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
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
We found ourselves at Ravenswood Local Nature reserve last Sunday finishing off the works around the Banter Bench to prevent mud accumulating on the installation. Big messy job, but I have to admit it looks lovely now and I might extend these works around that area to bring it all together. We met two local residents with their children and they told us that they love the Banter Bench and often have a seat while the kids go off and explore the woods within their sight, anyway I am digressing. … read more
This time of year is perfect for adventuring outside when it is frosty or has been raining to explore the wildlife that explore our greenspaces while we are all tucked up in bed fast asleep. On snowy or frosty days you can see the remnants of deer tracks across grassy fields while on rainy days you can spot animal tracks in the mud. Even better if it has been raining then with the temperature dropping the tracks are frozen waiting to be discovered. … 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?
Small pearl bordered fritillary at St Maurice's Pond
December’s Sunday volunteer session saw our team out at St Maurice’s pond to remove European larch and rhododendron. We were getting some funny looks from dog walkers and families using the circular walking route as they passed us by, it got me thinking…. The folks who were giving us funny looks might not understand why we were taking out perfectly good plants. … read more
A few weeks ago we realised an article on the benefits of volunteering and how we were turning desk jockeys into Nature Ninja’s, it was picked up by a popular Sunday newspaper and you may have seen our brilliant intern Louise, modelling the Fitbit as she carried out conservation tasks.
Each time we have a volunteer day one of our volunteers wares this hi-tech band on their wrist to count the distance and steps travelled during a four hour period. I also wear one every day and every six months we look at the differences between the two. … read more