ESCom Conference 2016 Fieldtrip




On 21st April the ESCom Fieldtrip with David Anderson, RSPB takes participants to the Inner Forth.

The landscape of the Inner Forth plays host to a fantastic range of wildlife and heritage. The vast mudflats of the river hold internationally important populations of wintering wildfowl and waders, while on the banks of the river oil refineries and power stations rise up as a testament to the areas industrial heritage. It is also however a landscape that is under pressure, new developments and climate change threaten the very habitats that give nature a home in the local area, while the local heritage is often overlooked and forgotten.

This field trip will explore this landscape and demonstrate how two closely related projects, the RSPB Futurescape and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, are working to reveal and enhance the natural and cultural environment of the Inner Forth, and bring multiple benefits to the people and wildlife of the area. You will meet staff from different organisations that are leading projects and see the strong partnerships that are delivering work on a landscape scale throughout the Inner Forth.


10:30am: Arrival at Skinflats (There will be a ten minute walk from where the bus can park to the reserve)/ Introduction to the Futurescape (David Anderson, RSPB) and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (Kate Fuller, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative).

10:50am: Walk around the RSPB Skinflats Tidal Exchange (David Anderson, RSPB Scotland)

11:30am: Walk back to bus

11:40am: Travel to Clackmannan Tower

12pm: Arrive at Clackmannan Tower/Look at the cultural heritage of the Forth (Kirsty McAlister, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative)

12:45pm: Travel to Black Devon Wetlands

1pm: Packed lunch (eaten on bus or outside weather dependent)

1:30pm: Black Devon Wetlands Reserve  (David Anderson, RSPB Scotland)

2:30pm: Travel to Fallin Bing/Wester Moss

3pm: Visit to Falling Bing (Suzie Bairner, Buglife) and Wester Moss (David Hill, Butterfly conservation)

4pm: Travel back to Edinburgh. 

£15 registration fee, participants should bring own lunch