This page collates a wealth of information from IFLI conferences, events, and activities that took place between May 2014 and September 2018, as well as educational resources, and reports and our programme-wide evaluations. For documents relating to the IFLI development phase between 2011 and 2014, please visit the Studies and Research page.
Explore the Inner Forth
Download the Go Forth booklet to discover more about the natural and historic heritage of the IFLI area. It suggests a number of places to explore and how to link them together for a day out. The image below shows you what to expect!
Our Explore the Forth app will help you discover more about the fascinating history, wildlife and stories around the Inner Forth. The app links to the nine Wanderings and Windings walking and cycling trails we co-created with local people in 2019 too. There's also a treasure trail quiz, with wildlife portraits you can only collect onsite. It's free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Why not try it today?
A wide range of films and animations produced during the four years of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative can be found on our YouTube channel. Please watch, enjoy, share and use!
The Countryside Training Partnership undertook two Monitoring & Evaluation Reviews of the IFLI Programme and Partnership. They looked at the outcomes and outputs that were achieved thanks to our HLF funding and support from partners, project leads, volunteers and communities around the Inner Forth. Each report provides a friendly 'critical eye' and identifies both where we exceeded or met expectations and where additional work or improvements would be of benefit.
- 2016: A Mid-Term Learning Review undertaken between April and June 2016.
- 2018: An IFLI Programme & Partnership-wide Monitoring & Evaluation Report undertaken over the summer. The full report or summary report showcase the combined successes and achievements of IFLI. This report also supported the IFLI partnership as it moved into a new phase with the completion of the four-year HLF funded programme of works. This new phase is called Inner Forth Futures.
- IFLI - The Power of Partnership, infographic booklet summarises our achievements.
- At our Visions to Actions conference in 2018, we asked participants "what makes a good partnership?" A short report on this workshop is downloadable here.
In 2018, our external evaluators said: "Since 2008, the Countryside Training Partnership has been lucky enough to work with over 30 different landscape partnerships at different stages of development and delivery throughout the United Kingdom. From our observations, discussions and assessment of the information presented within this evaluation, the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative demonstrates one of the best, if not the best, example of a partnership working together that we have encountered."
IFLI Project Resources
There were 54 projects that were part of IFLI programme. You can browse these via the Project Explorer, which contains links to the individual project pages. An end of project report for each project can be found within the 'downloads' section of the relevant project page.
In 2015 we produced a leaflet that detailed the projects within our portfolio at that point in time - please be aware that projects have been added or removed from the portfolio since this leaflet was produced and this website is the most accurate record of project activity.
Educational Resources for Schools
Looking to learn about the landscape with primary aged children? The Future Tides ‘education resource box’ contains fifteen lesson plans (download available on the Future Tides Legacy page of this website), a large-scale magnetic map of the Inner Forth areas and four resource packs themed around: mapping; wildlife; heritage; and problems and solutions. These resources are free to borrow, but we ask that you please replace any items that are lost or broken whilst in your care, thank you.
Additional lesson plans can be downloaded from the Future Tides page of this website. This 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.
Activities and resources from the Love Our Ladybird and Plant a Mini Orchard campaign, aspects of the Action for Nature project can be found on the Action for Nature page of this website.
Archaeology, Local History & Built Heritage of the Inner Forth
- Download training guides covering topics including use of GIS, desk-based research and field archaeology, from the Researching Your Local Heritage page of this website. Here, you can also view reports of digs and research that this project, supported by AOC Archaeology, undertook.
- A Tale of Two Estates: Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society reports covering the wealth of waggonways, lades, villages and harbours in the County can be found on the Tale of Two Estates page of this website or the CFSS website.
- Cambuskenneth Watergate & Harbour: Reports on the dig and initial finds, a technical report from AOC Archaeology and reports into mason's marks can be found on the Cambuskenneth Watergate & Harbour page of this website.
- Forth Crossings: Original research into the 'Port of Alloa' (Ian Middleton) and 'Culross: The Rise and Fall of a Royal Burgh' (Murray Baird) can be found on the Forth Crossings page of this website.
