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River Leven Nature Network design unveiled

The design aims to support local biodiversity and bring communities together.


Partnerships, Habitat & Biodiversity, Sustainable Water Management


22 August 2023

As part of The Leven Programme, Green Action Trust has been working to develop designs for a Nature Network in the River Park along the River Leven.

A Nature Network is a connection of nature-rich sites that supports and enables species connectivity, linking existing areas of semi-natural habitat for wildlife to live and thrive. This nature-based solution helps to restore and expand biodiversity, as well as providing people with a multifunctional green space.

The Leven Programme Nature Network lies between Cameron Bridge and the Bawbee Bridge across the river at Levenmouth, Fife. It is almost 3 miles in length and builds on the Levenmouth Active Travel Network. Along with enhancing biodiversity, aims of the Nature Network include:

  • Increase habitat connectivity, linking green places for wildlife to live.
  • Improve natural drainage using rain to water plants and slow down water flow to reduce flood impact downstream.
  • Support local food growing and provide foraging fruit in the landscape.
  • Encourage healthy physical activity and contribute to an attractive active travel network.
  • Build the sense of place of the Leven valley.

With the development phase completed, the interactive StoryMap with the proposed design is now available to view here.

If you have any questions or feedback about the StoryMap and designs, please email [email protected]

The development phase of the Nature Network is funded by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot.

Design development of the Nature Network was led by Raeburn Farquhar Bowen.