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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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Bugworts comes to St Maurice’s Pond this Hallowe’en

Recently Alba Scoticus, headteacher of Bugworts Academy of Witches, Warlocks and Wacky Wildlife, got in touch and asked if we would like to host an event at North Lanarkshire Council’s St Maurice’s Pond this year as there is a magical connection to the water and woodlands of the site. Well we jumped at the chance! For the past few years we have held our Hallowe’en event in Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve but this year we felt it was time for a change of scene. Our Hallowe’en event is a family friendly night time self-led walk. Having the chance to see our parks and woodlands in a different light is quite exciting. During the event there will be lots of different stations with fun activities to break up your walk. You might even see or hear the bats that skim the insects off the top of the pond. We will have a leader with a bat detector on the night. Please note booking is essential for the event. We have earlier time slots for younger children – great for little ones

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Making memories

Over the past few weeks Cumbernauld Living Landscape has been holding consultations to find out the aspirations of groups and the barriers that stop people from using our local woods and wild places to help us develop our Natural Connections project. We’ve met with people who have a passion for their town, and those who are new to the area and keen to get out and explore. We have even met with some people who have never visited a wildlife reserve in Cumbernauld simply because they didn’t know they were there, which is something we really want to change. I had an amazing chat with an elderly gentleman who was 87 years young. He reminisced about his shenanigans during the Second World War. He would spend hours trailing through the woodlands, splashing around the edge of lochs, and exploring every nook and cranny he could. He spoke of how bombs had been dropped on the area in an attempt to blow up the steel works, and how one landed on a cow in Garthamloch, a story I can remember hearing