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Natural Exercise Workshops

Natural Exercise Workshops

Following on from my last post about the value of Natural Exercise for older people, I have recently set out on my first small project which has been to offer Natural Exercise workshops to care homes and housing associations in Stirling and Forth Valley.… Read the rest

A busy few months with thousands of fish

A busy few months with thousands of fish

Another eight weeks have passed and it’s been a busy and interesting few months.
Since my last post, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Brown trout develop from eggs into fry (more technical information on this later); received an impressive collection of training from GIS (a geographical mapping system) skills to an introduction to the John Muir Award; met a number of anglers working on the Clyde River Foundation river invertebrate citizen science project (CRIMP); joined a local TCV mid-week group on a work day; as well as carrying out staff consultations and research to get a grip on community engagement opportunities for my placement provider and the direction of my personal project. … Read the rest

WHO’S BEEN HOWKIN’ OOT THE HOSTAS?!

WHO’S BEEN HOWKIN’ OOT THE HOSTAS?!

First proper lovely sunny day of spring with a hint of summer in the garden. This meant all hands on deck to weed the planting plots and finally get things in the ground! We dug out any remaining weeds, raked over the soil and put in two different varieties of seed potato, parsnips, rocket, lettuce and will put more in next week.… Read the rest

Conservation in Carrickfergus

Conservation in Carrickfergus

Hi! My name is Alison. This year I am working at Carrickfergus Borough Council as the Natural Communities Outreach Officer (via The Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland).
                                               
I have always been passionate about nature and conservation and recently completed my master’s degree in Environmental Management so it’s great to be getting practical experience in this Natural Communities position.… Read the rest

Back In Belhaven!… again

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 8th 9th and 10th, we went back to Belhaven Hospital to continue work on the footpath. On the Tuesday we completed the frame work for the path around the edge of the field, which has now been ploughed, we also adjusted the doors on the poly tunnel so they no longer drag on the ground.… Read the rest

Duchess Wood Chainsaw Massacre

Duchess Wood Chainsaw Massacre

OK, it wasn’t an actual massacre we were involved in but a good bit of woodland management in the beautiful Duchess Wood in Helensburgh.
The Glasgow Mid-Week Group recently made several visits to the site to cut back overgrown shrubs and trees to help open up the woodland floor.… Read the rest

Ageing Well: Why Natural Exercise?

Ageing Well: Why Natural Exercise?

Well, it’s been a dizzying couple of months for me; lots of research, visiting projects, training, shadowing other TCV staff, conferences, events and generally finding my feet. The spring shoots, sunshine and showers are here at last and I am beginning to get out there into the fresh air with my fist workshop groups.… Read the rest

A Woolly Winter Update

A Woolly Winter Update

It’s been a while since my last post – sorry! – as I’ve been in a special kind of ecologist’s hibernation through the winter. However, spring is now well underway and I’ve pulled myself away from the microscopes and put the books to one side: it’s time to get blogging.… Read the rest

Oakfield Tree Planting

Oakfield Tree Planting

Organised and delivered my first media event in Carrickfergus on Monday! Oakfield Primary School helped us plant 150 native Irish trees in Bashfordsland wood in order to increase the diversity and interest of the site. The Carrick times took some snaps, and Northern Ireland Electricity funded the project: http://www.nie.co.uk/News/Article/2014/Carrick-wood-grows-as-pupils-get-planting!… Read the rest

Young David up for a Young Scot Award

TCV Scotland has its fingers crossed for one of its volunteers, David Meechan, from East Kilbride and a team leader with us in Glasgow, who has been nominated for a prestigious Young Scot Award. The award ceremony takes place tonight (10 April) at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow and we are hoping for a win for David in the “Environment Catetory” where he has made the final shortlist of three.… Read the rest