View this email in your browser
View this email in your browser
Like us on Facebook
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter
Visit our website
Visit our website

In this issue:

Hot off the press!

Our new events leaflet

Our new IFLI events leaflet, with details of all the events we and our partners already have planned in the area for 2016, has just been published. There is a huge range of activities, for all ages, interests and abilities, and they are all free, thanks to the way IFLI is funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Over the next few weeks we will be distributing the leaflets to libraries, community centres, and visitor attractions all around the IFLI area. However, if you’d like to see a copy now you can download one from the What’s On page of our IFLI website at . Do take a look and book your place now if you see something that you like the look of!
If you go down to (Polmont) Woods today ...

Pupils from Deanburn Primary School expolring Polmont Woods
(Image CSGNT)
26 pupils and five staff from Deanburn Primary School joined the Central Scotland Green Network Trust for some fun activities at Deanburn Glen in Bo’Ness, carrying out a mapping exercise, site survey and environmental games. This day was part of a programme of schools engagement being delivered at the site by CSGNT, as part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Falkirk Woodland Network project.

CSGNT will also be overseeing work at the Falkirk Council owned site, which will bring the woodland into active management, improving public access and enhance the woodland habitat and wider biodiversity. By carrying out these works, CSGNT hopes to encourage greater use of this attractive local site and ensure its future in the landscape.  
The children will visit the site every month from April onwards, joining in a series of events and activities, learning about the woodland habitat and watching the condition of the woodland, before, during and after the planned work. The school hopes that its involvement at the site will also help the children to achieve their John Muir Award. 

A dig where we were happy to find nothing!

An extract from AOC's report showing the site of the old orchard at Cambuskenneth
Here within the IFLI team, it’s fantastic to see projects progressing, change taking place on the ground and people taking part. In the past few months, the IFLI Landscape Management Trainees group has again been linking into other IFLI project’s to help deliver their objectives whilst developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of the Falkirk young people involved. As we reported in our last enewsletter, the team recently helped out with the Fruitful Landscape project, which this Spring has reinstated orchards at Kinneil House in Falkirk and Cambuskenneth Abbey in Stirling.
As part of the Fruitful Landscape project, Emilie Wadsworth of CSGNT invited the trainees, supervised by TCV, to reinstate part of the old orchard site at Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling. The area south-west of the bell tower appears to have always been used as an open space or orchard/garden, as is shown on old maps such as the First Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1863.
However, the orchard sits adjacent to the Scheduled Monument area of Cambuskenneth Abbey and medieval ceramics have previously been found on the orchard site. As a result, Stirling Council asked us to do some archaeological monitoring of all the ground breaking work involved in the tree planting. AOC Archaeology were appointed to carry out a ‘watching brief’ earlier this year. This involved archaeological supervision of 22 hand-dug pits for the planting of new trees. They uncovered a small collection of ceramics similar to those recovered during 2015 test pit excavations, but no significant unexpected archaeological finds or deposits were encountered, which was good news as it meant the planting could go ahead!

Memories of Mining inspires new filmakers

A screenshot of the children's work on our YouTube channel

Pupils from Bo’ness Public School have recently participated in IFLI’s Memories of Mining project. Emily Dodd, an author and screenwriter, worked with the children to produce ‘Digital Stories’ about the mining heritage of Bo’ness, and the results are brilliant!

Mr Potter’s Primary 5 class made a film about the history and development of the Bo’ness Fair, while Mrs McNab’s P2 class made a series of short films, using their own artwork, from the perspectives of pit ponies, cats and canaries. Ms Glen’s class held a competition to select which mining stories they wanted to work on with Emily. This resulted in stories being told from the perspectives of a miner, a piece of coal, a pickaxe and Margaret Thatcher. Staff, pupils and parents were invited along to the Hippodrome for a special private screening of all the films, which are now on IFLI’s new You Tube channel.

The children were so engaged with the project that they actually went on to create even more short films in their classes – and these will also be viewable online shortly. Fabulous work all round – it was a genuine pleasure to work with such a committed and creative bunch.

St Serf’s RC Primary School in High Valleyfield has also been working on the Memories of Mining project. Pupils from P5 and P6-7 began their project with a trip to the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange, where they experienced a little of what life was like for miners and their families. They also went on a guided walk around Valleyfield with Rab McKenzie, a former colliery worker who was able to tell them how the Valleyfield landscape and community has changed over the years. St Serf’s pupils have produced poetry and ‘talking pictures’ to illustrate their project, and these will be made available as soon as possible... watch this space! 

