Another September full of fantastic free events has been announced, and you can find out all the details below!
Every September IFLI organise the Inner Forth Festival, a month of free events hosted by ourselves and our partners which aims to encourage people to enjoy and celebrate the natural, cultural and built heritage the Inner Forth Landscape offers - and 2017 is no different.
Whatever your age, interests or where you live, we have tried to make sure there is something for everyone this September. All the IFLI events are free to attend, thanks to the way we are funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We are very grateful to the huge range of organisations and volunteers that have made the Festival possible by organising, running and supporting the month's events/ We really couldn't do it without them!
The Festival kicks off, as it has done the past few years, with The Inner Forth From A New Perspective (fully booked, but with a waiting list available), a boat trip from South Queensferry to Kincardine and back again where we'll have a range of heritage experts discussing the work they've done with IFLI across the landscape over the past four years.
Heritage walks will be taking place throughout the month and across the area, including at Culross, Valleyfield, Kennetpans Distillery and Charlestown. Each walk will be led by a local expert, and allow you to explore the historical value of these Inner Forth settlements, and find out the role they played in shaping the history of the River.
The Valleyfield walks will also coincide with an exciting archaeological project which we are undertaking with the Valleyfield Heritage Initiative, AOC Archaeology and Fife Council to uncover the remains of the Estate's stable complex. It's a great opportunity for anyone who wants to try practical archaeological and excavation work.
We will also be continuing our series of popular wildlife ID workshops, where you can learn about Fungi with ecologist Ben Knowles, take part in two Survey Walks around important Inner Forth wildlife sites (Kinneil and Devilla), and go hunting for bats at Stirling University.
There's also a series of events at Black Devon Wetlands, the new RSPB reserve in Alloa. Head down there to learn about the habitats and future plans for the site, take in the views of the Reserve from King's Seat Hill, and bring the family down to explore the array of wildlife that calls the Wetlands home.
There are also a few chances to get creative, as we're holding a writing workshop, two photography and printmaking workshops, and a mini handloom weaving class.
That's just a quick overview of the Festival - check out our events calendar for more information and more events as they are added. We hope you join us this September to celebrate the unique history, wildlife and people of this great part of the world!
IFLI have launched a new online feature which will help you to get out and explore everything that the Inner Forth has to offer.
Our new interactive map gives you an overview of the huge variety of habitats, historical sites, walking routes and IFLI projects which have made the area so special.
Think of it as a hub for Inner Forth information. Using the 'Things to See' box on the upper right-hand side you can toggle different layers on and off to explore your specific interests; or you can zoom in on a specific area to see what is on your doorstep.
Clicking on any of the pointers or shaded areas on the map will give you a pop-up box like the one above, which has a quick intro to the feature, and a link to more information.
Follow the links above and have fun exploring the Inner Forth!