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
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
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
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
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 couple of weeks ago I was writing about the necessities of cutting down trees and the many reasons for doing so. This week I am going to look a bit deeper into the structure of a woodland and why it is vitally important to have a range of trees at different ages as part of the healthy woodlands being planned in Cumbernauld Living Landscape.
Sanctuary Scotland came out with us recently on a Natural Connections workshop at St Maurice's pond to discover how the towns young people are connecting with nature. Funding from Sanctuary Scotland has helped purchase tools and PPE for Students which will enable them to continue the legacy of Natural Connections. … read more