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Discover Autumn Connections

Autumn is always a wonderful time to explore the outdoors.The air is crisp and sharp, the leaves are changing hue and our wildlife is winding down for the year. It’s a time of change when nature’s energies are drawn back to store for the coming winter. In some cases, wildlife is finding places to sleep or develop over winter. While no animal in the UK truly hibernates, some do love a good snooze. For us however the changing seasons mark a different path. For many, the darker nights and change in nature are thought of negatively. With reduced sunlight hours we feel sluggish, blue and sometimes we just can’t be bothered. That’s all natural, it’s perfectly normal that our bodies and mind processes slow down, we too are trying to conserve energy for the coming winter. Us humans tend to think in the short term. Technological advances have made life easier for us in many ways and it has become an constant repeat of now, now, now! But maybe we need to listen to our inner nature’s call and accept

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Bugworts arrives at St Maurice’s Pond

This Saturday sees the first ever visit from Bugworts Academy of Witches, Warlocks and Wacky Wildlife and we are soooooo excited.  The tickets have been snapped up quicker than you can say Sellius Oootius with additional slots being added due to demand. Potential students and families will begin their visit to Prof. Mini Bugonnagal Hunter’s office for registration before exploring the academy’s grounds. The thought of magic academy may be daunting, so we have a variety of activities including shadow photography where families can take snaps of their wee ones being very scary with a number of props. We have a crackin’ wee story in the woodlands to set everyone up before they walk on the rickety, crickety boardwalk (it’s not, I’m using theatrical license here) and we will end the evening with Dragonflying lessons on the scorched grounds.  You never know there may be a few things that we add to spice things up a bit. Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s aim is to get people outside enjoying their parks and woodlands even if that is at unusual times of the

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The chilling bite of Autumn

Had to dig the winter jacket out the cupboard the other night, boy was it chilly! A crisp autumn evening with clear skies and a smattering of stars heralded the need for gloves, a hat and a hot drink when I returned from my walk. It got me thinking of how wildlife copes with such changes of temperature and the prolonged cold over winter. Last year’s winter felt incredibly long and I thought about how bats, hedgehogs and badgers get through such winters and how it must affect them the following year. You see, for many animals, autumn is a time to prepare for the winter ahead. October is a month of last-minute feeding frenzies and getting homes ready for the cold season. Our bats will be feeling the chilly evenings as they search for hibernation roosts to cosy into over the winter months. Fortunately with the great summer we have had their tummies should be full of midges (bless them) and other insects. Hedgehogs hibernate after feeding up with juicy worms, slugs and other insects and these prickly little

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Autumn is a time of change

I love autumn. We get to see the trees and plants prepare themselves for winter by drawing down the energy they have spent spring and summer creating. This energy transfers back to the roots, discarding the leaves once it is reabsorbed. It is this process which gives us the multi-coloured hues of autumn. Autumn reminds me of childhood days spend watching the rain pelt the windows, wrapped up all cosy in a duvet. I would think about how the blankets of leaves on the ground in their yellows, oranges and reds would act like a blanket for the roots of the plants, keeping them snug and warm during the cold winter months. I was at university with a student from overseas who came to Scotland to experience this season. He’d never seen autumnal changes and thought a semester in Scotland would be just the job. He wasn’t wrong, but he hadn’t realised that in Scotland we often experience all four seasons in one day! Here in Cumbernauld we are incredibly lucky to have so many beautiful woodlands where you can