Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Species and habitats

 

Natural Connections - Tackling non-natives for a very special butterfly

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

Natural Connections - The wonder of learning

Identifying scat through smell

Children's incredible aptitude for learning when the subject excites them and is different from the norm never ceases to amaze me. Last week Cumbernauld Living Landscape delivered four workshops about the wildlife you can find in Cumbernauld to P5-7 pupils at Woodlands Primary School.

We covered badgers, otters, deer, foxes, hedgehogs and of course the elusive but beautiful pine marten, as well as more well-known species like herons, robins and butterflies. You could feel the excitement in the class with all the children very vocal and animated. We all left the school with a lighter step and wee buzz in our hearts, not to mention ringing ears! … read more

Natural Connections - Discover Broadwood Loch

Plenty of routes to explore the beautiful Broadwood Loch

We are hosting a guided walk around Broadwood Loch on Saturday 27 August from 12 - 2pm as a farewell to Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s summer events programme.  Broadwood Loch is on the site of the old Drum Mains farm and is now managed by North Lanarkshire Council. I can vividly remember chasing butterflies through fields of wheat when I first came to Cumbernauld in the late 1970’s.  I can also remember trying very hard to jump the wee streams but usually ending up in them and returning home filthy and wet head to toe. It turns out that peat stains your clothing very well! … read more

Wildlife Watch pop-up events 2016

Getting to grips with nature

As we get closer to the start date for the new Wildlife Watch Group in Cumbernauld we thought it would be a great idea to host a few Pop-Up events showcasing the kinds of activities that will be taking place during the Wildlife Watch Group itself. The wonderful staff at Palacerigg Country Park, where the Wildlife Watch group will be held, allowed us to set up four activity sessions in the Eriskay Longhouse. The wonderful volunteers here at Cumbernauld Living Landscape led the sessions which took place on the 28th of July and the 3rd, 9th and 11th of August in the run up to the schools starting again.  … read more

Natural Connections - Wildlife Watch fun

Wildlife Watch leader Sharon helping the kids with identification

Not long now until the kids are back at school and while some of you may think yeah! Other may still be looking for activities for them to do in these last few weeks.  Look no more, the Cumbernauld Living Landscape intern has teamed up with two potential new Wildlife Watch leaders for the area and they are delivering pop up Watch days for the kids. … read more

Discovering Cumbernauld

Ann examining the sweet fruity smell of pine marten poo
I wonder what this smells like?

Last Sunday Paul and I took a group of local residents out to Forest Wood Wildlife Reserve for one of our programmed Discover days.  Starting at the Lime Crescent underpass we walked up into the reserve discovering incredibly beautiful woodlands, smoky peaty water trickling in the burns and fascinating ponds just waiting for us to explore them.  … read more

The importance of wildlife monitoring

This month saw a bit of a change with the Sunday Nature Ninja Volunteers, instead of having a good old rummage in the woodlands for litter or fixing paths the Ninjas were learning about wildlife recording. At first everyone was very keen and then a bit later, someone commented that they were finding it boring!  Paul and Louise got them geared up for some environmental art and you can see their brilliant creations on our Facebook page. … read more

Programme leaders

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