Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Projects

 

Natural Connections - Family Fun Day

This year the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park and Glen are hosting the final event of the summer on the 19th of August from 12pm – 3pm.  The event will be at Cumbernauld House Park in the field in front of the big house with a variety of stalls and fun activities. … read more

Natural Connections - Weeding out undesirables

SUDs pond now has Azolla growing in it

Cumbernauld Living Landscape has a new Intern! Katherine is with us for 12 weeks surveying Invasive Non-native species on the three Natural Connections sites.  Her work will let us compare a previous survey of 2015 to let us see how far it has spread, if our volunteer days of clearing it have made an impact and it will map precisely where each plant is for us to be able to clear it out in the future. … read more

Natural Connections - Lacewings, a gardeners friend

Common Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea

I recently had a visitor to my garden the other day.  A lacewing had flown in and had taken up residence on one of my plants to sleep off a busy night collecting pollen and nectar. Mainly nocturnal these insects are named due to the almost glass like transparent lacing of the wings, which rest in a tent shape over the abdomen. You might spot them on a late summer evening, weakly flitting through meadows or even your own garden plants. … read more

Night-time Window on Wildlife

Have you ever walked through some woodland and wondered what creatures might live there that we can’t see?  That use their superb senses and camouflage to hide from human eyes and come out only when no-one is around.

Ever looked out into the garden, or the street and wondered what wildlife visits in the night?  Maybe you’ve heard the scream of a fox, the hoot of an owl or the snuffling of a badger.

One way to find out is to throw a light switch or head out with a torch, but by doing so you might frighten off the animals you’d like to see, or at the very least change their behaviour hugely.  … read more

Natural Connections - Cause for Concern

Wood Pigeon, Columba palumbus

Recently I was stopped while leading a volunteer team in Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve about a report that a local resident had made to the police.

One evening within the past month someone had been seen shooting wood pigeons on the reserve. The incident was reported to police and the resident was asked if he was knew if the landowner had granted permission.  … read more

Natural connections - Wildlife comes alive in the sun

Previous pond dipping session held during a guided walk

Summer is here! It’s time to unpack the sunshine, get the deckchairs out and relax in Cumbernauld’s Mediterranean-climate. Or, as is more often the case, get out the waterproofs and scuba gear and have a soggy barbeque!

We have enjoyed a good spell of warm dry weather over the last few weeks and the town’s green spaces have burst into life as a result. It’s been a great boost for invertebrates and we’ve had some great sightings of bumblebees and butterflies.  … read more

Natural Connections - The dangers of garden escapes

New Zealand flat worm - Invasive non-native species

The Cumbernauld Living Landscape team have been hard at work recently working with volunteers to make improvements to Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve.  Part of this job has involved digging up some of the garden escape plants that have found their way onto the site and replacing them with native wildflowers.

We had hoped that some of the plants we removed could have been donated to volunteers and local charities, however while we were digging we made a very unpleasant discovery - New Zealand Flatworms. … read more

Programme leaders

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