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Tantalising Tricky Taxonomy

Tantalising Tricky Taxonomy

Hello everyone,

This last month has flown by and I am now getting rather stuck into my two projects and am surrounded by pots of insects to sort and identify. I have been starting to learn how to identify some of the more tricky species groups of beetles, such as the rove beetles (Staphylinidae). I have also been using some different techniques at Blenheim Park such as bone traps, which are made up of chicken bones wrapped in grass cuttings. These are designed to replicate nests/ carrion in trees and attract dead wood dependant species, however they don’t seem to … Continue reading

Bee Puns Are A-pollen

Bee Puns Are A-pollen

The past six weeks have been hectic. It feels like my feet haven’t touched the ground as I interpret wee beasties for all and sundry. Each day different than the last. And you dear reader are so lucky because I am about to amaze you with tales of daring do and sweep netting. You might want to get yourself a cuppa. My first bug walk took place at Woodlands primary, Cumbernauld. They were an awesome bunch. We went sweeping netting in the local area and the pupils managed to catch a green veined white butterfly! The sun was … Continue reading

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Want to learn more about your local area and help monitor burns to reduce flood risk?

We’ve launched an exciting new project with Clackmannanshire Council to get local communities involved in recording information about flooding in some of the Hillfoot Burns.

Aim: The Environmental Monitoring volunteers will chose and monitor their identified site(s) throughout the year on a regular basis and from the same vantage point– via taking a photograph and making a written description of what they see on the day. Monitoring sites include:

Tillicoultry Burn confluence to River Devon Alva Burn at A91 Road Bridge Dollar Burn water race … Continue reading

Molluscs with a helping of moths

Molluscs with a helping of moths

Hello again from Cardiff!

It’s been a very busy month for me, with lots of exciting things happening. I’ve been spending a lot of time out and about trying to get people to appreciate molluscs… not always the easiest task in the world!

“One, Two, Three…. SLOW!”

 

Last month I met up with my Natural Networks buddy, Delyth Hurley from TCV Tree Life Centre in Bristol.We decided to bring the joys of slugs and snails to Kingswood Park family fun day, and introduce them to the sport of snail racing. Despite the terrible weather, the live snails … Continue reading

Getting to the Art of the Matter with Rewilding

Getting to the Art of the Matter with Rewilding

So since May I’ve been involved in a fever of forums, funding and festivals, all flipping fantastic.

Rewilding in Inverclyde and Yoker

TCV’s Green Gym at Coves Local Nature Reserve has begun as part of the Community Rewilding project in that area so we’ve had fun taking participants a walk on the (re)wild side.

Also part of the Community Rewilding project has been the opportunity to engage with youngsters from the LinKes Community Group in Knightswood Park. We’ve had a great time building dens and devising a ‘natural’ obstacle course.

Finally, we’ve been rewilding Yoker, by joining forces with the … Continue reading

TCV Citizen Science – new partnership with Young Scot and #iwill

TCV Citizen Science – new partnership with Young Scot and #iwill

TCV has joined the Young Scot Rewards Programme and #iwill campaign by making committed #iwill pledges of support and offering Young Scot opportunities to make a difference across Scotland.

#iwill is a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020. This UK wide campaign aims to encourage and empower more young people to make a difference to their community and to causes they care about through activities such as volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and mentoring.

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity. … Continue reading

Sunshine, Mud Kitchens, Bushcraft and much more!

Sunshine, Mud Kitchens, Bushcraft and much more!

Hello, well it has been another busy few months at the Tree Life Centre with lots of travelling! This blog will cover my antics in May and June and there has been lots going on! We have experienced some beautiful warm weather and have been spotting lots of wildlife on site.

Trip to Dulwich

In early May I travelled to TCV Dulwich upper Wood in London for a meet up, it was great to visit another site and have a catch up with the other trainees and chat about our successes and challenges.  Dulwich upper wood is a … Continue reading

Wild Ways Well

Wild Ways Well

Regular readers may be forgiven for thinking that my job in Cumbernauld mainly involves wandering around its green spaces in the sunshine, going on training courses, smelling poo, chatting with bumblebees and identifying members of the public I’ve caught in pots (I may be doing those last two in the wrong order, I’m not sure).

   Charlie the Gypsy Cuckoo bee has some strong views on

wildflower meadow planting

And of course I do do all those things (the smelling poo one more often than you might think).  But the main … Continue reading

Community Rewilding in Action!

Community Rewilding in Action!

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Community Rewilding project across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley…

 

‘Rewild the Child’ – Back in April, 6 children went WILD at Faifley Knowes in Clydebank. They successfully charmed some worms out of the ground with their worm dancing, found lots of bugs and beasties and made mini bug homes which they took home for the bugs in their gardens. The children loved playing dens inside a bush while looking for bugs and burnt off lots of energy running around pretending to be worms being chased by a bird.

‘Go Wild … Continue reading