Cumbernauld Living Landscape

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Cumbernauld Living Landscape transforms desk jockeys into Nature Ninjas

Natura Ninja - Louise Smith with Fitbit tracker

Nature Ninjas taking part in conservation work in Cumbernauld burn nearly double the number of active calories compared to a day spent at an office desk.

The Cumbernauld Living Landscape Nature Ninjas volunteer on the first Sunday of every month to help improve three green spaces in Cumbernauld, St Maurice’s Pond, Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve and Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve.

These volunteers are wearing activity trackers on their wrists to record the amount of steps taken and calories used during work on nature reserves and at public events. Data from the devices revealed that they burn around 1,500 calories and walk an average distance of ten kilometres (six miles) during conservation work, roughly double the amount of active calories used in a normal day at the office.  … read more

Natural Connections - A path to kingfishers

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

I saw my first kingfisher last week! Paul and I were on a Path Grading course at Oatridge College run by Paths for All.  While we were learning how to measure and describe paths our instructor stopped dead in his tracks and whispered that there was a kingfisher on the wee bridge to our left. I could hardly contain my excitement. I felt like a teenager again desperate to see this amazing bird, that I had heard looked like a blue jewel shimmering in the sun. … read more

Natural Connections - Get involved in Beautiful Cumbernauld

Enjoying the wonder of a wildflower meadow

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

Recruiting Now!

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION INTERN

Do you have a passion for nature and love to communicate with young people?

Are you looking to begin a career in conservation or environmental education?

We need your help with our Natural Connections project to engage young people in Cumbernauld! … read more

Natural Connections - Celebrating Local Wildlife Sites

The beautiful oak and bluebell wood of Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve

In the conservation world we have specific designations for sites which are important for wildlife.  From Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation to Special Protection Areas they all have one thing in common.  They create corridors and pockets of habitats for wildlife to live freely.  Here in Cumbernauld we have many sites with designations, but one that most of you will know are the fantastic local wildlife sites or local nature reserves. … read more

Natural Connections - Wild ways to Wellbeing

Once upon a time having a mental health problem was a taboo subject, something not mentioned in polite conversation, an issue that many sufferers tried to keep a secret even from their loved ones.  The times, however, are changing. The success of programmes such as the Scottish Government’s “See Me” campaign to end mental health stigma means that mental health issues should no longer be hidden away. Government statistics show that 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health ‘event’ at some point in their lives.  For many people this will be a fleeting event but for others it will have a profound effect on their lives.  … read more

Natural Connections - It's about education naturally!

Enjoying the outdoors

For some the thought of returning to high school is great, the holidays have been a bit too long the weather not so good and it will be great to see their pals again, but others hate it.  They don’t know how to relate to their peers, they may not be responsive to current methods of teaching or don’t do well in exams.  The pressure builds until they decide to just stay out of school and not bother with an education.

The Cumbernauld Living Landscape has identified a possible solution to this and over the past year piloted the highly successful Natural Connections to 2 high schools in the town.  We are about to deliver the next phase of workshops to the remaining high schools Cumbernauld Academy and Our Lady’s from September.  A very exciting time and I can’t wait to get started! … read more

Programme leaders

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