Teaching the teachers of tomorrow

Despite the pandemic, over the past four years of the project, we have been fortunate to work with many schools in the Cumbernauld area. During this time, we have delivered both Early Connections and Natural Connections sessions for pupils and teachers – in both Primary and Secondary schools – across Cumbernauld. The pandemic has made us ever more aware of

The benefits of a scruffy garden

I glanced out of my sitting room window, where I was working at my laptop, yesterday morning, and caught a streak of lipstick pink as it flashed down towards the plants beneath the sill. Sitting up for a better view, I saw it was a male bullfinch, smart as new paint, rosy chest, coal-black cap and face, grey back and

A vital lesson

  By Paul Barclay, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Health and Wellbeing Project Officer This week is Green Health Week and people all over the UK are taking the opportunity to highlight just how vital spending time in nature is to everyone’s health and wellbeing. The last few years have really emphasised this. For many of us, stuck at home, that daily

I’ll miss Cumbernauld’s amazing people!

After a fantastic six months, I will soon be leaving Cumbernauld Living Landscape and wanted to take the chance to share some of my highlights from my time here. In my previous role at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, I had the privilege of helping with Cumbernauld Living Landscape projects and saw first-hand how fantastic they were for the local communities

A New Beginning

Sadly I have come to the end of my time as a Creating Natural Connections Trainee with Cumbernauld Living Landscape, so I wanted to take some time to reflect on my past few months helping to protect and enhance Cumbernauld’s many green spaces! Months ago I came to the project desperate to expand my knowledge and to develop more skills

If you build they will come!

It was National Nest Box Week last week! A sure sign that spring is on the way. And it’s not just we humans that are feeling that spring is in the air. You may have noticed that the birds are getting more and more vocal? The males are staking out their territories ready to attract a mate and ensure they

Wassailing apples

Recently Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s Saturday nature group headed out into the woods on a special mission. “Wassail the trees, that they may bear, many an apple and many a pear…” While the domestic apple is not native to the UK we do have our own version – the crab apple. A member of the rose family, its small fruits taste

Wild about wetlands!

  Today is World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated every year on 2 February to raise awareness of these amazing habitats. You may be wondering what wetlands are? Well, wetlands are classed as any habitat that is seasonally or permanently flooded with water. This means that rivers, lochs, marshes, peat bogs, estuaries and floodplains are just some examples of wetland

Why we need winter

Picture this. Christmas is over and you’re looking out the window on a cold, wet January day. It’s only three in the afternoon but it’s already almost dark. Sleet is smattering against windows, the central heating is cranked right up and find yourself starting to pine for those warm summer evenings. You may even wish it could be summer all