More information at www.stirling-lhs.org

Talk: Our Catchment-wide Work on the Allan Water

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A Scottish Wildlife Trust Stirling and Clackmannanshire Group talk from the Forth Rivers Trust. More information at www.swtstirling.org.uk

Talk: Stirling Literary Women (1770-1830)

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A Stirling Local History Society talk by Dorothy Wilson and Robert Ritchie, discussing Elizabeth Hamilton, Helen Graham and Mrs Anne Grant of
Laggan. All welcome. Members free. Visitors £2.50. More information at www.stirling-lhs.org

Talk: Bat conservation

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A Scottish Wildlife Trust Stirling and Clackmannanshire Group talk from Liz Ferrell, Scottish Officer, Bat Conservation Trust. More information at www.swtstirling.org.uk

AGM and talk

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A Scottish Wildlife Trust Stirling and Clackmannanshire Group meeting. Short AGM at 7.15pm followed at 7.30pm by SWT Stirling and Clacks SWT - Looking Back Over the Last 20 Years from Roy Sexton, retiring Chairman of SWT Stirling and Clacks. More information at www.swtstirling.org.uk

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