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Another Busy week of tasks on the river as we finish the Balsam pulling, tidy the Stockbridge Garden and clean-up some rubbish

While may residents of Edinburgh are out enjoying the festival some a favouring some hard graft by the much more tranquil Water of Leith. Our Volunteers have been out Tuesday and Thursday finalising the balsam blitz and we were joined by staff from Changeworks who had fun in the river around Redbraes Weir. The wonderful Peregrines of Tiphereth have also been out twice this week on Wednesday and Friday focusing on the rubbish and balsam at Murrayfield  (Paul is pictured above with the dirty trolley and Karen 'hiding'!!) . I wonder how many folk realise the people power it takes to keep this river clean, green and beautiful. 

Kate collects seed the the Stockbridge garden while Rob has a little dance by the looks of it!! on Thursday

Changeworks staff get stuck in to the river task at Redbraes on Tuesday

Joe, Tony and George just cant stop pulling balsam as the visit Redbraes twice this week!! They come for the waders I think.


Balsam Boot Camp final week!!

The Trust's office became the nerve centre of a military style campaign against Himalayan balsam this summer. The walls are papered with maps, target notes and arrows as we mapped our progress pushing balsam back along the river. Thanks to the faithful who came out each time, and there was a lot of times, some of them at unusual hours. By the end of July we will have run over twenty balsam pulling sessions. Thanks also to those of you who went out in their own time to pull outliers beyond the reach of a less mobile big group, and to those of you who sent in maps and locations of spots that were't already on our radar. On the Warriston front we made our biggest wins with a massive stretch cleared. Next year our main target will be a similar stretch downstream from Redbraes Weir, I can hardly wait.


DATES FOR THE FINAL PUSH - before it starts to seed
Monday 30th July 2.00 - 5.00 pm Himalayan balsam pulling at Warriston
Tuesday 31st July 10.30 – 1.00 Balsam Boot Camp at Gorgie. 
Friday 3rd August 10.30 – 1.00pm FINAL Balsam Session of 2018!!  Meet at the Centre



@JamesW_754 keen photographer shares this wonderful heron and dipper shots along with what he loves about the river

I've always found the Water of Leith a slightly surreal place. You're in the center of one of the world's great cities, a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street, and yet you can be watching a yellow wagtail bobbing its tail with only the sound of running water filling your ears. Photographing down the river is a joy. Along my local stretch, I regularly see a pair of the aforementioned wagtails, joined by dippers dipping in and out of the water. A heron reigns supreme at the various weirs, standing still for what seem like hours before striking at some unfortunate fish. A lucky few may even see a speck of blue as a kingfisher flies past.  - James


Photo Tour of the Dean Valley

Thank you to Martin Brown for these great photos around the Dean Valley - just stunning in the sunshine.


Planning application is in for the Blue Goose site again 18/02817/FUL 

We have just discovered that the new plans for the site opposite the Visitor Centre have been lodged with the council - 10 days later we still do not have a neighbour notification!! What do you think of the new view!! To see the full plans visit CEC Planning Portal Click on me  and search for 18/02817/FUL. I have posted some of the local views below and this is what it will look like along the river bank!!