Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Species and habitats

 

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

Natural Connections - Community makes a difference

Community and The Conservation Volunteers getting stuck in

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

Natural Connections - Woodlands, a delicate balance

From little acorns......

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.

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Natural Connections - Looking after our woodlands

Oak leaves © Katrina Martin

For most people conservation is about planting trees or creating wildflower meadows and they would be mostly correct. But looking after the health of our woodlands and greenspaces also means that every now and then we cut down and remove trees. 

Vandalism, fire, disease, non-native trees, structural safety and storm damage are the main reasons for the removal of a tree.

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Natural Connections - Motorbikes drowning out the birdsong in Forest Wood

Damage sustained from high velocity vehicles limits our ability to carry out conservation work

I love a walk in the woods at this time of year so at the weekend I headed out to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Forest Wood reserve to see if I could spot the beautiful carved wooden pine martens the Trust has hidden among the trees. 

The cold, still air carried sound wonderfully and my ears were tuned to the sounds of the birds singing, heralding the oncoming spring. Unfortunately however it wasn’t long before the sounds of the birds were drowned out by the sound of motorbikes. … read more

Programme leaders

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