TCV Scotland blog

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.

Dogwood Demolition at Danskine Loch

Dogwood Demolition at Danskine Loch

As July came to an end we said a fond farewell to Danskine Loch, a site that the Edinburgh Midweek Group volunteers have been at almost every week since February in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage.

It’s a beautiful secluded Site of Special Scientific Interest near Gifford and was designated as an SSSI due to its large fen woodland and open freshwater – habitats which are rare in East Lothian. Unfortunately invasive dogwood had grown at the edge of the loch and had developed into dense thickets which smothered the native plant life, altered the wildlife habitats and reduced … Continue reading

Mind the GAP! TCV’s Gartnavel Green Activity Project goes live!

Mind the GAP! TCV’s Gartnavel Green Activity Project goes live!

TCV Scotland is starting work on a new and exciting project at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow… The Gartnavel Green Activity Project will be working with patients, staff, visitors and the local community to promote the incredible health benefits of the great outdoors.

Gartnavel Hospital campus is made up of several major hospitals and smaller specialist units. The oldest buildings on the site (East and West Houses) were built in 1842 as a pioneering psychiatric hospital set in 66 acres of ground. There was also a working farm at Gartnavel up until the 1960s which provided food for the hospital kitchens … Continue reading

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Become a River Monitoring Volunteer!

Want to learn more about your local area and help monitor burns to reduce flood risk?

We’ve launched an exciting new project with Clackmannanshire Council to get local communities involved in recording information about flooding in some of the Hillfoot Burns.

Aim: The Environmental Monitoring volunteers will chose and monitor their identified site(s) throughout the year on a regular basis and from the same vantage point– via taking a photograph and making a written description of what they see on the day. Monitoring sites include:

Tillicoultry Burn confluence to River Devon Alva Burn at A91 Road Bridge Dollar Burn water race … Continue reading