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

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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

SPECIFICATION OF SERVICES REQUIRED A89 to Boathouse Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boathouse Bridge – A90

Form of Tender Boathouse Bridge to A90

Invitation to tender Boathouse Bridge to A90

SPECIFICATION OF SERVICES REQUIRED Boathouse Bridge to A90

 

 

 

 

 

 

M8 – A89 (Newbridge)

Form of Tender M8 to A89 (Newbridge)

Invitation to tender M8 to A89 (Newbridge)

SPECIFICATION OF SERVICES REQUIRED 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

RECRUITMENT

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

Calling all anglers to submit redd sightings

The Trust is on the hunt for redds within the Forth District and we need your help.

We have created a new reporting website for anyone who may have spotted a redd within rivers in the Forth District and would like to report it in to us here at the Trust. This will help the Trust collate a database of where fish are most likely to spawn and assist with any future monitoring of rivers within the Forth District. This is a new method of reporting redds to the Trust and we welcome any feedback on the process to make it better for the future.

To find out how to identify a redd please click here http://www.gov.scot/Uploads/Documents/Redd%20counting_.pdf

Click on the following link to report a redd and find out more information https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/ed0858ab395547aabe134ad32f33e2f3

If you would like to get in touch with the Trust or have any questions about redds and the survey tool above please contact the office and ask for Jonathan.

Email – trust@fishforth.co.uk

Phone – 0131 445 1527

 

Genetics study competition winners named

The Trust would like to thank all anglers who contributed to our genetics study over the past two years. At the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board annual meeting we had a draw to find out who was the lucky angler to win the bottle of Macallan whisky and the £50 Angling Active voucher.

Due to circumstances, we decided to split the prize as there was one angler who had managed to collect a massive 32 samples from himself and other anglers who had not submitted their names. George Macintosh, an angler on the River Allan drummed up support on the river and caught a fair few himself so we decided to offer him first choice of prize and he chose the £50 voucher. The draw took place to decide who would win the bottle of whisky and this was won by Iain Halliday, an angler who caught his salmon on the River Teith at Cambusmore. Well done both for being the lucky winners.

The Trust and Board would like to thank all who participated this year and we will be distributing more sample tubes to proprietors and clubs to hand out in 2017 and similar incentives will be provided.

We need your help – Scale sample collection for the Forth, Teith, Allan and Devon

If you’re lucky enough to catch a salmon this season, we need your help! We are collecting scale samples from salmon returning to the Rivers Forth, Teith, Devon and Allan Water so that we can determine if the fish have returned to the river they originated from, or if they have strayed into a neighbouring river.
 
The Forth Returning Adults Project aims to investigate ‘straying’ using genetic analysis. Juvenile salmon in these rivers have already been analysed to determine their genetic make-up. The results showed that fish could be matched to each river with a reasonable level of accuracy. Now, we can do the same for returning adults, by comparing their genetic make-up to the juvenile populations. All we need is a sample of around five scales from as many rod caught adult salmon as possible.
 
If you would like to be involved in helping to collect this information get in touch with Sylvian ( s.barry@fishforth.co.uk ) or by calling 0131 4451527 then we will provide you with a sampling kit and leaflet which explains how to collect the scales and what information you will have to collect.
 
All anglers returning scale samples will be entered into our prize draw, with top prizes of a £50 voucher for angling active and a bottle of Macallan single malt, plus various runners up prizes. Winners will be contacted directly and announced on our website at the end of the season.

We need your help – Scale sample collection for the Forth, Teith, Allan and Devon

If you’re lucky enough to catch a salmon this season, we need your help! We are collecting scale samples from salmon returning to the Rivers Forth, Teith, Devon and Allan Water so that we can determine if the fish have returned to the river they originated from, or if they have strayed into a neighbouring river.
 
The Forth Returning Adults Project aims to investigate ‘straying’ using genetic analysis. Juvenile salmon in these rivers have already been analysed to determine their genetic make-up. The results showed that fish could be matched to each river with a reasonable level of accuracy. Now, we can do the same for returning adults, by comparing their genetic make-up to the juvenile populations. All we need is a sample of around five scales from as many rod caught adult salmon as possible.
 
If you would like to be involved in helping to collect this information get in touch with Sylvian ( s.barry@fishforth.co.uk ) or by calling 0131 4451527 then we will provide you with a sampling kit and leaflet which explains how to collect the scales and what information you will have to collect.
 
All anglers returning scale samples will be entered into our prize draw, with top prizes of a £50 voucher for angling active and a bottle of Macallan single malt, plus various runners up prizes. Winners will be contacted directly and announced on our website at the end of the season.