Fair a Far weir fish pass works begin

A momentous occasion for the River Almond with works starting at Fair A Far weir last week. Work’s will include repairs to the weir crest and construction of a brand new fish pass which will help migratory fish such as salmon, sea trout, lamprey and eel to ascend the weir reaching vital habitat upstream. At the moment, contractors are building a road out to the weir so that the repairs and fish pass can be carried out. This access road will be removed once works are complete and the surrounding area reinstated as it once was. These works are part of RiverLife:Almond & Avon. #myriverlife

We will post photos and updates regularly to keep everyone up to date on it’s progress but in the mean time here are a few photos from the past few days. A massive thanks goes out to everyone who has been involved with this project since its inception nearly 10 years ago which includes the anglers/angling club, community members, Edinburgh Council, Forth District Salmon Fishery Board and SEPA.

With thanks to our funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Government .

River Forth Fisheries Trust bags £2,000 from carrier bag charge fund

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is delighted to announce it has bagged £2,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland. 

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed River Forth Fisheries Trust has been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The project will allow the Trust to continue to provide vital support to the communities along the Allan Water in their efforts to tackle the giant hogweed problem. Giant hogweed has toxic sap which can cause severe blisters if it comes into contact with skin and UV light. Communities up and down the river have been working together, coordinated by the Trust to tackle the problem. Giant hogweed however takes a long time to get on top of due to the seeds being able to last in the soil for upwards of 15 years. This project will provide support via staff time, equipment and chemical to communities to help them tackle the problem.

Amy Fergusson – Invasive Species Project Officer, said: its fantastic that Tesco had chosen our project to be put to the vote at the local Tesco stores and even more so that the community have come out in force to support the project by voting for us. Giant hogweed is a real problem along the Allan Water and can affect anyone who uses the river, that includes anglers, dog walkers, cyclists and more. Through this project, we plan to continue to support the community by providing them the resource to tackle the problem, this is a long-term problem which the community have geared up to tackle. I would like to thank everyone who has voted for us and if you would like to get involved with this project and to tackle giant hogweed, please contact me by emailing a.fergusson@fishforth.co.uk or calling 0131 445 1527.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

 “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:

 “Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support. 

 “The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Japanese Knotweed Contracts 2017

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is inviting contractors to submit tenders for Japanese Knotweed Treatment along a select few rivers in the Forth District which are outlined below.

This work is expected to start August 2017 and be complete by the end of September / start of October 2017.

The tender files can be found below for each section of river being tendered: invitation to tender, form of tender, specification of service required and a map of tendered section. Please read all documents associated. If you have any issues accessing any of the documents or have any questions please contact the Trust by either emailing– tenders@fishforth.co.uk or calling 0131 445 1527

If you wish to submit a tender for one or more contracts please return the appropriate documents and follow the instructions set out in the Form of Tender document emailing submissions  to tenders@fishforth.co.uk by Monday 24th July 12 noon.

If submitting  more than one tender, please only submit one method statement, set of risk assessments and contractors qualifications for multiple tender submissions unless these documents differ from each tender section (i.e using a different treatment method for a particular site compared with other sections). 

River Almond

A89-Boathouse Bridge

A89 – Boathouse Bridge map

Form of Tender A89 – Boathouse Bridge

Invitation to tender A89 – Boathouse Bridge


Boathouse Bridge – A90

Boathouse Bridge – A90 map

Form of Tender Boathouse Bridge – A90

Invitation to tender Boathouse Bridge – A90


River Carron

Fankerton – Checkbar Roundabout

Fankerton to Checkbar map

Form of Tender Fankerton to Checkbar

Invitation to tender Fankerton to Checkbar


Checkbar Roundabout – Dorrator Bridge

Ceckbar to Dorrator Bridge map

Form of Tender Checkbar to Dorrator Bridge

Invitation to tender Checkbar to Dorrator Bridge


Dorrator Bridge – B902

Dorrator Bridge – B902 map

Form of Tender Dorrator Bridge to B902

Invitation to tender Dorrator Bridge to B902


B902 to M9

b902 to m9 Map

Form of Tender B902 to M9

Invitation to tender B902 to M9


Bonny Water – M80 to A803

Form of Tender Bonnywater M80 to A803

Invitation to tender M80 to A803

M80 – A803 map


Bonny Water – A803 to River Carron

A803 – Carron map

Form of Tender Bonnywater A803 to Carron

Invitation to tender A803 to Carron


River Teith

Leny Burn

Form of Tender Leny Burn

Invitation to tender Leny Burn

Leny Burn map


River Teith – Callander to Doune

Callander to Doune map

Form of Tender Callander to Doune

Invitation to tender Callander to Doune


River Teith – Blairdrummond – Keir

Blairdrummond to Keir map

Form of Tender Blairdrummond – Keir

Invitation to tender Blairdrummond to Keir


Want to know more about the RiverLife project?

The River Forth Fisheries Trust are delivering the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project over four years (2016-2020) to improve rivers for communities and wildlife.

