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Community Rewilding in Action!

Community Rewilding in Action!

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Community Rewilding project across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley…

 

‘Rewild the Child’ – Back in April, 6 children went WILD at Faifley Knowes in Clydebank. They successfully charmed some worms out of the ground with their worm dancing, found lots of bugs and beasties and made mini bug homes which they took home for the bugs in their gardens. The children loved playing dens inside a bush while looking for bugs and burnt off lots of energy running around pretending to be worms being chased by a bird.

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Balsam Bashing…..

…well, not really bashing, more like gently pulling the balsam out of the riverside.

Today the TCV Stirling Midweek Group was out at Muiravonside again, no not more rhododendron removal, this time we were pulling Himalayan Balsam from it’s cosy nooks in the banks of the river.

This plant is extremely invasive and a non-native to boot! It can spread extremely quickly over large areas of land and out competes the native plants. The Himalayan Balsam is an annual plant usually found near rivers, meaning that it grows very quickly once spring comes then flowers and drops its seeds … Continue reading

Wildlife to spot in June!

Wildlife to spot in June!

What a great time to be out looking for wildlife! Especially with our freaky weather, anything could appear! Here are a few things to keep your eye out for in June…

Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Honeysuckle is a beautiful, almost tropical looking wild flower that grows in woodlands and hedgerows. They are deciduous climbers famous for their sweet scent on summer evenings. Its flowers are a creamy-white becoming yellow once pollinated. Its flowers open up at twilight and this is when their scent is strongest to attract moths, their main pollinator. The flowers also attract bumblebees and butterflies … Continue reading

Citizen Science – Motivations, Progression and Accreditation report

Citizen Science - Motivations, Progression and Accreditation report

As part of our Scotland Counts programme we’ve produced a report – Citizen Science – Motivations, Progression and Accreditation. This report provides an insight into Citizen Science motivations, progression routes and investigates whether formal accreditation would benefit Citizen Science participants and add value to the data collected.

Thank you for all your input and read it here first!

 

Spring wildlife to look out for in May!

Spring wildlife to look out for in May!

Hi there! This month there is loads of exciting wildlife appearing all over the country and taking part in Citizen Science gives you a fantastic excuse to get out there a see it! Here are some lovely May beauties to spot this month!

Swift  Apus apus

Swifts wings are long and narrow. The tail is slightly forked, but not as much as a swallow’s. They are dark, sooty brown all over, but swifts often look black against the sky. If you get a good look, you might see their pale throat. They eat flying insects and airborne spiders

Swifts have … Continue reading