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August: Have snails, will travel

August: Have snails, will travel

Hiya!

Back again with more mollusc related goodness. It’s been a busy month, with lots of travelling and some exciting finds!

The legendary Mary Gillham

At the beginning of the month I headed off to the local records centre, SEWBReC as part of my exchange with their LEMUR+ trainee. Here I spent most of my time working on the Mary Gillham project. Dr Mary Gillham was a pioneering female naturalist, who spent most of her life educating people about nature and campaigning for nature conservation. After her death in 2013 she left a huge archive of materials to … Continue reading

Having a WHALE of a time with TCV

Having a WHALE of a time with TCV

Hello again!

Thanks for coming back to my blog! It was a rather exciting coastal themed August for me.

What is wonderful about working for TCV, is that every now and then, you receive an email containing an absurd proposal. Some of the most exciting have included: ‘Would you mind paddling a canoe out into a lagoon towing a raft for rare birds to nest on?’, ‘Would you like to help build a dry stone wall in the deepest darkest remotest highlands of Scotland?’, and the most recent ‘Some Puffins need help on an Island off North Berwick, fancy it?’.

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May: filming, meadow surveys and hoverflies

May: filming, meadow surveys and hoverflies

Got started May off with a bang by doing something really exciting (and maybe a little scary) – getting interviewed by a film crew! This was orchestrated by Norton Priory Museum (located in Runcorn, Cheshire), which also happens to have lovely grounds and a beautifully maintained walled garden. They wanted to have a series of interviews with specialists in their field about all the different kinds of wildlife that you can find at the Norton Priory gardens. They were really keen to have someone talk about pollinators and the range of species which can be found in the gardens – so that’s where … Continue reading

Summer Summary (and a Salutation)

Summer Summary (and a Salutation)

With the temperatures finally dropping and the getting shorter despite all my pleas, it is time for me to look back at the last few months of my traineeship. Things have been interesting as ever, and I have been traveling quite a bit around the country, above and beyond my beloved Central Scotland.

Summer 2k16: the beginning

At the end of June I had the opportunity to attend the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (where I am based) annual forum at the Glasgow School of Art in Garnethill (where I live). It was great to walk a few minutes up … Continue reading

Lovely Green Spaces

Lovely Green Spaces

As part of this traineeship I have travelled far and wide to many green spaces in Scotlands central belt. These places are weird and wonderful while often taken for granted. In the course of writing this blog I have retraced my steps and thought of my experiences within these spaces and how enriching they have been for me. I heartily recommend getting out and going to your local park, or going to one in the town over from yours. A lot of these places due to external factors are being earmarked for development. So go surveying, volunteering or even just … Continue reading

A is for some August Alliteration

A is for some August Alliteration

After a weeks holiday on the north west coast of Scotland (and with only clouds of midges in the air – yes amazingly it was sunny!) it’s time for an update on August’s activities. From Big Play Days to updates on SDA’s, it’s all been going on.

Playful Partnerships

I began August alongside my fellow trainees Lucy, David, Carolyn and Jenny (and not forgetting our lurgified leader Tim) at East Ayrshire’s Big Play Event, part of National Play Day 2016. Jenny had done a fantastic job setting up a plethora of environmental activities for local children from badge making to … Continue reading

Into the woods and, hopefully, back out again!

Into the woods and, hopefully, back out again!

Hello, I’m Carolyn McFarlane and I’m one of two Natural Networks trainees (the other being Jenny Holmes) placed with East Ayrshire Outdoor Education. As this is my first blog since joining Natural Networks in January it could become a very long and tedious ramble about all that has gone on in the last 7 months! In an attempt to make this slightly less long and tedious, I’ll pick out some of the highlights of the traineeship. Here goes …. Why become a Natural Networks trainee I’ve always been someone who likes to be outdoors and has an interest in all things environmental. I trained … Continue reading

Time Flies!

Time Flies!

As always this month has been hectic. Despite being away on holiday for two weeks, I have managed to pack in a lot in my work time this month!

A Focus on Nature Insect Workshop

I sit on the committee for A Focus on Nature a group that brings together people between the ages of 16 and 30 in Britain that have an interest in wildlife. I was asked to lead some workshops for other young naturalists at an insect weekend, based at the Old Sulehay Nature Reserve in Northamptonshire. My first workshop was on dead wood invertebrates, … Continue reading

Join in this years Great British Beach Clean!

Join in this years Great British Beach Clean!

Every year, The Marine Conservation Society runs the UK’s biggest beach clean and Citizen Science survey – The Great British Beach Clean!

There is an unacceptable amount of litter and waste in our oceans which is having a devastating effect on our wildlife. Many animals such as whales, turtles, sharks, seals, birds, and dolphins, are accidentally eating or becoming entangled in rubbish which all too often leads to their death.

Plastic never truly biodegrades, its takes thousands of years to break down and even then it doesn’t really every disappear; it just becomes little pieces … Continue reading

Wildlife signs to look out for this month!

Wildlife signs to look out for this month!

 

Hello! Check out these tracks and signs to find out what sort of wildlife is living near you! Even seeing a sign of an animal is a wildlife record that can be recorded.