River Maintenance

Mains Burn Clear up Project, River Avon, LINLITHGOW

One of the main priorities for the River Avon is the ongoing management of habitat, including the management and control of invasive plant species along the river banks

Clearing debris and vegetation from the Mains Burn at Linlithgow was identified as one of the top ten Priority Actions within the River Avon Management Plan. 

Above Littlemill Bridge, the burn runs through arable land and has very few obstructions to the passage of spawning fish. The pilot project concentrated on the more heavily obstructed length between the main stem of the Avon at NS 98870 and the Littlemill Bridge at NS 986781.

Lower reaches of Mains Burn

Both landowners, West Lothian Council, and farmer Jamie Smart, had  been approached and had agreed to the work. 

A professional Arboriculturist was contracted to carry out the clearance work limited to cutting up and removing fallen trees and obstacles over the burn. Standing trees were not felled and arisings were stacked on the river bank to assist biodiversity of the area.

Record Photographs – October 2011

BEFORE – Looking downstream (west) to show fallen trees.


After – upstream

After – showing removal of Obstructions and clearance of fallen timber – Downstream


AFTER – Looking upstream (east) at Weir Pool.

BEFORE – Looking upstream at the Old Weir Pool.

Spring Clean April 2012

To continue with the cleaning up of the Mains Burn and its environs, LAC registered as part of the National Spring Clean for 2012.

West Lothian Council agreed to provide equipment, black bags and to arrange a pick up of rubbish. We spread the litter pick over two days. Scottish Water offered six of their employees, to help with the litter pick.

The target area was Mains Burn from Fisher’s Brae and up to the confluence with the Avon collecting a tonne bag with rubbish. On day2 nine LAC members turned out, clearing  the Mains Burn between the rugby pitches and the Aldi / Homebase / Linlithgow Bridge Primary School areas.

Overall the Spring Clean had a very positive PR effect profiled in the Gazette, and acknowledgment of the Club by other local community groups.