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We had Sunshine on Leith for our Clean-up on 25th Feb 

30 Volunteers did a great job before the beast of the east hit us cleaning up the Leith end. We managed to clear most of the litter from the corners of Sandport Place and round the swans nest. Got over 40 bags of rubbish, bike, christmas tree and decorations, and a lawn mover. We also managed to clear a lot of the buddleia from the wall - well done everyone


Next Clean-up dates - Thursday 8th March and Sunday 25th March

Volunteer clean-up tasks for the coming weeks are:

Thursday 8th March - Redbraes Weir and St Marks Park.  Meet Charlotte at the entrance to the walkway on Connaught Place to carry out a clean-up, path work and maintain the willow fence. 10.30 - 1.00

Sunday 25th March - Gorgie Clean-up meeting the Buyrite Bathrooms off Gorgie Road. 10.30 - 1.00


Super Snowy Photos of the Water of Leith from last week

Thank you to volunteer Bryce Morrison for these wonderful photos taken last week of the river in Slateford and the Dells - it looks like Narnia!! CLICK on ME to see the video if it is not visible below. Glad to be back to normal this week - bring on spring...please


Super Snowdrops and Hairy Hazels

We are all hoping that spring is on it way and just occasionally the sun shines on a warm spot out of the wind, the birds start signinf and we can all dream that it is just around the corner....however its to turn colder next week so we will just have to wait. In the meantime there are #signsofspring to be seen along the river. Pairs of Dippers have been spotted. Snowdrops abound, it seems to be a great year for them and these are fairly newly planted ones at the Balgreen Wildlife Garden - don't they look lovely in amongst the winter aconites.

I have also been out spotting hazel flowers - so small, like pink hairs sprouting from the buds a yet so perfect - i could not get a good photo so I stole this from the Woodland Trust - Click on me for more info about the Hazel. Please share your signs of spring with us be it wildlife signings or flowers appearing



Urban Fungi by Patrick Hickey - interesting Talk on Monday Evening at the Visitor Centre

Monday 26th February – 7.30pm 
Urban Fungi by Dr Patrick Hickey
Deep within the city of Edinburgh, fungi can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens and parks, however they often pop up in unusual places!  The talk will show examples of various fungi in the city and demonstrate the unique dispersal mechanisms that make fungi so successful in adapting to our constantly-changing environment.  
Dr. Patrick Hickey, an independent scientist based at Summerhall, specialises in the biology of fungi and developing new techniques for microscopy and time-lapse imaging. Patrick is a guest lecturer at The University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to TV and film documentaries, including the BBC's "The Magic of Mushrooms" 
Free for Members, Guest £2