A project aimed at revealing the hidden history, culture and natural wealth of one of Scotland's industrial landscapes has received a lottery cash boost.
RSPB Scotland has been granted almost £2m in funding from the Heritage Lottery for the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.
Sitting between the country’s two ancient capitals, Stirling and Dunfermline, the group works with local people to restore and conserve important features in the area.
The area has been home to Scotland's industries for centuries, and became an important trade route with the rest of the world.
Along the coastline, there is evidence of ancient ports and harbours, salt pans, limekilns, mining and whisky production, sitting alongside the industries of today at Grangemouth, Alloa and Longannet.
The area is designated as an internationally important site for birds, and provides refuge for thousands of wildfowl and wading birds in the winter.
Kate Studd, Inner Forth Landscape Partnership officer, said: "We're delighted that we have cleared this all-important first hurdle and that the Heritage Lottery Fund recognises the potential of what can be achieved in this landscape.
"The Inner Forth is an area of real conservation and historic importance. Sadly, despite its fascinating history, it is often overlooked and undervalued. With this support from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we will be able to work with local communities to take action to protect and celebrate the area's valuable heritage."
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