Duck race delight as children on the River Almond make splash


Children are pictured making a splash at Livingston Rugby Club as they celebrate the completion of a fish bypass on the River Almond, West Lothian for the first time in over 200 years.

The bypass will allow fish such as Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Lamprey and Eel to return to the spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the river.

The works on the river and events like the duck race are part of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project – an ambitious programme of works undertaking a range of catchment wide improvements along the rivers Almond and Avon.

From left: Skyla-Mae Hunter (aged 6) and Louise Glen (aged 7) choose their favourite ducks. Image: Neil Hanna

The project hopes to engage communities to help restore the natural heritage of the Almond and Avon, the project will reconnect wildlife and communities with their local rivers.

The RiverLife project will run until 2020, promising action packed volunteer days, community lead action for our rivers, education days with Fish in the Class, and opportunities for the public to see the benefits to our river systems.

The project is a partnership project between the Forth Rivers Trust (formerly the River Forth Fisheries Trust) , West Lothian Council & City of Edinburgh Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, SEPA Water Environment Fund and the The Scottish Government.