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Does anyone else feel a little bemused with the weather? With things running three weeks to a month late it has been a tough spring out here on the moss but not an uneventful one. Sixth year students at TarbertAcademy joined us for a mini condition assessment as part of their managing environmental resources class.… Read the rest
Spring up in the Strathspey has been more of a slump. But as we edge towards Summer we are getting there! Trees are becoming green, birds have been arriving, plants are beginning to grow and the midgies are….well, on a more positive note the Goldeneye have been busy around Loch Alvie.… Read the rest
This week, as Spring moves into Summer, I made my first trip of the season to RSPB Troup Head.
Troup head is a wild and unmanned RSPB reserve, nestled between the fishing villages of Pennan and Gardenstown, here on the North East coast of Scotland.… Read the rest
Over the past few weeks, one of my goals was to get out onto my project catchment, the Allan Water, and become familiar with some of the key land and flood management issues present. The development of my understanding of the catchment and its issues is a crucial step in my apprenticeship that allows me to engage with local land managers effectively, and understand their concerns and issues when discussing Natural Flood Management (NFM) with them.… Read the rest
More progress at Woodacre Nursery garden, this time we were building compost bins from pallets. To make them look a bit nicer we’ve put willow in which should green up and screen them away a little. The post bug hotels/bird feeders are also taking shape.… Read the rest
Planters built at Clober Primary – Well done team… Read the rest
We have just returned to Clober Primary to finish of the area around the plastic bottle greenhouse that was built at the beginning of the year. The school and volunteers are delighted with the result.… Read the rest
this week we were through in glasgow at a site in Maryhill called Branston court gardens. over four days we did a number of different task’s which would help us to construct the frame for what would be a plastic bottlegreenhouse the task’s that we did included moving very heavy slabs and moving sand and aggregate in a wheelbarrow, consttruching the frame of the greenhouse by sawing up lengths of timber and screwing them together and drill holes which we would later use to put canes through in order to create the walls of the struchure also on thursday we did some slabs in the middle of the greenhouse to create a solid floor and we used a lot of sand for this as well as this and the group also began work on a set of step’s which would allow people to easily access in to the greenhouse.… Read the rest
The children of Kinlochewe and Shieldaig nurseries have been out in the sunshine on Beinn Eighe this week. After hunting for minibeasts on the pine cone trail, we had a peak in the pond before having a picnic with the birds sing all around us!… Read the rest
I’m sure all of the other Natural Communities trainees agree that the past three months have flown by. Here, at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, alongside day-to-day people engagement on the reserve, we have ran several successful events…
Co-hosted with Aberdeen Astronomical Society, our ’stargazing’ event saw over 100 people turning up to discover the night sky.… Read the rest