Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Wildlife reserves


Natural Connections - Learning from others

Lochinver preschooler's identifying their next scavenger hunt item

Last week, we had a visit to our sister programme Coigach and Assynth Living Landscape based in Lochinver, Sutherland.  The Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape project covers a vast area of mainly small townships and crofts with a population of 1200, a huge comparison to the Cumbernauld Living Landscape which covers a much smaller area but a larger population of 55,000 plus.  … read more

Natural Connections - A connection with nature

Buck roe deeer_Westfield_©Tracy Lambert We had a cook out last week for the last Natural Connections workshop for the term with the students of St Maurice’s High School.  The lads instantly took up the primal challenge of cooking outdoors (man vs fire – safely and responsibly!) to supply the other students with amazing bacon butties.  We were surrounded by a sea of smiles as the students, in the pouring rain with a cup of tea in one hand and butties in the other got stuck in.  … read more

Natural Connections - Thanks to backroom team

Cumbernauld's finest with #VampireSquirrel - Looks like Sandy may have bitten more than he could chew!

The beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cumbernauld Glen, was the showcase for our first ever Halloween night nearly three weeks ago now. Seeing how much effort it took to plan, organise and deliver got me thinking about all the work in the background that also helped it become such a success.  Little is thought about the background works, they fade into comparison of the fun had but without them, quite simply, the event would not have been able to take place. … read more

High-rise regeneration is improving the green network

Sanctuary - Northside gates - Squirrel (c) Sanctuary Scotland 20151106 Sanctuary Housing is working with Cumbernauld Living Landscape to improve the green network in the town. Following the demolition of the first three blocks – Bruce House, Buchan House and Douglas House – Sanctuary’s contractors have helped improve Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve in Seafar. … read more

Sunday sessions volunteers needed

20151004_NC Sunday Volunteers_Ravenswood LNR (21) The Natural Connections project has set up a regular Sunday group and is looking for new volunteers. The group meets on the first Sunday of every month to carry out practical conservation tasks at St Maurices Pond, Cumbernauld Glen and Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve.  These activities are open to all and no previous experience is required as training will be provided. … read more

Community Growth Area - growing the green network

GNG cover Scotland has some of the best planning policy in Europe and the Cumbernauld Living Landscape wants to ensure it is delivered in the town's Community Growth  Areas (CGAs). Cumbernauld is expanding and with this change comes the opportunity to put policy into practice and ensure sustainable growth.  … read more

Natural Connections - Volunteer day at Ravenswood LNR

Rhodedenderon Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve is a cracking we jewel in Cumbernauld.  Over the past couple of weeks I have been taking organisations out on site visits to see how we can raise the awareness of the community and encourage them to use the spot. I have had many comments from the people in these organisations, remarking how wonderful a place it is and rightly so, Ravenswood LNR is a fabulous mosaic of habitats with a great range of wildlife.  It does have a problem though – Invasive Non-Native Species! … read more

Programme leaders

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