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Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Want to learn more about your local area and help monitor burns to reduce flood risk?

We’ve launched an exciting new project with Clackmannanshire Council to get local communities involved in recording information about flooding in some of the Hillfoot Burns.

Aim: The Environmental Monitoring volunteers will chose and monitor their identified site(s) throughout the year on a regular basis and from the same vantage point– via taking a photograph and making a written description of what they see on the day. Monitoring sites include:

Tillicoultry Burn confluence to River Devon Alva Burn at A91 Road Bridge Dollar Burn water race … Continue reading

TCV Citizen Science – new partnership with Young Scot and #iwill

TCV Citizen Science – new partnership with Young Scot and #iwill

TCV has joined the Young Scot Rewards Programme and #iwill campaign by making committed #iwill pledges of support and offering Young Scot opportunities to make a difference across Scotland.

#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020. This UK wide campaign aims to encourage and empower more young people to make a difference to their community and to causes they care about through activities such as volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and mentoring.

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity. … Continue reading

Community Rewilding in Action!

Community Rewilding in Action!

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Community Rewilding project across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley…


‘Rewild the Child’ – Back in April, 6 children went WILD at Faifley Knowes in Clydebank. They successfully charmed some worms out of the ground with their worm dancing, found lots of bugs and beasties and made mini bug homes which they took home for the bugs in their gardens. The children loved playing dens inside a bush while looking for bugs and burnt off lots of energy running around pretending to be worms being chased by a bird.

‘Go Wild … Continue reading

Balsam Bashing…..

…well, not really bashing, more like gently pulling the balsam out of the riverside.

Today the TCV Stirling Midweek Group was out at Muiravonside again, no not more rhododendron removal, this time we were pulling Himalayan Balsam from it’s cosy nooks in the banks of the river.

This plant is extremely invasive and a non-native to boot! It can spread extremely quickly over large areas of land and out competes the native plants. The Himalayan Balsam is an annual plant usually found near rivers, meaning that it grows very quickly once spring comes then flowers and drops its seeds … Continue reading