The Inner Forth is a landscape rich in industrial heritage, hugely important for agriculture and home to many thousands of people.
While this may not sound like the kind of landscape typically associated with fantastic wildlife, there is another side to the Inner Forth which often goes unnoticed.
Take the time to explore the area and the sight of redshanks foraging in the mud, lapwings dancing in the sky and, if you’re lucky, a short-eared owl hunting as dusk falls will greet you. This stunning mix of wildlife against the backdrop of human industry creates an interesting landscape, deserving of a closer look.
We are actively working to create new wetland habitats, providing homes and food for wildlife and helping achieve a wide range of other benefits for people living around the Forth. Much of this work is currently being delivered through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserve within this Futurescape is:
This reserve is primarily intertidal mud and a small area of saltmarsh. A small field is planned for managed retreat in the next five years. Key birds include migrant and wintering wildfowl, pink footed geese and waders.
We're working to safeguard and improve special places for nature. Each Futurescape contains a range of initiatives in addition to our reserves. The combination of these creates better conditions for wildlife across the countryside.
A project aiming to enhance the landscape and celebrate the history of the Inner Forth is one step closer to securing major funding.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Inner Forth. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
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