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The Dead Good Deadwood Blog: What’s so good about deadwood?

The Dead Good Deadwood Blog: What’s so good about deadwood?

TCV is currently working with the Forestry Commission Scotland as part of the Scotland Counts Project to produce a new Citizen Science project all about Deadwood! How exciting! This first blog will give you a bit of background information about deadwood and why it needs our help 🙂

So what exactly is Deadwood? And why is it dead good?

Deadwood is a tree or part of a tree that has died and is in a stage of decomposition.

Here are five different types of deadwood (figure 1):

Deadwood is extremely important to the health of woodlands … Continue reading

Five things our volunteers have done so far….

Bracken bashing

Why control bracken? This rapidly growing fern provides a great habitat for many birds and insects but it will invade heather and other grassland areas that are of conservation interest. TCV Stirling volunteers have spent ++ number of days ++ helping stop dense clumps of bracken spreading to adjoining grass and heather at ++ locations? ++ . The trick is to bash it really hard near the base stem with a big stick. ++ photos of bracken here ++

Himalayan Balsam clearing.

This is a plant that produces lovely pink flowers that hum with bees seeking the high … Continue reading

Winter fun in Edinburgh

Winter fun in Edinburgh

Throughout November and December the Edinburgh Mid Week volunteer group has been full of activity, visiting some old favourites along with some great new sites. We’ve been extremely lucky with the weather, with mostly beautiful sunny (but sometimes chilly days) and only a couple of days with rain (not that that would stop us!).

At the start of November the group were back at the wonderful Friary Community Garden in Inverkeithing. There’s always a great variety of tasks to keep the gang busy here and it’s always a pleasure working here as we are treated to a spectacular view across … Continue reading

Gowan Hill Bioblitz

Today we went up Gowan Hill beside Stirling Castle and did a bioblitz. We took a note of all the plant and wildlife species that we could see. There were five species of tree: willow, birch, hawthorn, elder and poplar. Attached to the trees were some interesting species of lichen. We found hypogymnia lichen and evernia lichen which indicate a nitrogen-sensitive environment. There was also flavoparmelia lichen which is an intermediate lichen and can be found in clean and polluted conditions. In addition, today we also found gorse, brambles, green algae and ferns. We saw a magpie and a … Continue reading

Wonderful Worms with Uplawmoor Primary School

Wonderful Worms with Uplawmoor Primary School

As part of TCV’s Scotland Counts Project we visited Uplawmoor Primary School in Glasgow to play with worms! We had a fantastic Citizen Science filled day looking at the soil and earthworms in the school grounds and learning about the vital role soil has.

For example, DID YOU KNOW…..

One quarter of the world’s biodiversity is found in the soil, which in turn supports most of the food chains on our planet Soil filters our water to keep it clean Healthy soil also soaks up pollution making our air cleaner Soil soaks up water, helping to prevent flooding … Continue reading