This event is going to be held on Tuesday 18th September from 10:30 to 13:00
The meeting location is going to be at N55° 56.868 W003° 13.685.
There is metered parking at this location, which Edinburgh council have advertised as being £2 per hour. May be worthwhile thinking of arriving by other means. I will endeavour to check this and post an announcement before the event.
Today’s CITO is going to be located on the Water of Leith at the Bell's Weir area of the river.
This CITO is going to concentrate on various work which includes the cutting and seeding of the Bell's Weir Meadow.
There will be trained volunteers assisting us to identify plants that require removing and what is to stay.
It is not expected that anyone will be required to go into the river, however if you have waders then please bring them along but leave them in your car. If there is a need to enter the water then you may be called upon.
There will be a Health & Safety brief done at the above co-ordinates by the Water of Leith Conservation Trust. You will be expected to sign a disclaimer stating that you have received and understood the brief!
Straight after the brief we will get started on the meadow, meeting back at the start co-ords. This should take no more than 2 1/2 hours (dependant on numbers that turn up).
All equipment that is required will be supplied. It is advised to wear long trousers and boots.
Why this work is required at this location?
97% of British wildflower meadows have disappeared in Britain since 1937 due to changes in agricultural practices. This has a MASSIVE knock on effects for pollinators such as bumblebees and many many other species.
To create a flower rich meadow you need to strip the ground of the nutrients that favour course dominant species such as thistles so you can encourage the smaller herbs. This is a process which is accompanied by planting and reseeding that is an ongoing process until the meadow is established.
The conservation trust have working on Bells Weir Meadow for a few years now and its really showing results.
Why The Water Of Leith?
Well the conservation trust are in full knowledge of the caches along the river, and despite all of the cleanups that happen they get left alone. They are supportive of our hobby, and I think it is good to let them see that we are willing to give back to them for that support. They are also a registered charity and require local organisations and other groups to volunteer to clean and maintain the river, so that their costs can be kept to a minimum.
Keep an eye on this listing, as changes may be made, I will post an announcement message on here each time I make any significant changes.