Costing £6.7million, the project is funded by Scottish Government, Heritage Lottery Fund, SEPA Water Environment Fund and West Lothian & City of Edinburgh Councils.

Watch the video below to learn more about the plans and how you can get involved!

Job Vacancy – Water Vole Project Officer

About the Trossachs Water Vole Project

This is a Partnership project between Forth Fisheries Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The first reintroduction of water voles in Scotland has successfully restored a water vole population to Forestry Commission Scotland sites in the Trossachs.  Water voles were previously extinct in this area for approximately 15 – 20 years due to habitat destruction and predation by American mink

Between 2008 and 2011, over 1000 animals were released at a number of restored wetland sites in Cowal & Trossachs Forest District.  These sites have been improved following the removal of conifers and the creation of extensive wetlands including ponds and ditches with plenty of lush vegetation providing ideal water vole habitat.  This has been carried out in conjunction with intensive mink control throughout the surrounding area. 

The Project has been a great success and water voles are now breeding and colonising new areas of suitable habitat within the wider landscape.

The role:  

There is a vacancy for a Water Vole Project Officer based at the Forestry Commission Scotland office at Aberfoyle. The Water Vole Project Officer will be required to help with the planning and implementation of monitoring and protecting the expanding population of water voles. This is a part time post of 24 hours per week; the contract period will be for 18 months initially, with the possibility of extension after that time. Salary for this post will be £9,720 per annum.

For further information please see the role profile.

About You

You will possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to relate to different age and ability groups. You must have the ability to work collaboratively with others and have a flexible approach to work, including working in a partnership environment involving a number of Scottish conservation organisations.  The post is fixed term and part time (occasional weekend work may be required). The successful candidate will be experienced in wildlife survey and ecological monitoring, with previous mink control experience an advantage. A degree in a related science or environment-related discipline is favoured, whilst a full UK driving licence is essential. A good level of animal handling and native conservation knowledge is beneficial, with excellent customer care skills a requirement.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send in your CV and Cover Letter to trust@fishforth.co.uk . For further information, please contact 0131 445 1527.

This post is subject to satisfactory references and a Disclosure check. The closing date for this position is 22nd June 2017 at 12pm. Please be aware that interviews will be held on the 26th June.

Trossachs water vole PO Job Description 2017 v2

Water Vole Project Officer Advert (002)

Allan Water Improvement Project Re-funded

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is pleased that the Allan Water Improvement Project has successfully received further funding from the Scottish Government to continue its much-needed work to support land managers along the river Allan and promote good land and water practices within the catchment.

The Allan runs from the Ochil Hills above Blackford in Perth & Kinross through the towns of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan to its confluence with the Forth just upstream of Stirling. It has a catchment size of approximately 216km2, supports populations of Atlantic salmon and sea trout and other protected species but is highly impacted by land & other infrastructure use which curtails its potential and adds to flood risk.

The project was started four years ago and is managed by the River Forth Fisheries Trust in conjunction with a steering group. It works with land managers offering assistance and advice to promote good land management practices along the river to identify and install potential ecosystem benefits such as Natural Flood Management and habitat restoration for the benefit of river processes, wildlife and communities throughout the catchment.

By working at catchment scale, the project has delivered a wide range of benefits including:
• A study on barriers to migration across the whole catchment and discussions for removal or mitigation with structure owners
• Creation of riparian woodlands to slow water run off to reduce flood risk, stabilise banks and cool the water
• Fund and deliver with landowners green engineering options which are wildlife friendly to prevent bank erosion and siltation
• Deliver peatland restoration in the upper catchment to reduce the speed of water run off and help with carbon sequestration
• Managing control of the invasive non-native species giant hogweed along riparian zones.

Over the next year, the project will be working with organisations such as Transport Scotland & Bear Scotland to address fish barriers along the A9 road corridor which runs along the eastern side of the Allan Water. When constructed, the culverts limited fish access to tributaries and prevented aquatic wildlife from moving freely throughout the catchment. To maintain sustainable fish populations, accessible habitat is required for Atlantic salmon and other migratory fish. By working with Transport Scotland and Bear the project will develop methods of removing the issues and allowing better access to spawning grounds and other habitat currently inaccessible.

Projects are also being discussed and agreed with landowners for more green bank improvements, heathland management and riparian planting to continue to protect the river from erosion and siltation and to benefit the long term aims of climate change and flood risk attenuation.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The River Forth Fisheries Trust’s catchment approach is improving the river environment and helping people understand the benefits of natural flood management measures.
“Our funding will help the Trust work with land managers across the catchment to make landscape changes which can help reduce surface water run-off and flooding.”

River Forth Fisheries Trust Manager Alison Baker said: The continued support from the Scottish Government allows the Trust to drive land and water management changes in the Allan Water catchment. The project can be flexible and reactive within the aims of the project plan which enables us to deliver opportunities in line with land owners requirements and bring cumulative improvements. The Project officer has developed wide ranging partnerships which the Trust would be unable to do without this important funding from Scottish Government. The diversity of this project brings benefits to both the environment and communities within the catchment.

