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Smolt Monitoring on the Keltie

Smolt Monitoring on the Keltie

Smolt Monitoring on the Keltie This Spring, we have been running a smolt trap on a tributary of the River Teith. This records the timing and number of salmon and sea trout going off on their migration to the sea. Smolt trapping is an effective fisheries management...

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Working with Rivers as a Wildlife Protection Trainee

Working with Rivers as a Wildlife Protection Trainee

Working with Rivers as a Wildlife Protection Trainee By Richard Harrow What is it like to be a trainee in wildlife protection? For as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in the outdoors and wildlife, this was mostly due to my obsession with angling....

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Danny Burn Tree Planting Project

Danny Burn Tree Planting Project

The Danny Burn Tree Planting Project By Blyth Walker The Danny Burn which is a tributary of the Allan Water that arises in the Ochil Hills near Blackford on the Blackford Estate currently has very fragmented native tree cover. The Danny Burn Tree Planting Project...

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So you’re the tree guy?

So you’re the tree guy?

‘So, you’re the tree guy?’ I got this question from nearly every member of staff I met from the Forth Rivers Trust in my first week as the RiverWoods trainee. With a fairly upbeat and positive, ‘yep’, I replied. After 4 years of studying Environmental Science with the...

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All about eels in the Scotsman

All about eels in the Scotsman

Great article in the Scotsman today by Keith Broomfield (trustee and writer) about eels and the Scottish Eel Conference. You can check it out below. We are down to the final few remaining tickets for the Scottish Eel Conference taking place at Napier University’s...

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Fish in the class 2022 comes to an end

Fish in the class 2022 comes to an end

Fish in the Classroom 2022 comes to an end By Amy Fergusson Another Year Over!! And what a year it has been with Fish in the Classroom almost back to full strength! We started the year out with some restrictions due to Omicron which could have been a problem but...

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Protecting Atlantic Salmon in the River Almond

Protecting Atlantic Salmon in the River Almond

Protecting Atlantic Salmon in the River Almond Over the past 7 years, a great deal of effort has gone into making it easier for Atlantic salmon to get back into the river Almond, enabling them to reach spawning habitat within the catchment. Millions have been spent on...

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Job Alert – Admin Assistant

Job Alert – Admin Assistant

We are hiring - Admin Assistant with Forth Rivers Trust and Fisheries Management Scotland Job Title:  Admin Assistant This position is advertised jointly as a role within both the Forth Rivers Trust and Fisheries Management Scotland – see section at end.  Applicants...

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Where’s that weir gone!

Where’s that weir gone!

Where's that weir gone?!? We're delighted with the river restoration works so far at the old Breich Pit (old oil shale mine), West Lothian, where Seafield weir was once an impassable fish barrier on the Almond. It's been a real team effort to remove and re-naturalise...

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We are hiring! Environment and Community Development Officer

We are hiring! Environment and Community Development Officer

WE ARE HIRING! Environment and Community Development Officer Location: Forth Rivers Trust, The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, EH10 7DUContract: 3 year contract (2022-2025)Hours: 40 hours per week (full time) for 2 years, falling to 24 hours (0.6 full time equivalent) for...

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Eel ropes on the Water of Leith

Eel ropes on the Water of Leith

Eel ropes on the Water of Leith Jack was at the Water of Leith Conservation Trust yesterday teaching the traditional methods of eel rope making. This messy but effective method is a cheap way to get our eels over river barriers such as weirs and small dams. A great...

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Reforesting the Danny Burn

Reforesting the Danny Burn

Reforesting the Danny Burn Staff are working with Blackford Estates and Highland Spring to restore the riparian woodland along the Danny Burn in the Allan Water catchment. Yesterday, staff from Highland Spring helped plant hundreds of trees along the lower reaches of...

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A wet day up the Danny Burn

A wet day up the Danny Burn

A wet day on the Danny Burn Blyth, Niall and Kyle were up the Danny Burn, a tributary of the Allan Water, planting trees as part of a wider tree planting scheme we have secured funding for as part of the Allan Water Project. The three staff members managed to plant...

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An update on the River Larig Project

An update on the River Larig Project

An update on the River Larig Project As you drive up the Braes of Balquhidder, heading up the Glen towards Inverlochlarig Farm, you cannot help but notice a change.  Driving up the winding road, below on your left is a rapidly expanding line of objects – filling up...

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We are Hiring! Working with Rivers Placements

We are Hiring! Working with Rivers Placements

Working With Rivers Trainee Placements The Forth Rivers Trust are excited to announce that we have secured funding for four 3-month trainee placements under the NatureScot’s Working with Rivers programme. Working with a vibrant team, the placements will give the lucky...

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Letting the fish find their own way

Letting the fish find their own way

Letting the fish find their own way Letting the fish find their own way is critical to the rehabilitation of native fish species in our rivers.  The rivers in the Forth area have been highly negatively impacted in the past by the installation of weirs which are a...

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Scottish Eel Conference 2022

Scottish Eel Conference 2022

New Event: Scottish Eel Conference 2022#EelScott22 Friday 22nd April 2022          09.30am - 4pm Napier University - Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJLindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre The first eel conference (after a pandemic postponement) to be held in...

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Nature Restoration Fund 2021 funds Revive the Allan Phase 2

Nature Restoration Fund 2021 funds Revive the Allan Phase 2

Nature Restoration Fund 2021 funds Revive the Allan Phase 2 Revive the Allan is working with landowners in the upper Allan Water catchment to undertake nature based restoration works to benefit rivers and wildlife. Working with the local landowner Blackford Estates,...

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Forgotten Fish Project

Forgotten Fish Project

2021 saw plenty of focus given to the critically endangered European eel. We carried out monitoring of young eels coming into the Forth Catchment, trialled new monitoring methods, built eel passes and even reviewed existing passes to improve their efficiency. One...

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