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Science

Science is a core activity of the Trust and a lot of the work we carry out is led by sound, scientific advice. The Trust has a team of scientists, with a range of skill sets, to identify, measure and direct on the ground conservation work for the benefit of rivers throughout the Forth.

Our team work throughout the year collecting data to inform the management of rivers around the Forth. Alongside data collection and river management, our team work with a range of partners, to carry out research and further our understanding of rivers and wildlife to inform better management for the future. 

Science News

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...

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...

Eel monitoring around the Forth

Eel Monitoring around the Forth Eel trapping is a fine art. Oceanic currents, temperature, tide and lunar cycles are just a few things to be taken into account when trying to get your hands on these slippery characters. Up to now we have three toads to show for our...

Smolt monitoring in the Teith catchment

Smolt monitoring in the Teith Catchment Smolt monitoring in the Teith catchment came to an end yesterday. We think the run of smolts has ended as we have had a week without any catches. The trap was out of action some days too due to high water with the keltie in...

Rescuing fish at Loch Venachar

Rescuing fish at Loch Venachar Trust staff were deployed yesterday to Loch Venachar to rescue fish which had become trapped due to lack of water getting down the side channel from the loch. We were alerted by a member of public of the situation and that a number of...

Teith Catchment Project Monitoring

River Teith Catchment Project Monitoring Staff have been out collecting important information as part of the Teith Catchment Project, more specifically associated with the works on the River Larig. Staff have been surveying everything from fish, invertebrates, otters,...

Forth & Teith Management Plan and Data & GIS Officer

Forth and Teith Catchment Management Plan and Data & GIS Officer starts Mapping and data compilation plays a big part in identifying what projects the Trust plans to carry out next. At the beginning of August, Michiel Voermans joined the team as our Data and GIS...

National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland 2021 – Forth

National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland 2021 - Forth Staff have been busy over the last few weeks carrying out electrofishing surveys as part of the National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland (NEPS). NEPS is funded by Marine Scotland and aims to collect...

Crowdfunding – Clean Rivers, Healthy Rivers

Crowdfunder - Clean Rivers, Healthy Rivers Help us crowdfund for clean and healthy rivers. We are looking to our followers to help us fund our Clean Rivers, Healthy Rivers campaign. Pollution from outfalls can impact rivers anywhere but especially here around the...

We Are Hiring – Seasonal Ecologist / Aquatic Scientist

We Are Hiring - Seasonal Ecologist/Aquatic Scientist The Forth Rivers Trust has an exciting opportunity for a Seasonal Ecologist/Aquatic Scientist to join our team during the summer season from May until September, based in Edinburgh but covering all rivers of the...
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