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Wednesday
Apr262017

Weird and Wonderful finds in Warriston? No.....just weird....really weird 

What do you make of this lot? Found during Tuesdays Hit Squad and Blackrock task in Warriston

Crocodile?? African Land Snail? and 'I really don't want to know what this is'

Volunteers from Blackrock also got stuck into tasks at Rocheid Path - cutting back Laurels and topping up the brash fence. Thank you guys another great corporate task.

Wednesday
Apr262017

Love is in the air all along the river - check out these dippers

Thank you to Barry Kirk for another great photo a pair of dippers this time.

Wednesday
Apr262017

Greggs Foundation supports our Youth Work programme

We are delighted to have the support of The Greggs Foundation - who recently donated us £1950 to support the work we do with disadvantaged young people. It will support around 10 workdays, means we can offer more placements and we will have resources to buy the much needed gloves, tools and supplies. Thank you Greggs #greenerwithgreggs and we are celebrating with some #conservationselfies

Wednesday
Apr262017

INNS work starts - lets battle commence!

Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) cause no end of issues along the river. Our main problem species are Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed.

So far this year we have mapped all the Giant Hogweed plants from Slateford to Currie with support from Napier University Students - finding over 700 plants in 4 miles of river!!!. And today we start the battle - here is Charlotte, and Volunteers Ian and Tom - checking out the maps before they head out to spray the emerging plants

   

This year will be different though as some patches we plan to treat without the use of chemicals in a bid to find a suitable alternative to spraying - and this is what volunteer Robert is going to study in the coming years.

Hand pulling Balsam also began on yesterdays clean-up in Warriston - though this one is an annual weed and it easy to pull up it spreads like wildfire and grows so quickly. We will  be having an INNS training session for volunteers who want to help with this battle a week on monday - details below. 

Monday 8th May. Invasive Species Training Walk. 6.00pm at the Visitor Centre.  Join Charlotte and discover how to identify these pest species and join the fight to tackle them this summer. 

Just look at all those plants!!!

Wednesday
Apr262017

Spring Clean-up Continues - Great Job at Coltbridge last Sunday and this Sunday we head for Bells Mills Weir

Thank you to all who attended last weekends clean-up at Roseburn and Coltbridge -  you did a cracking job and a special thanks goes to John Riddell who organised the event.

 Careful what you do with that cone ladies ;-)

Work continues and this Sunday 30th April its  Bell’s Weir Clean-up.  10am – 12.30pm.  Help Charlotte clear Bell’s Weir of woody debris trapping litter.  Tricky access, bonfires and slippy ground make this task not for the faint hearted.   Meet at the back of the Edinburgh Sports Club car park, 7 Belford Place EH4 3DH. http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=323432&Y=673664&A=Y&Z=110