- Training Tomorrow's Talent: Copies of the five MSc dissertations that were supported through IFLI bursaries can be found on the Training Tomorrow's Talent page of this website.
Wildlife, Nature & Natural Heritage of the Inner Forth
- Tempted to get into wildlife recording, but not sure where to start? The Forth Nature Counts page of this website holds downloads of survey walks, how to use iRecord and suggestions of how to get into wildlife recording.
- On the Bings for Wildlife page you can download details of a standardised pollinator survey method. All free for you to use!
- Find out about the benefits of green roofs on the download section of the Glorious Green roofs project page of this website.
- Interested in exploring how creating more inter-tidal habitat and re-wetting bogs can benefit people and nature? The Skinflats Managed Realignment page of this website and Wetter Moss page of this website explains the processes that occurred.
- Training Tomorrow's Talent: Copies of the five MSc dissertations that were supported through IFLI bursaries can be found on the Training Tomorrow's Talent page of this website. Here you can also read about one trainee's study trip to Finland as part of the Erasmus+ funded Archnetwork.
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Events & Conferences
The IFLI team helped to devise, support and advertise hundreds of events between 2014 and 2018. Browse the events calendar to see what took place, or download leaflets from the September Inner Forth Festivals in 2017, 2016 or 2015.
VISIONS TO ACTIONS. IFLI Conference & Guided Projects Coach Tour, 16-17 August 2018. A free event on working with heritage, communities and partners at a landscape-scale. Download the Programme & Flyer. The report on the workshop entitled What makes a good partnership is downloadable here. Talks are downloadable as below:
|The Power of Partnership||Anne McCall, Director, RSPB Scotland|
|Landscape-scale work: HLF Past, Present and Future||Drew Bennellick, Head of Land and Nature, Heritage Lottery Fund|
|Engaging Communities in Decision Making||Gary Porter, Development Manager - Regeneration & Alex Downie, Development Manager - Enterprise & Training, Coalfields Regeneration Trust|
|Branding a Landscape||Susannah Bleakley, Chief Executive, Morcambe Bay Partnership|
|Community engagement in biological data recording||Roseanna Burton, Community Officer, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership|
|Delivering Water environment projects in a rural area||
Lynn Cassells, Land Management Officer, Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership
|Supporting local heritage priorities through a community grants scheme||Laura Traynor, Assistant Scheme Manager, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership|
|Working on and off the HES estate to conserve built heritage||David Borthwick, District Architect, Historic Environment Scotland|
|Training Tomorrow's Talent: A skills legacy||Lizzy Cairns, Programme Assistant, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative|
|Delivering a Central Scotland Green Network||Emilie Wadsworth, Deputy Head of Strategic Development, Central Scotland Green Network Trust|
|Telling the Inner Forth Story||Sue Walker, Communications Officer, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative|
THE INNER FORTH: NEW CONNECTIONS FOR NATURE, HISTORY AND PEOPLE. 11 November 2017. Downloads of talks are unavailable, but you can view the list of speakers and topics on the Forth Naturalist & Historian website.
WILDLIFE CONNECTIONS: LINKING POLLINATOR-RICH HABITATS ACROSS THE INNER FORTH. 23 March 2017. Talks can be downloaded from the Wildlife Connections page of this website.
DEFEATING THE INVADERS: A CONFERENCE ON INVASIVE NON-NATIVE SPECIES. 14 September 2016. Download the programme and flyer. Talks, case studies and videos can be downloaded from the event page of this website.
THE INNER FORTH: FORMED BY NATURE, SHAPED BY PEOPLE. 15 November 2014. Downloads of talks are unavailable, but you can view the list of speakers and topics on the Forth Naturalist & Historian website.
A number of papers that arose from IFLI projects have been printed in the Forth Naturalist & Historian Journal, volumes 38 onwards. Details of the Journal and how to purchase copies can be found on the Forth Naturalist & Historian website.