IFLI Programme Manager (maternity cover)

Would you like to work for the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative to help us achieve our vision? We are advertising for an IFLI Programme Manager to work with us for up to a year while our existing manager Kate Studd is on maternity leave. Working with colleagues in a wide range of organisations, the successful candidate will be managing the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk) during the third year of delivery. They will oversee our 50 projects, and manage scheme staff, trainees and volunteers.

If you would like to apply for the post you'll need to be well organised and methodical, with strong skills in partnership working, communication, project and budget management, and have the drive and vision needed to deliver. This is a maternity cover post, reporting to a partnership board, and secondments will also be considered.

To find out more about the job please go to the RSPB's vacancy page: http://www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies/details/411609-inner-forth-landscape-initiative-programme-manager-maternity-cover

Fantastic opportunity for an Interpretive Designer to help us Tell the Story of the Inner Forth

RSPB Scotland wishes to contract a single agency or group of agencies to undertake the detailed planning, design, manufacture and installation of interpretation materials on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI), a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme. 
Landscape-wide interpretation is to be developed as an output of ‘Telling the Inner Forth Story’, a far-reaching IFLI project to help people reconnect with the very special but sometimes overlooked historic, cultural and natural heritage of the Inner Forth. Working with local people and communities, and using a range of interpretation methods and media, the project aims to ensure that the Inner Forth landscape is recognised by everyone as an important and intrinsic part of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage. 
The outputs of this contract will include outdoor interpretive materials, digital interpretation, a mobile pop-up exhibition, a printed publication and a style guide for potential future work undertaken by project partners within the Initiative area.
The overall budget for the development, production and installation of interpretive media set out above is currently envisaged to be £250,000, inclusive of professional fees and exclusive of VAT. 
Deadline for submissions is 15th January 2016.
Full details about this opportunity and all documentation are available on the Public Contracts Scotland website: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=NOV226783

New meadow will create a buzz at Bo’ness Station

The RSPB's Dan Brown helps prepare the ground for the wildflower meadow. Photo David Palmar/www.photoscot.co.uk

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway has joined up with theIFLI to create a new wildflower meadow that will make Bo’ness Station and Museum of Scottish Railways a haven for wildlife and a beautiful place for people to visit by next summer.

The work is taking place as part of IFLI’s RSPB-led Wildlife Connections project, which works with landowners around the inner Forth to help them make their land better for wildlife.  The meadow is being planted because we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows in the UK since the 1930s, with a massive 40% lost in Scotland in just over 20 years to 2005. As a result we have also lost more than two thirds of our wild bees, butterflies and other insects, which rely on this once-common habitat to nest and feed. As these creatures are also vital pollinators of the crops that we need to feed ourselves, it is crucial that we find ways to bring back our wildflowers.

Working in partnership with the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, IFLI has planted a wildflower meadow along the path to the entrance of the museum.  It hopes to plant more around Bo’ness station in spring next year. Beyond the benefits this will provide to our native plants and animals, at the height of summer - when wildflowers are in full bloom - the riot of colour and the buzz and hum of the insects will provide a stunning display that should delight visitors to the museum.

The RSPB’s David Anderson said:  “It is great to be working with Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (BKR) to create new wildflower meadows around Bo’ness station. The meadows will look spectacular when they are in bloom, but even more importantly, the Railway will be making a significant contribution to improving the site for the bees, butterflies and other wildlife that are having such a hard time at the moment. We hope that through working with us, BKR will help to show other landowners the benefits of creating these wildlife meadows for people and wildlife. We would be delighted to hear from any other landowners or managers around the Inner Forth area who would like to find out more about how they too can create a meadow.”

Julia Stephen of the Bo’ness & Kinneil Raiway, added: ‘We’re pleased to be part of this project and can’t wait for Spring to see the wildflower meadows start to grow.’

To find out more about the Wildlife Connections project please contact David Anderson, RSPB Futurescapes Officer, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 01324 832853.

To find out more about Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look at their website, www.bkrailway.com

Wetter is better at Wester Moss!

A nature reserve near Fallin is now even better for wildlife thanks to work that has been carried out by Butterfly Conservation Scotland through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

If you have visited Butterfly Conservation Scotland’s nature reserve at Wester Moss, near Fallin, recently you will have noticed the surprising sight of a large orange digger in the middle of the bog! It’s not something you expect to see on a nature reserve, but this digger was working very much for the benefit of the wildlife of Wester Moss.

The digger has created a 500m bund that sweeps round the southern edge of the Moss in a large arc. The bund will help to stop water from draining away – and it is water that’s essential to the health of lowland raised bogs like Wester Moss. Butterfly Conservation Scotland hopes that by making the Moss wetter it will encourage more sphagnum mosses, the building blocks of the bog, to grow, and prevent trees and scrub from invading and shading out this vital ingredient of this rare habitat. This in turn will encourage the wildlife that relies on it to flourish, including rare butterflies and moths like large heath butterfly.

The work was co-funded by IFLI, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Ecoco LIFE (funded by the European Community). You can find out more  on IFLI’s website at www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk, and at Butterfly Conservation Scotland's website

Photo courtesy of David Palmar/www.photoscot.co.uk

Over 1000 people enjoy first Inner Forth Festival

The inaugural Inner Forth Festival came to a close at the end of September, bringing to an end our month long celebration of the fantastic people and magnificent landscape that we have the privilege of living among. It was a hectic few weeks but also immensely enjoyable, with a huge range of events showcasing what the area has to offer and just why it’s so special. From the amazing launch event, cruising up the river on the Maid of the Forth, to the spectacular surroundings of Culross Palace where we brought the  festival to a close searching for bats amidst the buildings of the historic town.

The festival was a mix of practical hands-on experiences, talks, walks, conferences and training events, which focused on the natural world, history, heritage and culture. There was something for every age group and every ability level, whether you were a budding naturalist out for a bug hunt, a walker or cyclist enjoying your first jaunt around a new area, or a seasoned expert discussing meadow creation or the best way to interpret ancient artefacts.

Of course it’s not a proper festival if you come home clean, so there were also plenty of chances for people to get their hands dirty with RSPB conservation volunteering, scrub bashing at Kinneil Lagoons, a beach clean, and a range of options to try your hand at archaeological research techniques – something 196 volunteers and 280 schoolchildren did during the two week dig at Cambuskenneth Abbey.

Overall, over 1000 people attended the 27 events we included in our promotional leaflet, impressive numbers for a newborn festival!


Photo David Palmar/www.photoscot.co.uk