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Otters Spotted

The otter is out and about again, just this week we have had evening sightings in Saughton and Stockbridge, so keep you eyes pealed and do not forget if you are lucky enough to spot the otter let us know.


Swishing at the Water of Leith Centre

Next friday evening 29th Jan we are hosting a Swishing Clothes Exchange evening for Craiglockhart Community Council. What is Swishing I hear you cry? Well bring along 3 or more good quality items of clothing, jewellery or accessories and exchange them for 3 new items. Enjoy a glass of wine while you browse the rails. It's a great opportunity to recycle unwanteds goods and bag yourself a bargain. Starting at 7 pm the evening is a fundraising event for the 'One More Spring' public art sculpture for Happy Valley. Tickets are £10 (£3 for under 16's) available from Angela on 0131 441 2960 email


Dramatic Rescue of Eeyore

This report is from a local resident whose dog Eeyore had a lucky rescue from the icy river.

 "This afternoon I was walking my English setters along the Water of Leith walkway when one of my dogs strayed onto an ice shelf in the river and crashed through the ice. He was clinging on to the ice with his forepaws but unable to climb out. By extreme good fortune some honorary water bailiffs were right by the spot where he fell in and putting themselves in some considerable danger proceeded to rescue eeyore from the very icy waters. Without their quick thinking and teamwork I doubt Eeyore would have survived."

I think this has to go out as a warning to dog owners, in these icy conditions please keep dogs on leads and away from the water. The Water of Leith is very deep in parts and the ice is unlikely to be very thick as it is a fast flowing little river. Our thanks to the Volunteers who helped out. Here is Eeyore enjoying spring, which he will now see again.


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.