RiverLife – Small Grants Scheme

Please download an application form and complete using the guidance notes provided and send to riverlife@fishforth.co.uk

Closing date for the first round of applications is 31st March 2017

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.

Invitation to Tender – RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project Evaluation

River Forth Fisheries Trust require a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to evaluate the RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project.  The consultant will work with the project team and partner organisations to collect the evidence required to evaluate the project and ensure the evaluation meets the Heritage Lottery Funds guidance and evaluation criteria.  The Evaluation will assess to what extent the intended project outcomes have been successfully achieved and will identify and describe the factors that have influenced delivery.

Please find attached the tender brief which outlines in detail what is required and invites you to tender for the work.

Applications should be made electronically via tenders@fishforth.co.uk by 12pm (midday) on 3rdOctober 2016.  If you could please confirm by 26th September if you are intending to submit a tender.

Do get in touch if you have queries via tenders@fishforth.co.uk – please put in the subject line of your email “RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project Evaluation Question“.

supporting documents

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If you require the draft Evaluation and Monitoring Plan which has been produced as part of the development phase, please email tenders@fishforth.co.uk

Recruitment opens for RiverLife: Almond & Avon

The River Forth Fisheries Trust are recruiting three new members of staff to help deliver RiverLife: Almond Avon, an ambitious catchment restoration project aiming to reconnect communities and wildlife to their local rivers. We are recruiting a Capital Projects Manager, A Community Engagement Officer and a Volunteer Coordinator. For more details and to view the job descriptions for each of the posts please follow the links below.

Deadline is 2pm on the 27th September

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Please note, due to recently moving office (along the corridor) our phone line and broadband are currently awaiting to be installed. This means that the 0131 4451527 number is unavailable. If you need to contact a member of staff please contact their mobile or send a message via email or our facebook account. It is expected that this issue will persist until the afternoon of the 24th August.

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.