Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Education

 

Sanctuary Scotland helps high school pupils experience nature

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Sanctuary Scotland came out with us recently on a Natural Connections workshop at St Maurice's pond to discover how the towns young people are connecting with nature.  Funding from Sanctuary Scotland has helped purchase tools and PPE for Students which will enable them to continue the legacy of Natural Connections.  … read more

Natural Connections - Woodlands, a delicate balance

From little acorns......

A couple of weeks ago I was writing about the necessities of cutting down trees and the many reasons for doing so.  This week I am going to look a bit deeper into the structure of a woodland and why it is vitally important to have a range of trees at different ages as part of the healthy woodlands being planned in Cumbernauld Living Landscape.

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Natural Connections - Looking after our woodlands

Oak leaves © Katrina Martin

For most people conservation is about planting trees or creating wildflower meadows and they would be mostly correct. But looking after the health of our woodlands and greenspaces also means that every now and then we cut down and remove trees. 

Vandalism, fire, disease, non-native trees, structural safety and storm damage are the main reasons for the removal of a tree.

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Natural Connections - Help wildlife through a cold snap

Bee-utiful bumblebee © Katrina Martin

Who else got a bit of a shock when Storm Doris rolled into town?

Like many others I was caught in the traffic as the snow and ice brought the road network to a standstill.  It was great to see the spirit of Cumbernauld in action though as people helped out stuck motorists with a push or a shovel.

Cold snaps like this can be a death sentence for wildlife.  A few days before Doris we were getting reports of bumblebee queens out looking for nesting sites. Read on to find out more about our bumblebees..... … read more

Natural Connections - Wildlife Watch looking for budding naturalists

A few years ago now, when I first delivered the pine marten workshops to primary schools I was often asked if there was a club that children could attend to help them learn and reconnect with nature.  Teachers and parents were constantly telling me that there was a demand for this type of activity

We tried a few attempts at getting Watch leaders and then venues and just as we thought we could launch the group something would happen that would knock us back down… but we don’t give up!  … read more

Natural Connections - Motorbikes drowning out the birdsong in Forest Wood

Damage sustained from high velocity vehicles limits our ability to carry out conservation work

I love a walk in the woods at this time of year so at the weekend I headed out to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Forest Wood reserve to see if I could spot the beautiful carved wooden pine martens the Trust has hidden among the trees. 

The cold, still air carried sound wonderfully and my ears were tuned to the sounds of the birds singing, heralding the oncoming spring. Unfortunately however it wasn’t long before the sounds of the birds were drowned out by the sound of motorbikes. … read more

Natural Connections - Track down the new carvings

Pine marten resting

As part of a £50,000 WREN funded path access project in Cumbernauld.   Cumbernauld Greenspace Reserves Manager, Duncan has become a bit of a creative artist.  Duncan has chainsaw sculpted 7 life size pine marten heads and one full size body and placed them peeking out of tree cavities.  If you are wondering around Forest Wood keep an eye open for them and post your images to our Facebook page.

Pine martens are nocturnal and incredibly shy creatures.... … read more

Programme leaders

Scottish Wildlife Trust   North Lanarkshire Council   Forestry Commission   Central Scotland Green Network  North Lanarkshire Council