Sometimes projects can take a few years to plan. Planning for our current project at Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve began way back in 2014 and was the original basis of The Conservation Volunteer Community Engagement trainee-ship post. However things happen, groups disband, ideas sometimes get put on hold and other priorities come to the fore, but these ideas are never quashed. … read more
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
With so much achieved last year it is hard at times to imagine even more accomplishments for 2017 but we are a restless bunch in the Cumbernauld office and we are always looking to improve people’s connections with nature and wildlife. So what is in store for this year?
This Sunday 20th November 12 noon – 2pm the Cumbernauld Wildlife Watch club for children aged 7-12 years, who love the outdoors and nature, will be creating Christmas crafts to raise funds for the group to help them with equipment. These crafts will be on display and available to pick up for a donation, on Saturday the 10th of December from 12 noon - 4pm at the Palacerigg Country Parks annual Winterfest Event. This is a fun event for families with Santa, craft stalls and other activities. … read more
It’s often difficult for people to realise that connecting with nature is of benefit to them, which can cause us to be a bit creative in the office to come up with ideas to show the benefits of the outdoors while having fun too. That is why we held a Lego photography event in the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s beautiful Cumbernauld Glen wildlife reserve last week.
Sadly for us the first day was a bit of a washout with horizontal rain, so with the high likelihood of damage to cameras and phones we decided to postpone the event until the Wednesday for a chance of better weather. Unknown to us though some brave soul was out (during the only dry part of the day) and they captured some amazing shots. … read more
It is coming up to that time of year again when the spirits of the Otherworld can walk on our side for one night only. Where our children dress up as ghosts and witches to confuse and befuddle these spirits.
Cumbernauld Living Landscape is holding a Hallowe’en night at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cumbernauld Glen reserve to help local families practice their zombie shuffles and ghostly groans.
On Saturday the 29th of October from 5pm - 7:30pm there will be a self-led walk around the Glen with activities around the route. … read more
Louise and I were delighted to represent Cumbernauld at the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards held in Aberdeen last week. This is an annual award for towns and communities to recognise the work that groups and volunteers do to improve their spaces and they are an inspiring bunch. Thanks and well done to everyone who helped with this year’s entry.
Cumbernauld won silver for the third year but after getting some tips and trade secrets from the judges I know that with a bit more work and more people involved we can win gold next year. … read more