The River Leven Angling Club are delighted to have recently secured funding to support the installation of a Farsons Digital Camera at Cameron Bridge near Leven.
The camera allows people to monitor water levels on the River Leven around this area without needing to visit in person.
It adds to a network of webcams now in place up and down the UK, providing real-time video feeds and data including river heights, rainfall, tide times and weather.
The Club has been supported in its venture with funding from Green Action Trust through the Levenmouth Connectivity Project (funded by Transport Scotland through the Sustrans Places for Everyone programme) , while Fife Council’s Local Community Planning Budget has also contributed to the £2600 price tag.
Drinks firm Diageo has kindly allowed space for the camera’s location near its distillery.
As a result of this team effort, the webcam images are publicly available and can be used by anyone. For the Club specifically, it will allow anglers of all abilities to view the river and assess water height for safety before they decide to fish.
Brian McGlashan, members secretary from the River Leven Angling Club, said: “We’re really pleased to see the camera up and running, and I think the effort put in by everybody will be worth it.
“Our members, and any other interested parties, now only need to check the website and can determine if it is safe to fish or not.
“The club also hope to install a visible water level gauge in the near future.
“We’ve tried for years to get some funding for this project, so we’d just like to thank everyone for their help in making it happen.”
The River Leven Angling Club not only promotes fishing on both the River Leven and the River Ore, but it is determined to maintain the river’s general health for current and future generations.
Sarah Macdonald, Project Manager of the Restoring the River Leven Project who helped support this work, added: “We're delighted to be working alongside the local Angling Club on the project and they are helping inform the restoration options.
"Plans to adapt the Kirkland Dam to enable better fish passage up and downstream and full removal of the Burn Mill Dam will have a significant and positive impact on local fish populations, allowing species such as trout, salmon and eel among others to develop and thrive."
All fishing along the River Leven is now compulsory catch and release, meaning all fish must be carefully returned to the river unharmed.
If you would like to find out more about fishing locally, please get in touch with the River Leven Angling Club via their website: www.riverlevenanglingclub.co.uk
To view the feed from the Cameron Bridge camera, visit https://www.farsondigitalwatercams.com/locations/cameron-bridge-leven.
For more information on the Restoring the River Leven or Levenmouth Connectivity Projects please take a look here: Projects | The Leven Programme.
Our photo shows Stewart Grieve, chairman, and Brian McGlashan, membership secretary, down by the river.