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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

A Very Central Scotland Spring

A Very Central Scotland Spring

Hi everyone from gloomy Shotts, where June feels like November (minus the darkness and the snow, so not very much like November at all). It’s hard to believe it now that the skies are back to their usual grey, but we just had a couple of wonderfully sunny weeks around here in Central Scotland. Of course I tried my best to make the most of the sunshine (knowing full well it wouldn’t last).

Things I do around Shotts

For the last two months I have been going down to the local primary school’s eco garden weekly, taking small groups of … Continue reading

A truly rewarding experience at Skelton Grange Environment Centre comes to a close

A truly rewarding experience at Skelton Grange Environment Centre comes to a close

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is recruiting another batch of Volunteer Officers, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery and National Grid.

Run by the charity The Conservation Volunteers, access2nature is a five year project working to improve the life prospects and wellbeing of people in Leeds, by providing a range of social, learning and volunteering opportunities in the natural environment. We asked one of our Volunteer Officers to explain a little further as to what it has been like volunteering at Skelton Grange…

“I arrived at Skelton Grange as a newly recruited Volunteer Officer at the beginning … Continue reading

Balsam Bashing…..

…well, not really bashing, more like gently pulling the balsam out of the riverside.

Today the TCV Stirling Midweek Group was out at Muiravonside again, no not more rhododendron removal, this time we were pulling Himalayan Balsam from it’s cosy nooks in the banks of the river.

This plant is extremely invasive and a non-native to boot! It can spread extremely quickly over large areas of land and out competes the native plants. The Himalayan Balsam is an annual plant usually found near rivers, meaning that it grows very quickly once spring comes then flowers and drops its seeds … Continue reading

A Whirlwind of a Month

A Whirlwind of a Month

I knew from reading previous trainees blog posts that this time of year would get rather busy, however I didn’t appreciate quite how busy it would be! My feet have barely touched the ground and I have learnt an incredible amount. Hopefully I can give you a small flavour of this in this blog post.

Dead Wood Beetles

 

My work at Blenheim Palace has really taken off now, I didn’t really catch that much in the first month of my vane traps being out, however in the last few checks of the traps there has been a lot more in … Continue reading

Wildlife to spot in June!

Wildlife to spot in June!

What a great time to be out looking for wildlife! Especially with our freaky weather, anything could appear! Here are a few things to keep your eye out for in June…

Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Honeysuckle is a beautiful, almost tropical looking wild flower that grows in woodlands and hedgerows. They are deciduous climbers famous for their sweet scent on summer evenings. Its flowers are a creamy-white becoming yellow once pollinated. Its flowers open up at twilight and this is when their scent is strongest to attract moths, their main pollinator. The flowers also attract bumblebees and butterflies … Continue reading

May’s been pretty aMAYzing

May’s been pretty aMAYzing

Ok so my puns haven’t been all that amazing recently, but my adventures with TCV certainly have! I mentioned in the last blog that I was preparing to run my first ever event. As part of Falkirk Nature Festival I was asked to run a Woodland Biodiversity Workshop, for which I had to do my own risk assessments, site visits, event plans and advertisement. It was really exciting to be let loose and be able to put all that I’ve learn over the past three months into practice. With help from my fellow Natural Networks trainees Stephen Porch and Paul … Continue reading