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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

WE ARE HIRING – SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER

WE ARE HIRING - SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER   Senior Project Officer We are recruiting for a senior project officer role to deliver projects that improve rivers and their catchments across the Forth.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone to lead on all aspects...

STEM Learning on the Leven

STEM Learning on the Leven By Jo Girvan Forth Rivers Trust were invited to run a STEM River Workshop on the 15th of July at the River Leven. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and STEM sessions are intended to encourage students to get...

The importance of Migratory Fish

The Importance of Migratory Fish in a Catchment Migratory fish are important for a number of reasons and have developed their place in our complex landscape ecosystems. Salmon for example migrate up river to reproduce within river catchments. Most of these salmon will...

World Fish Migration Day 2022

World Fish Migration Day 2022 Today marks the start of World Fish Migration day 2022 and here in the Forth there are a number of fish species which migrate in and out of our rivers. Everything from the iconic Atlantic salmon, shimmering sea trout, the humble brown...

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,...
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