For further information on the project and how to get assistance or support with water/land management to benefit the Allan Water then please get in touch with Lawrence Belleni, Allan Water Improvement Project Officer on 0131 445 1527 or l.belleni@fishforth.co.uk. More information also at http://www.fishforth.co.uk/…/allan-water-improvement-proje…/

Tesco Bags Of Help – voting now open and we need your help

River Forth Fisheries Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

River Forth Fisheries Trust is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland. 


Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

River Forth Fisheries Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Allan Water Invasive Species Project is part of the wider Forth Invasive Non Native Species programme (FINNS) which works with volunteers, community groups, Local Authorities, National Park, NGOs, agencies, and local businesses to manage Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) (and in the process promoting Native Species and biodiversity) through raising awareness events, surveying, training (formal and informal), control (volunteer community groups/contractors) and monitoring within the area in the Forth District.

This programme aims to prevent, to monitor and to control the introduction, spread and extent of Invasive Non-Native Species in a sustainable manner on a catchment-wide scale within the Allan Water Catchment and across the Forth District.
Amy Fergusson, Invasive Species Project Officer of the River Forth Fisheries Trust said:

“We are very excited to be involved in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The Allan Water Invasive Species Project aims to work alongside the ongoing District-wide Forth Invasive Non-Native Species Programme to continue to treat the Invasive Species in this catchment. The River Forth Fisheries Trust and its volunteers have dedicated a lot of time and effort to this programme and we are glad that we can continue control works along the Allan Water in 2017 with funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help.”

Voting is open in DUNBLANE and CALLANDER stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said: 
 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Giant hogweed invitation to tender

You are invited to submit one or more tenders for the below contracts for the treatment of Giant Hogweed along the River Almond.

The following files can be found at the links below: invitation to tender, form of tender, specification of service required and a map of tendered section. Please read all documents associated with each link below. If you have any issues accessing any of the documents please contact Jonathan Louis – tenders@fishforth.co.uk 01314451527

If you wish to submit a tender for one or more contracts please return the appropriate documents to tenders@fishforth.co.uk by 12 noon on the 28th April

Works should commence in May 2017 and be finished by the mid to end of June 2017

Please make sure that the following documents are also sent in at the same time as the form of tender document: 

  • Confirmation of the preferred method of treatment including reason for its preference.
  • Sample risk assessment and method statement of similar project
  • Copy of qualifications
  • Programme for undertaking the works

A98 – Boathouse Bridge

Form of Tender A89 to Boathouse Bridge

Invitation to tender A89 to Boathouse Bridge








Boathouse Bridge – A90

Form of Tender Boathouse Bridge to A90

Invitation to tender Boathouse Bridge to A90








M8 – A89 (Newbridge)

Form of Tender M8 to A89 (Newbridge)

Invitation to tender M8 to A89 (Newbridge)



RiverLife – Small Grants Scheme

Applications are now closed.

Next round of applications will be announced soon.

As part of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project, there is a small grants fund totalling £40,000 over four years.

This fund is intended to support individuals, organisations, and communities seeking assistance with their own projects which also meet RiverLife: Almond & Avon’s objectives. From art to practical environmental work, this fund is to improve our rivers and river corridors for the benefit of the community and reconnect communities and wildlife with their local rivers. It is open to organisations or groups from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors from within the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project area.

To qualify, projects MUST fulfil one or more of the following essential criteria:-

  • improve understanding of the natural heritage along rivers
  • capture and tell stories about changing rivers;
  • restore, manage and survey river habitats;
  • actively involve people in caring for their river;
  • improve access to the river whilst also managing the impacts of that access;
  • work with young people to inspire the next generation of river custodians;
  • produce materials that enhance people’s experience of rivers;
  • increase people’s ability to be involved with rivers either through training or engagement events.

Funds will be allocated over each of the application windows in roughly equal amounts, but this is not an absolute requirement and the assessment panel will have some discretion to bring funding forward should there be excellent applications totalling more than the allocated funds for that application window. Equally, the assessment panel reserves the right not to allocate all the money available in any given year if there should be insufficient applications of the required quality.

It is expected that individual grants will normally be in the range £250 – £5,000 although there are no set limits.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss possible applications with the RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project team to ensure eligibility and help maximise the chances of a successful application.

There will be up to two application windows each year, one at the end of March and one at the end of October.

Project must be with the RiverLife: Almond & Avon boundary.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

We are recruiting – Project Assistant


The River Forth Fisheries Trust is recruiting a Project Assistant to help deliver RiverLife: Almond & Avon. The Project Assistant will need to be a highly motivated and practical individual with a keen interest in rivers.

Job Description

Application Form

(Please download file via link above. Do not complete form in browser window. If the document does not download please email riverlife@fishforth.co.uk)

If you would like to apply for this post please send a completed application form to riverlife@fishforth.co.uk

or to our office address

RiverLife, River Forth Fisheries Trust, The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU

by midnight Sunday 12th February