Nature Ninjas Path Out of Lockdown

  Our Nature Ninjas were out last week for the first time this year.  It has been a long few months, but we felt confident that our secure coronavirus site-based plan would protect us while working in the field.  Our volunteering activities are needed now more than ever. With Spring now sprung, the need for access to greenspace has now

Magic in the air

20 March was the date of the Spring Equinox, when night and day are perfectly balanced with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. For many of our ancestors this was a special time. The cycle of the sun was vital to them and they watched the skies closely, monitoring for signs of change. In many Celtic cultures

It’s all in the ‘V’

By Katie Brown, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Trainee It’s getting to that time of year where the sudden honking of geese might make you look up to the sky, searching for that so familiar ‘V’ formation. Every winter thousands of swans and geese arrive in Scotland from the tundra regions of Iceland, Greenland and Siberia, then every spring they fly north

Spring foraging – fresh food for free!

by David Walsh, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Project Officer As winter drifts away and spring emerges, we start to see an abundance of wildflowers back in bloom.  Over the past year it has brought a particular sense of excitement for me.  This is due to my new hobby: foraging! Foraging is often viewed as a bit scary.  None of these plants

The Magic Hours

In the cold, dark winter it’s not always easy to get out for evening walks, although slowly but surely the days are lengthening. The sun now dips below the horizon at around half five compared to just half four a month ago, and it is just over four weeks now until the spring equinox when day and night are equal.

The Green Wall

Josh was out exploring nature this week and came across the Antonine Wall! This is sadly Josh’s last post for us, he has came to the end of his project. We would just like to thank Josh for all the hard work he has put in for us creating these amazing blogs. We wish him well for the future! “For

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

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

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