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NEWS: New boardwalk improves access to nature at St. Maurice’s Pond

A new boardwalk has been installed at St. Maurice’s Pond, improving the site’s accessibility and helping visitors get closer to nature. Installed by North Lanarkshire Council in partnership with Cumbernauld Living Landscape, it replaces the previous boardwalk which was no longer fit for purpose. The new boardwalk is wider with more subtle bends and a smoother anti-slip surface, making it easier to move across with a wheelchair, pram or bicycle. Its positioning has also been adjusted to provide local school groups with better access to ideal spots for pond-dipping and wildlife-watching. The connecting footpath was also upgraded to further improve accessibility on the pond’s popular circular route, in addition to a section of nearby Netherwood Way, which connects St. Maurice’s Pond with homes in the Westfield area. Fiona McGrevey, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Project Manager said: “St. Maurice’s Pond is a fantastic place for connecting with nature. Swans, ducks and herons patrol the pond year-round, and in summer the boardwalk comes alive with bees, butterflies and dragonflies. “Everyone should be able to enjoy the nature on their doorstep. By improving access

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Access your wild side

When was the last time you ventured out into nature? If you live in Cumbernauld this may simply be part of your daily routine. Cumbernauld is an incredibly green town, and most people are fortunate enough to live a short distance away from a park or nature reserve. However, despite this fact, not everyone finds it easy to get outdoors and explore. While the town was designed with pedestrians in mind, today Cumbernauld’s greenspaces are not always as accessible as they should be. Narrow walkways, uneven surfaces, challenging slopes and overgrown vegetation can all cause issues for anyone with special requirements. At Cumbernauld Living Landscape we believe that everyone should feel welcome, safe and secure while enjoying the nature on their doorstep, which is why over the next few years we’ll be upgrading paths at various priority sites around the town. We believe that everyone should feel welcome, safe and secure while enjoying the nature on their doorstep The first project starts this week at St. Maurice’s Pond. Very soon the site will have a brand new boardwalk, plus part of the connecting woodland path will

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Connect to the Nectar Network

Earlier this month the team had a brilliant time at St Maurice’s Pond, bug hunting and pond dipping with a group of pupils preparing to make the leap from primary to high school. We saw all sorts of wildlife, but it was the butterflies that stole the show. So once the kids had gone and everything was quiet once more, we decided to get down to some serious counting for Butterfly Conservation’s annual ‘Big Butterfly Count’. Walking through the tall grass and vibrant wildflowers that surround the pond, we soon realised that we were going to need a bigger recording sheet! This summer saw the largest number of painted lady butterflies migrate across Scotland in a decade, and Cumbernauld was no exception. We counted a phenomenal 71 of them, plus many other species including small tortoiseshell, large white and peacock. By allowing ourselves to slow down and take notice we also came across other surprises, like a hefty elephant hawk moth caterpillar and a stunning hawker dragonfly. The whole place was teeming with life. The kind of naturalised grassland found

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Five reasons to volunteer in nature

With summer in the air and thunderstorms crashing about I thought that this would be a good time to introduce myself. I’m David, the new Project Officer with Cumbernauld Living Landscape! My job is to run volunteering activities that will improve green spaces across the town. I have a massive announcement…   Weekly volunteering groups will be starting at the beginning of September!   The groups will run every Tuesday and Thursday, starting from 3 September. Volunteers can sign up for one or two days a week depending on their preference. So why should you volunteer with Cumbernauld Living Landscape? With us you can develop your skills and enhance your employability while improving your local green spaces, experience working in a motivated and passionate team and get fit all at the same time! I’ve already had an amazing experience volunteering this week. We were out at St Maurice’s Pond, cutting back the encroaching vegetation with some HUGE scythes, allowing the public to walk freely along the paths. We also picked up a lot of broken glass at the back of

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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