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A rubbish mountain collected at Bonnington

24 Volunteers braved the cold this morning for a very successful clean-up in Bonnington. There was plenty to do, so no one got chilly and we collected a mountain of rubbish, four bikes, a six man tent, a bed, wheels, trolleys, a cage and well over 30 bags full of litter. Thank you to all who took part. This is our last clean-up of 2009. More dates will be announced in the New Year.



Broken Boilers !!

A blog is all about saying what is on your mind, and at the moment I cannot get past thinking of our broken boiler!!. The coldest spell of weather this winter and the boiler at the Visitor Centre has died. To this end we have chosen to close the Visitor Centre on Monday and Tuesday only to prevent frozen volunteers and visitors. Staff will however be in (if does not matter if we freeze) so if you need us do call. We will re-open as normal on Wednesday.


crazy canoeing on the Water of Leith

Check out this You Tude Video, this chap is brave or crazy I cannot decide!!


Christmas Shopping - Check out our stock

The Water of Leith Visitor Centre is a great place to get some hassle free crowd free Christmas shopping done. We stock a great range of books, maps, stocking fillers for kids, and fresh out today beautiful flowering baskets. There is also a great range of leisureware, such as sweatshirts, hoodies, fleecies, t shirts, hats, gloves, bags for life and scafts all adorned with the kingfisher. So take a winters walk along the river, call in for the cheapest cuppa in town, enter the hamper raffle and get some gifts bagged. We are open until Christmas eve and close for the whole of Christmas and New Year.




Wildflower results are in

Over the past 2 years volunteers have been conducting a wildflower survey along the river banks. In 2008 we focused on Slateford to Leith and this year the survey extended the work to Balerno. So we now have clear picture of the diversity of plants growing along the river. The total stands at 249!!!! plus 34 species of tree and shrub (which were recorded but not the focus of the survey, so there will be more). We expect this list to rise are we continue to patrol the river and narrow down some of the plants we found to the species level. You can have a look at the preliminary list below and why not take out a wildflower book next spring and see how many you can spot. Thank you to all the volunteer who took part in the survey and we are particularly grateful to Glenise Cook for all her hard work compiling the survey data and producing the lists. In addition to the large list we also have lists for 12 zones of the river (each being roughly a mile).

Water of Leith Wildflower Survey Results