Future Tides

Deanburn Primary at Kinneil Local Nature Reserve in Bo'ness birdwatching in comfort, March 2016 (Miranda Shephard)

Between 2014 and 2017, the Future Tides project engaged school children and their teachers with the changing landscape and wildlife of the Inner Forth in order to build a greater understanding of why the landscape is shaped like it is, and how it may change in the future. The RSPB and IFLI partnership also wanted to build a connection between the pupils, their local community and the nature that surrounds them, encouraging them to take ownership of its future. Over this time, a dedicated RSPB learning officer worked with a total of nine classes from six different Inner Forth primary schools, both in the classroom and outdoors, exploring the landscape on their doorstep and further afield within the Inner Forth. 

Browse the documents section of this webpage to read the final project report and lesson plans used during the project. You are welcome to use these resources with your class.

You can read more about the first year of the project here.

Park Primary being welcomed to Blackness Castle by Graeme from Historic Environment Scotland, September 2015 (Miranda Shephard)

In IFLI's final year (2017-18), we also developed a teacher information pack and resources so that teachers and their classes can go on discovering, exploring and learning about the Inner Forth in the future: Click here to read more about this and download the teacher's pack.

A fantastic animation called 'The Inner Forth - Formed by Nature, Shaped by People' has also been created through the project. You can watch it here.

Bo'ness Public Primary exploring the shore, collecting shells and looking for birds at Blackness, September 2016 (Miranda Shephard)
Deanburn Primary at Kinneil Local Nature Reserve recreating the shoreline using a rope and natural materials, March 2016 (Miranda Shephard)