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A bigger splash: Skelton Grange pond is complete!

The new pond!

The finishing touches have now been put to the big new pond project at Skelton Grange and the wildlife is settling in now. Thanks to the support of First Direct and WREN, as well as all the volunteers who got … Continue reading

Hello from the new TCV Coastal Communities in the Inner Forth area!

Hello from the new TCV Coastal Communities in the Inner Forth area!

Hello there, I’m Rebecca, one of the new Discovering Nature Trainees for The Conservation Volunteers based in Stirling, part of the coastal communities project. Over the next year, I will be delivering citizen science and natural play projects within and … Continue reading

Talking about ‘Green Health in Later Life’

Talking about ‘Green Health in Later Life’

One of my tasks over the last few months has been to help organise one of TCVs Feva Forum events. These events are all about sharing good practice and highlighting work that is being done in various areas of environmental … Continue reading

As summer rolls into Autumn, the sky takes on a certain subtle shade of blue, the leaves turn yellow and orange, and the bushes around Mortonhall are heavy with blackberries. It’s hard to believe, firstly, that I’ve used up nearly … Continue reading

Meadow creation continues…

Meadow creation continues...

Thursday saw the second major piece of work carried out in our creation of the meadow at Toryglen. I went along with the Urban Roots volunteer group and we really got stuck in to converting the thick coarse grasses into … Continue reading

What I’ve been up to…

I thought I would write a quick update to let you know what I’ve been up to since my Natural Talent Apprenticeship ended in March. I was really sad when it ended – everyone says it but the year really … Continue reading

Information gathering – a couple of months of surveys and consultation

Information gathering - a couple of months of surveys and consultation

The last few months have been a mixture of getting to know some communities and their respective local stretch of river alongside training and fieldwork. Back in July I joined the Friends of the River Kelvin (FoRK) on one of … Continue reading

A summer of garden activities

A summer of garden activities

Since my last blog there has been a flurry of activity in John Cowane’s House, the site of the Transition Stirling forest garden project which I’ve been working on. Taking on the development of a community garden as my personal … Continue reading

Hedgerow Hopes

Hedgerow Hopes

The first event of our Hedgerow Hopes programme ran this Saturday 13th Sept at Eden Allotment Gardens. We were foraging for blackberries, making blackberry jam and trying other hedgerow food and drink like elderflower wine and cordial – delicious! It … Continue reading

International Bog Day and other adventures

International Bog Day and other adventures

The 19th of July saw the launch of the Big Butterfly Count and to celebrate this, I held an event in Fallin. The day was a great success thanks to help from Buglife, the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and the … Continue reading