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All-a-flutter

All-a-flutter

July has been absolutely incredible month! Fieldwork has been going well and I’ve been fortunate to see some incredible wildlife. The past few months have really opened my eyes to the sheer complexity of colliery spoil habitats and the diversity of invertebrate … Continue reading

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

These last two months have been an eye opener, and it’s not the diatoms that have done it this time. I’ve been doing quite a few public workshops and community engagement events and I have found that although microorganisms are … Continue reading

Moving forward with the Ellon Green Network.

Moving forward with the Ellon Green Network.

Hello all, it has been a very eventful two months. As I mentioned in my last blog, we ran a community consultation in May to see what people thought about the Green Network Project in Ellon. 101 people responded to … Continue reading

Things I’ve learnt so far

Things I've learnt so far

Time is flying over in Cumbernauld and it is hard to believe that I am already halfway through my placement with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.  My placement has been far more diverse than I would have imagined, so I thought … Continue reading

10 ways allotment life is better part 7

10 ways allotment life is better part 7

10 ways allotment life is better than ordinary life The seventh in a 10 part occasional series continuing with… Sense of pride Imagine with me a moment:  don’t worry I’m not going to tell you to close your eyes or … Continue reading

Schools Horticultural Show

Schools Horticultural Show

Recently, the delivery of the Health for Life programme to cohort two schools’ came to an end. So as we rewarded schools on completion of their academic year in 2014, we thought it only appropriate to repeat the process. On … Continue reading

Natural Networks trainees and The Big Butterfly Count!

Natural Networks trainees and The Big Butterfly Count!

The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping the Butterfly Conservation Trust track the movement of British butterflies and to help assess the health of our environment. Butterflies react very quickly to environmental changes which make them … Continue reading

A fallen Oak turning a new leaf?

A fallen Oak turning a new leaf?

I have received some sad news this week for the Oxford locality. On Monday 13th July, a very impressive and iconic Oxfordshire oak tree has come down. The Shotover Oak was the oldest Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur) in the Shotover … Continue reading

Sharing abilities for a better future

Sharing abilities for a better future

Amidst finshing my final few survey sites – which were a real pleasure.. and quite relaxing in the early June warmth, I have been either eyes glued to a microscope or eyes wide open sharing the wonderous world of lichens … Continue reading

Brilliant Bioblitz!

Brilliant Bioblitz!

Back again with the second update and I’ll begin with a laugh. My first day surveying at Portstewart Strand in June could have gone better. As the strand is quite a large site I had decided to try and get … Continue reading