The main aim of our Environmental Monitoring Programme is to collate photographs and written descriptions of key sites within the Ochils Landscape Partnership area.
Environmental Monitoring volunteers were asked to select a site or sites to monitor throughout the year. The volunteers have been photographing their chosen sites on a regular basis - usually on a set date each week or month - and have been writing descriptions of what they see, hear, smell and touch.
Sites selected so far include the Ochil Hills themselves and key spots along the River Devon.
Through regular monitoring we are able to chart climate change as well as wear and erosion. By undertaking projects such as this we are able to pinpoint pressure sites, for example overused paths and flooding areas, which allows us to take action to protect and improve our local environment for the future.
The images and descriptions of the sites are being continually uploaded to our website so we can track the changes across the seasons. Take a look at how our environment alters throughout the year!
Susan Dunbar is monitoring the banks of the River Devon from Sterling Mills to the old Red Bridge in Tillicoultry.
Maris Kiernan is monitoring the bridle path at the Upper Ochils Woodland Park, facing west.
Children from Strathdevon Primary School are monitoring a section of Dollar Burn.
Maris Kiernan is monitoring the entrance to the Upper Ochils Woodland Park, facing west.
Lesley Creevy is monitoring part of the River Devon behind Sterling Mills along Drummie Road from the bridge on Moss Road in Tillicoultry. Lesley is taking pictures from the bridge looking into the river.
Children from Menstrie Primary School are monitoring a section of Menstrie Burn.
Children from Muckhart Primary School are monitoring the pond at Muckhart Nature Park.
Jane Edwards is photographing the banks of the River Devon trail; from Glenfoot bridge to the remains of the old railway viaduct in the distance.
James Cox is monitoring the River Devon around the Red Bridge at the bend in the river above the Devonvale Hall in Tillicoultry. James is capturing river level fluctuations at three vantage points.
Brian Dawson is monitoring a section of tree canopy at Alva Glen. Brian is photographing from a fixed vantage point of Sycamore, Rowan and Beech trees. Brian is also observing the burn and diverse wildlife found in Alva Glen.
Maris Kiernan is monitoring the Ochil Hills from Clacks Tower.
Children from Menstrie Primary School are monitoring the Ochil Hills.