Studies & Research

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative - Development Studies & Research

A series of studies were commissioned by the IFLI partnership and informed the development of the Stage 2 bid and Landscape Conservation Action Plan submitted to HLF under the Landscape Partnership Scheme programme in November 2013. The research undertaken through the studies improved our understanding of the landscape and heritage of the Inner Forth and the development of specific projects.

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Valuing the Inner Forth, 2011-2014

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This research project used mixed economic and non-economic techniques to understand the value of the Inner Forth to community representatives and key stakeholders of landscape. Objectives included:
  • To analyse the economic value of key ecosystem service benefits of the Inner Forth landscape and environment
  • To understand how local communities perceive the Inner Forth landscape, what places and features are most valued and how management could be improved
Jasper Kenter, University of Aberdeen

Landscape Study, 2012

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To compile and produce a landscape character assessment of the whole landscape, linking the evolution of the landscape to its current condition; identifying threats and opportunities and informing the Scheme boundary. Land Use Consulting

Audience Analysis, 2012

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To understand the interests and attitudes of people who live, work and play in the area (generate a baseline). To help define current and potential audiences and target groups and recommend how to encourage and engage new audiences. Wingspan Consulting & FlyontheWall

Phase 1 Habitat Study, 2012

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To provide up to date baseline on the distribution of semi-natural habitats and land use across the landscape, to inform opportunities to enhance the conservation of the area’s natural heritage. Central Environmental Surveys

Woodland & Designed Landscape Study, 2013

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A detailed study focusing on mapping baseline information about the historic and current nature and distribution of woodland, hedgerows, shelterbelts and designed landscape features. Identify opportunities to restore and maintain the landscape character and biodiversity of the area. Ironside Farrar

Interpretation Masterplan, 2013

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To identify and develop key thematic stories to be told about the landscape and provide an innovative and integrated set of interpretation ideas and solutions that can be implemented during the delivery period. Touchstone Heritage Consulting, Red Kite, Bright 3D, AmaSing

Wetland Study, 2013

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To undertake hydrological, topographical and contaminated land surveys at three potential wetland restoration sites within reclaimed areas. Kaya Consulting Ltd.

Peatland Restoration at Wester Moss Study, 2013

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To undertake a topographic study and site observation to inform the design of a project to increase water retention on Wester Moss SSSI.  Aspect Surveys / Frank Mawby

Skills Audit for Local Heritage Groups, 2013

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To review the priorities and interests of local heritage groups in relation to IFLI’s project ideas, their existing knowledge and skills, and their support and training needs to effectively participate in project delivery. Northlight Heritage

Formal Cultural Heritage Training Opportunities for the  Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, 2013

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To identify opportunities for the Initiative to work more closely with training providers in and around the IFLI area by creating specific training and research opportunities. Northlight Heritage

Access Baseline Information, 2013

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To research, obtain and collate data relating to outdoor access and visitor facilities in and around the Inner Forth landscape area. To create a baseline map of access routes, trails, bus and train services and visitor facilities. ThinkWhere Ltd

Habitats Regulation Appraisal, 2013

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To ascertain the likely effects of the Projects planned to be delivered by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative upon the qualifying interests of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SPA). SNH, RSPB, Sustrans

Maps showing research carried out during the development phase are available to download below:

  • Scheme boundary and Buffer Area (Download)
  • Natural Heritage Designations (Download)
  • Cultural Heritage Designations (Download)
  • Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Inventory Designed Landscapes (Download)
  • Land Reclamation and Flood risk (Download)
  • Areas of Social Deprivation (Download)

Our strategy for volunteering, community participation and training in the delivery phase of IFLI presented the rationale behind the development of these projects which aimed to target and engage different audiences within the Inner Forth landscape.

  • Strategy for Volunteering, Community Participation and Training (Download)