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Nature Network Storymap has been launched!

  16-Aug-2023 |   The Leven Programme

We are excited to announce the launch of our Nature Network StoryMap, which showcases the design ideas for a Nature Network in the River Park along the River Leven.

Following the completion of the development phase for the Nature Network project led by our partner Green Action Trust, the proposed design is now available for the public in an interactive StoryMap. The design of the Nature Network is informed by desk and field studies which researched the ecology, hydrology and landscape of the area, as well as a series of consultation events with the community including co-design events with the Community Steering Group and Levenmouth Academy.

Designs include the enhancement of existing features, as well as areas for potential habitat creation, flood mitigation, and green network connectivity. The project area lies between Cameron Bridge and the Bawbee Bridge across the river and is about 3 miles in length.

A map showing the extent of the Nature Network from Cameron Bridge down to Bawbee Bridge

Aims of the Nature Network include:

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

A visual demonstrating the difference between dispersed nature in a fragmented landscape compared to a connected nature network

You can access the StoryMap and view the full design by clicking here. We see this StoryMap as a resource for all—if you are involved in an organisation with a connection to the River Park, or are interested in taking part of the network forward, please contact us at

The River Park is a large area and delivery of these proposals is dependent on securing further funding, which will likely involve different proposals being delivered at different times.  The project team will also be looking at ways in which the Nature Network can be integrated into other project opportunities, becoming part of the River Park.

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

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