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Thursday
Jun142018

Windy weather means a number of trees down, hanging branches and blocked sections of walkway - take care!!

The phone has been ringing this morning with lots of calls about trees and branches down across the Walkway we have passed them on to CEC forestry service but they will have a lot of work today and for the coming weeks after Storm Hector, so will need to prioritise work. If you do see something blocking the walkway or causing danger to property, take a photo, pin point your location and email forestry.service@edinburgh.gov.uk We have also been given notice of a path closure - again - due to a tree between Wester Coates and Magdala Steps. We will update you when we have more information about how long this will be closed for. As always along the walkway take care and do not take risk cutting under downed trees or hung up branches.

Thursday
Jun142018

Bookings are now open for Kids summer holiday activities every Tuesday and Thursday and spaces are filling fast

SUMMER HOLIDAY KIDS EVENTS AT THE WATER OF LEITH VISITOR CENTRE
£5 per child & start at 2.00pm until 4.00pm. 
BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0131 455 7367 admin@waterofleith.org.uk 
Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds, Accompanying adult free.
Thursday 5th July – River Dipping 
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Tuesday 10th July – BUGS
Track down the mini creatures and create you own 'extreme' bug 
Thursday 12th July – SURVIVE 
Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire.
Tuesday 17th July – River Dipping
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 19th July - STICK 
101 things to do with a stick, they are awesome
Tuesday 24th July – River Dipping
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 26th July – FAIRIES 
join the 'wee folk' in the Dells as we discover the history of fairies & do some magical crafts – wings optional 
Tuesday 31st July – River Dipping 
Put on your wellies and join us IN the river for this fun event
Thursday 2nd August – SURVIVE 
Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire.
Tuesday 7th August – WATER!! 
wet and wild, as we discover the power of water and create our own river craft for racing over the rapids

 

Thursday
Jun142018

Is love in the air for our Otters? Photos and video footage suggest so

We have noticed a significant increase in territorial behaviour and sprainting at key locations along the river in the past few weeks and a local bushcam has caught these images of a pair of otters checking out a potential new home. This is all very exciting - do let us know if you see them at all. 

 

We were also delighted to have this video footage appear on twitter

 

 

Thursday
Jun142018

Community Clean-up in Balerno this Sunday starting at 1.30pm

Sunday 17th June 13.30 – 15.30pm.  Please note change from normal time.  Balerno Village River Clean-up.  Meet at the Rugby Club Car park behind Balerno High School off Bavelaw Road in Balerno. We will be working with Balerno Village Trust to tackle their local patch. 

Wednesday
May302018

@FirrhillHS Pupils produce an excellent blog and report following a work placement - if ever proof was needed that Youth Volunteering Works this is it !!

CLICK ON ME to see the Presentation or read the blog below - its great stuff
On 16th May, 11 pupils from Firrhill High School in Edinburgh went to Water of Leith Conservation Trust for their S3 business placement. This is their blog....
Being completely honest, some of us weren’t really looking forward to the placement. We thought it might be too much hard work! 
Wednesday 16th May
When we arrived, our mentor for the day, Charlotte, told us a bit about the work of the Trust. Charlotte has worked in conservation for 18 years. She was hilarious trying to remember our names – Katherine will always be Katherine with a ‘K’, Lois will be remembered for wearing shorts and also for getting extremely dirty, and Arran is Scotland in miniature. Charlotte outlined the plan for our first day and then we organised the kit we would need. We travelled by bus to Currie and then walked to Poet’s Glen to undertake some conservation work. This is a picturesque path along Poet’s Burn which connects Blinkbonny Road to Harlaw Road. Charlotte had left the van with tools at the site so we didn’t need to take our spades on the bus! We unloaded the tools out of the van e.g. spades, trowels, shears and a grappling hook and found ourselves matching gloves. Charlotte explained how to use and carry the tools safely. We headed to the site and organised ourselves into groups. Some of us cleared litter from the river using the grappling hook while others sanded the bridge railings, cleared weeds from the path and felled ash sapplings to make stakes. By the end of the day you would not have recognised the site. The path is now clear of weeds, the bridge is sanded and you can walk safely up and down the steps. Exhausted but happy, we made our way back to the Trust.
 Lunch Break
Girls strip some willow!!
Thursday 17th
We met again on Thursday morning at 9.30 am. We all slept well. Fresh air and sunshine. Perfect. This time Sandra was there to support us. We started our second day by writing a blog of our first day and organising our presentation for school.  Sandra briefed us on the day ahead and we prepared our own kit list. We then headed out to an area of the river close to the Conservation Trust. We spent some time before and after lunch removing litter from the paths, clipping trees and removing Himalayan Balsam from the river banks. We headed back to the Trust, returned equipment and headed for home.
We had a great experience and would like to thank Charlotte and Sandra for their support. We learnt about the work of the Trust and conservationists, and developed our skills in working effectively as part of a team, communication and health and safety issues.
Thanks once again. Why not consider volunteering at the Trust?