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Kingfisher sighted again

We have been a little concernedthis summer as there has been a distinct lack of kingfisher sightings along the river. In the autumn last year we found 3 dead birds in the Slateford / Longstone area and it looked like the pair using the Warriston / St Marks Park area were unsuccessful at breeding. However in the last week or so we have been heartened to have had sightings in Stockbridge, Murrayfield, Slateford and an amazing 3 seen togther in Colinton Dell - so somewhere a family has managed to breed and fledge young. Great to see this stunning bird visible on the river again. If you spot one do let us know - date, time and location.


Tricky youngsters get the chance to fish and keep off the streets

The Honorary Bailiffs of the Water of Leith, The Lothian and Borders Police and the Water of Leith Conservation Trust have been working together on a 'youth diversionary fishing project' over the past month. Selected young people have been given the opportunty to have three days fishing with the bailiffs, recieving training in how to use the equipment, and the best techniques to use whilst fishing. So far 8 young people have taken part and if the project is a success it may be rolled out along the river next season.


Wild at Art

Today 18 children joined us on the river and created Andy Goldsworthy inspired works of art. They used the natural environment and wild materials to create works of art in Slateford. I promised them all I would publish their works. Take a look we had great fun.



A Sunny Successful Day - River Ramble

What a day...even the sun shone on everyone. Nearly 50 walkers set off from Balerno at 10.30, on Sunday 19th July, intent on making it to Leith and helping to raise money for the Trust. In less than a hour and a half the walkers began to arrive at the Visitor Centre, where they were treated to lunch and a coffee before heading off on the longer leg to Leith. A brisk pace was set and in less than 4 hours the front man had arrived at the destination; a boat moored outside the Malmaison on the Shore. Congratulations to Rodger for crossing the line first. He was shortly followed by 5 ladies and a very game 14 year old doggy. Then there was a lull while we waited for the rest of the now 39 strong pack to arrive. All enjoyed a drink on desk to celebrate their achievement. Thank you to ThreeBrand for use of their boat and Booker and ASDA for providing some of the refreshments. All in all a very successful day. Thank you to all walkers and the fundraising volunteers for their help. Here are some of the photos, visit our River Ramble page or photo page for more.



Clean-up and Ramble

There is a river clean-up on Friday meeting at the Visitor Centre at 10.00, all volunteers welcome. We will be tiding up the river and walkway ready for Sundays Ramble. Today is the last day to sign up for the walk, so please email if you want to join in the fun.