Become a citizen scientist by mothing around the Forth

A chance to get up close to some amazing moths. Paul Barclay/IFLI

Would you like learn more about the moths of the Forth estuary area, practise your identification skills and contribute to a national species recording scheme this summer? We have teamed up with local moth enthusiast Professor David Bryant to run a series of seven fun, free workshops called ‘Mothing Around the Forth’ all around the Inner Forth area – Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Fife. They will give people of all ages a chance to discover more about this declining species, have a go at moth trapping and generate wildlife records for Butterfly Conservation’s UK wide survey of moth numbers and distribution.
The first workshop, at RSPB Skinflats Nature Reserve, near Grangemouth, will introduce the range of moths found at different times of year; give you a chance to get started on moth id and using identification guides as we open moth traps left out overnight at the Reserve; and enable you to build and take home your very own simple moth trap. All materials will be provided free of charge thanks to IFLI’s funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. We ask that attendees of the first session can commit to attending at least three additional sessions, but ideally more so that you can build your moth identification confidence and see the different species of moth found in a range of locations. If you can’t make the first session, don’t worry! Spaces on all sessions are openly available to all and free of charge, but priority for sessions 2-7 will be given to those who attended the first session. Prior booking is essential for each session.
  • Session 1: Saturday 14 May, 8.30am -12.00, RSPB Skinflats Nature Reserve, near Grangemouth.
  • Session 2: Saturday 18 June, 08:30 – 10:30, RSPB Black Devon Wetlands Reserve, Clackmannanshire.
  • Session 3: Sunday 3 July, details TBC, but likely Fife area.
  • Session 4: Thursday 14 July, 08:30 – 10:30, FCS Devilla Forest, Fife.
  • Session 5: Sunday 14 August, details TBC.
  • Session 6: Tuesday 30 August, 08:30 – 10:30 Polmaise Waste Recycling Facility, Stirling.
  • Session 7: Saturday 17 September, details TBC.
If you would like to give moth trapping a go at home, the IFLI team have two moth traps that can be loaned out. Contact Kate Fuller or Adam Ross on 01324 831 568 or to enquire. You can find out more about Butterfly Conservation’s next Moth Atlas and the surveys being carried out to generate data for this publication at

Budding archaeologist? Look no further than Zetland Park...

Some of the planned trenches at Zetland Park

Zetland Park was gifted to the burgh in 1880 by the Earl of Zetland, and has been a centrepiece of Grangemouth ever since. However, the park has a much longer history, stretching further back even than the 17th century use of the ‘Orchard’, perhaps to the early medieval period when a monastic farm (or ‘Grange’) belonging to Holyrood Abbey may have stood at the site.

Over the long weekend of 20-23 May, we’ll be trying to find out more about the park’s early history, and recording some of the more recent features, including the fountain and war memorial. We’ll be carrying out archaeological geophysics at the site of the orchard - where the Grange may have been located - as well as small scale excavations to try to establish whether the earthworks that are visible at the site do indeed belong to the early medieval monastic site.

And the best news... there are still a few spaces if you’d like to help out!

Under the supervision of professional archaeologists, you can try your hand at archaeological excavation, topographical and geophysical survey, measured drawing and 3D laser scanning.
You don't need to have any prior experience - we'll provide you with all the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment. All you need is sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and task.

Booking is essential as places will be limited. If you are interested in getting involved, for all of part of the project, please get in touch with Kirsty on or 01324 831568.
Grangemouth buzzing with new green roof

Seeding and plug planting on the new green roof. Image Suzanne Bairner/Buglife

A new green roof, designed to boost biodiversity, has been installed at one of Grangemouth's key industrial sites. Almost 60 different species of wildflower, herbs and grasses have been planted onto the 143m2 roof at the premises of CalaChem, where they will not only attract a wide range of butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and other invertebrates, but also give staff a boost thanks to the colour and life they will bring to the site. The work has been carried out through IFLI's Glorious Green Roofs project which has been managed by Buglife. Calachem has been very supportive of the project, and our thanks go to them for being the first to host a brand new green roof on their site.

The green roof will act as a stepping stone for wildlife across Grangemouth, allowing species that rely on green corridors to move and mix. Green roofs also provide a number of benefits to a building itself by improving insulation in the winter and providing cooling in the summer, as well as reducing noise pollution and increasing the lifespan of the roof. So everyone wins!

Buglife is working with local industry to create a network of green roofs at industrial sites, predominantly in Grangemouth, but potentially further afield around the IFLI area. It aims to help people to understand the importance of green roofs for invertebrates and other wildlife, how green roofs can benefit the building, and how they can support local and rare species including Local Biodiversity Action Plan priority species.


What’s on!

Full details of all our events, and some organised by friends and partners, for the coming months can be found on the IFLI website Events Calendar. Here is a taste of what's coming up in the next few weeks...

First Wednesday in every month 10am - 1pm
Bridgeness Biodiversity Day

For more information and to book please contact Suzanne Burgess,, 01786 447504 

Thur 12 May 10.30am - 11.30am
Meadows and Moss - a healthy walk at Fallin Bing and Wester Moss
Fallin Bing

More details here

Sat 14 May 5am - 7am
Introduction to Bird Watching 2 - Dawn Chorus Bird Song
Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve

More details here

Fri 20 May - Mon 23 May 9.30am - 3pm
Investigating Zetland Park
Zetland Park, Grangemouth

More details here.

Sat 21 May 10am - 4.30pm
Identifying Wild Flower Families (BSBI and Plantlife)
Logiekirk Hall, Stirling

More details here.

Sat 21 May All day
Tale of Two Estates Lade Survey 3a 
Lynn Mill/Tulligarth

More details here.

Sun 22 May All day
Tale of Two Estates Lade Survey 3b
Lynn Mill/Tulligarth

More details here.

Wed 25 May 7pm - 8pm
Tale of Two Estates Mapping 3
Clackmannan Town Hall

More details here.

Mon 30 May 10am - 4pm
Historic Building Survey

More details here.

Thurs 2 Jun 10.30am - 11.30am
Walking the ancient ways - a healthy walk along Clackmannanshire waggonways

More details here.

Wed 8 Jun 1.30pm - 2.15pm
A healthy walk to the limekilns
Limekilns Pier

More details here.

Wed 8 Jun 7pm - 8pm
Tale of Two Estates Lade Training 4
Clackmannan Town Hall

More details here.

Sat 11 Jun All day
Tale of Two Estates Lade Training 4a - Back Wood
Back Wood

More details here.

Sun 12 Jun All day
Tale of Two Estates Lade Training 4b - Craigrie

More details here.

Wed 15 Jun 7pm - 8pm
Tale of Two Estates Mapping 4
Clackmannan Town Hall

More details here.
Copyright © 2016 Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp
Copyright © 2016 Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp