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
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
Normally when we are talking about small coppers we mean butterflies, this time we mean business. During the summer our regular volunteers fall away due to family commitments, holidays and a chance to get out and enjoy the brief glimpses of sunshine we get here in Scotland.
However, this summer we have had a boost in numbers thanks to the lads and lassies of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. These volunteers are local teenagers who are taking part in a two year programme with Police Scotland to build up work experience, boost their confidence and become responsible members of our community. … read more
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
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
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
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