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Water of Leith Freezes over


Only the second time the river has frozen in Leith since 1990. Great Pictures Thank you Greener Leith.







Winter Wonderland, great for wildlife spotting

The unbelievable weather is still with us, and I have now developed an unhealthy addiction to the met office website, watching radar images of where snow is falling. The Centre is now back open for business, so why not take a walk and call in for one of Sandie's famous hot chocolates. The snow make spotting wildlife simple, here is a list of just some of the birds seen this week. Also I have posted a fantastic picture of a Woodcock taken by Gavin in the Dells. This is the first sighting of this elusive bird along the river, one to watch out for.

Wildlife Spotted;

Dipper, Heron, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Heron, Woodcock, Redwings, Fieldfares, Goosander, Moorhen, Treecreeper, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch.



With snow on the ground and Christmas just days away, there is no better time to walk the Water of Leith. Spotting wildlife in the snow is really easy as these fantastic photos from Gavin prove, the kingfisher was taken on saturday just after a blizzard and the mink a week or so ago.

The Visitor Centre and our offices are closed over the festive period from 24th to 4th January. But do send in your wildlife sightings and if the snow continues we would love to see photos uploaded onto our Water of Leith photo pool on Flickr.


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.