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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



Marvellous Mayflies

On Monday 6th December at 3pm Craig MacAdam from Buglife will be extolling the virtues of these fascinating invertebrates during a talk at the Visitor Centre. As one of a programme of winter talks we welcome members, volunteers and the public to join in. £1 for members and £2 for non members. The variety of mayflies in the river is eye opening and their life cycle interesting and we will generally discuss the important of invertebrates to river life and Scotland’s biodiversity.  


Goosanders and Dippers but have you seen the Kingfisher lately?

Up and down the river we are getting good sightings of Goosanders and Dippers, feeding successfully and entertaining visitor with their fishing skills. But we have not had one kingfisher sighting in the last 2 months. If you spot this beautiful bird do let us know as we are keen to find out where they are. Hotspots are usually Warriston/Canonmills and Slateford/Colinton.