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.


Sometime during a rendition by Mrs Lynas, Mrs Parker and myself of 80’s music (a decade of excellent music but really bad sense of clothing), I told them all that they had just missed a deer go by behind them. The singing stopped, the tea and butties ignored and all heads strained to see if they could still see the deer. One of the comments from the girls struck a chord with me, that even though I had told them they had missed the deer they were still all desperate to see it.  Now, deer are common place in Cumbernauld nowadays but when we spot wildlife we still experience that sharp intake of breath, voices become hushed, movement stilled, all to extend the moment of being connected to nature. It reminds me why Cumbernauld Living Landscape is so important. By connecting people with nature, our community will be a better place.


Becoming connected with nature is easy to achieve and you don’t have to be singing 80’s tunes to be part of it either, apologies to the wildlife we scared that morning.  Why not share your wildlife experiences in Cumbernauld with us on our Facebook page – Cumbernauld Living Landscape

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