Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Volunteering

 

Cumbernauld's Bloomin' Wild

This year Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s Natural Connections Project is coordinating the town’s Beautiful Scotland entry in the national competition organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

One aspect of the competition is the preparation of a portfolio of photographs of the town looking at its best – bright, colourful and bursting with natural beauty. This seemed like a perfect job for the Wild Ways Well wellbeing group, so last Friday we equipped ourselves with cameras and headed out. … 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 - Helping out our garden birds

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

Natural Connections - What’s in store for 2017?

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?

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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 - Good health goes green

Volunteer Intern Louise Smith wearing the Fitbit

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

Natural Connections - Hallowe'en at Cumbernauld

Last year's scary crew

It is coming up to that time of year again when the spirits of the Otherworld can walk on our side for one night only.  Where our children dress up as ghosts and witches to confuse and befuddle these spirits. 

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is holding a Hallowe’en night at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cumbernauld Glen reserve to help local families practice their zombie shuffles and ghostly groans. 

On Saturday the 29th of October from 5pm - 7:30pm there will be a self-led walk around the Glen with activities around the route. … read more

Programme leaders

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