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A rubbish time at Murrayfield!!

Our first Clean-up of 2018 proved to be a very icy affair. 16 brave souls joined us as we tackled litter and fly tipping around Murraryfield. We collected over 30 bags full of litter, plus cones and a babies bath around the Stadium and then nearer Balgreen we hauled a mattress and trolley from the river bank along with 3 tonne bags of fly tipped landscaping waste.

The area looked great....then...all the snow melted off the hills, paths thawed and it rained..a lot. And the river levels spiked to over 1.6m at the Murrayfield guaging station on Wednesday, just when they were formally opening Phase 2 of the Flood Prevention works. And sadly more rubbish and debris was dumped by the high water. Thank you to the local residents who cleaned this up.

High Water on Wednesday

You can keep track of water levels via SEPA's Website CLICK ON ME for the link


We are hiring....Do you have what it takes to be our new Project Officer?

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust is seeking a Project Officer. The main focus of the post will be to deliver the outputs of the funded ‘Community and Wildlife Project’ (see below) and, as part of a small staff team, you will also be expected to assist with other areas of the Trust’s work including; group visits, education and staffing of the Visitor Centre. 

 This role will be based at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, in Slateford, Edinburgh. A four star visitor attraction which welcomes around 17,000 visitors and 150 visiting groups and schools annually. Our volunteer programmes deliver over 100 river clean-ups and conservation tasks annually along the length of the Water of Leith.

 We are looking for a suitably qualified, enthusiastic person, with experience of leading conservation tasks, outdoor learning activities and community engagement events.

Salary: £18,000, plus a 2% pension contribution.

 The position is full time, 5 days per week for a fixed term of 12 months with a possibility of extension subject to funding. Workdays will be Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.00 (35 hours) with work one Sunday in three on rotation with other staff (taking the preceding Friday off). Additional evening and weekend work maybe required for which time off in lieu will be arranged.

 Applicants should have; A good general knowledge of urban conservation and/or river systems. Degree or relevant qualification. Excellent communication skills. Experience in leading practical conservation tasks and outdoor learning activities is essential. Driving License essential. First Aid desirable. PVG check essential.

 Please apply with a CV and covering letter detailing your experience relevant to this position. The closing date for applicantion is 4.00pm Friday 16th February and interviews will be held on Tuesday 27th February. We hope the successful applicant will be available to start by 12th March 2018.

 Email or call 0131 455 7367 for a more detailed job description.  The Water of Leith Conservation Trust (WofLCT) works to conserve and enhance Edinburgh’s river for more information about our work visit

 Community and Wildlife Project Outcomes

  • ·         Deliver 26 fortnightly Hit Squad Conservation tasks
  • ·         Support 8 Youth Placements and 4 Youth Partnerships Projects
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  • ·         Maintain/improve 5 Biodiversity Boost Sites along the river
  • ·         Deliver 20 INNS tasks
  • ·         Assist with the delivery of 2 Citizen Science projects and wildlife surveys



Volunteer dates for 2018 - Thursday Centre Deep Clean and Sunday its back to Murrayfield

The next few clean-ups are detailed below - if you would like to join us you need to be a registered volunteers CLICK ON ME to see a copy of our Volunteer Pack and Form

Thursday 18th January, 10.30 to 1.00, Visitor Centre Clean-up - yes we mean inside the Centre. As we scrub and deep clean, and get on top of the odd jobs.

Sunday 21st January 10.30 - 1.00, Murrayfield Clean-up - meeting at the Ice Rink Car Park


Winter Talks Programme continues on Monday 29th Jan - Friends of the Pentlands

We are delighted to be welcoming John Stirling, Secretary of Friends of the Pentland, to the Visitor Centre on Monday 29th January at 7.30pm to talk to us about the Work of the Friends of the Pentlands. Free to Members and Guests £2


Otter news on the Water of Leith

We returned from our Christmas break to the sad news of an otter discovered dead on the river back near the Longstone Inn. A member of the public reported it and we alerted the Police Wildlife Liaison who came to collect the otter and took it for a postmortem. It was a male cub aged 4/5 months old who sadly died of starvation - the summary from the postmortem is:

Based on the weight of the animal I estimate the age to be 4 to 5 months.  The animal had not fed for some considerable time prior to death as indicated by lack of food in the stomach and lack of body fat.  This alone, or in combination with stress, lead to widespread pinpoint haemorrhage in the gastric mucosa and melaena.  This failure to eat could have been due to premature separation from its mother or illness.  There was no gross evidence of the latter.  I suspect that the cold weather contributed to the death of the cub.  The loss of tissue from the feet was a post mortem event due to scavenging.

The plot was further thickened by a local man popping in to show us bushcam footage of three otters crossing his garden in Colinton above West Mills taken on 2nd January. See clip below - blink and you will miss it. It is fairly common for otter to have 2 cubs and if times are tough to focus on the cub most likely to survive, leaving the other to fend for itself. So we are hopeful that there is still a mother and cub out on the river, so keep you eyes peeled and do report any sightings to us.

Click on me to see brief Otter Video or watch the embedded clip below