Let’s Talk About Pigeons

Here at Cumbernauld Living Landscape, we love birds of all shapes and sizes but pigeons are such a familiar sight that most of us barely notice them. This week it is time to give our friend the pigeon some much deserved love. Speaking of love, did you know that pigeons mate for life? Male woodpigeons will bow and fan out

Learn a Magical Spell

  A few years ago, after a fruitless tramp through a woodland looking for wildlife I sat down on a tree stump in disgust and discovered something unexpected. I can do magic. As I sat quietly a flicker of movement from the corner of my eye revealed a bumblebee emerging from a hole in the ground. Soon I could see

What is in the nest?

Josh was out on a walk and spotted a really cool bird’s nest…. While I was on a (social distanced) walk I found this bird’s nest high up in a tree. The nest was rather large. However, I was unable to see any type of bird to help me with its identification. The nest was very visible due to the

Stay home, stay wild

Winter can seem hard to get through at the best of times, but with the current restrictions on top, Cumbernauld Living Landscape feel it’s time to offer local people a whole load of safe, fun, nature-based activities to help see us all through. Our Stay Home, Stay Wild schedule started on Monday, and offers local people of all ages a

Why not all trees are equal

  Part of our work in trying to restore our local wildlife habitats is taking out some of the things that would not be there naturally. You may have seen our teams of Cumbernauld Living Landscape volunteers out and about removing such things – which can range from litter to invasive species of plants. Some plants that are not native

Trees are amazing!

Local resident and Cumbernauld Living Landscape volunteer Josh Chambers was out investigating trees recently.  ‘There are tons of species of trees – about 60,000+ I think.  Apparently there are over 18 million live trees in Scotland.  Scotland’s most common native trees are Scots pine, birch, oak, hazel, willow, rowan, hawthorn, juniper, elder, alder and wild cherry. My grandad use to

Trees for everyone

By Katie Brown, Cumbernauld Living Landscape trainee If you happen to be going to see the swans down at Broadwood Loch over the holidays, you might well spot the new trees that have been planted by the Cumbernauld Living Landscape volunteers and staff. These are native species that will help local wildlife thrive, so look out for oak, hawthorn, crab

The cleverness of corvids

By Teri Grieve, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Trainee Some of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape team were out planting trees with our volunteers last week at Broadwood Loch, so I thought I’d tell you about others in nature that have also been helping our woodlands. Magpies, crows and jays all belong to a family of species called corvids, and they are very

A frosty walk among the Hawthorns!

Our guest blogger Josh has found some cool Hawthorns this week: “During a frosty walk at the weekend I stumbled across this tree lauded with berries. Upon research I believe it to be a hawthorn tree. These are very common everywhere in the UK and Ireland.  Hawthorn is said to be one of the most magical trees.  Interestingly, hawthorns can