Go Forth...and help track the river’s wildest nature

Bird id workshops at Kinneil lagoon
Bird id workshops at Kinneil lagoon

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) team has launched a programme of free wildlife identification and survey skills workshops.

And the group is keen to encourage locals to participate.

Through the Forth Nature Counts project, IFLI has worked with its partner organisations, conservation charities and knowledgeable local volunteers to develop a programme of free workshops for 2015.

The aim is to encourage the people who visit to use their new-found skills and keep a record of wildlife.

This will help to increase conservation scientists’ knowledge of the plants and animals found there and tell them how well or badly they are doing.

Kate Fuller, IFLI’s community engagement officer said: “We hope the Inner Forth will be a hive of recording activity.

“February 2015 has already seen two popular workshops take place.

“Participants were delighted to find a spotted redshank at Kinneil Lagoons – very few of these overwinter in the UK.

“We hope our expert-led workshops will give people the confidence and enthusiasm to identify species and share their records of local wildlife.”

A full list of all the IFLI projects, along with further information on participation, can be found on the website at www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk