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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

TCV come to the Garden Rescue

TCV come to the Garden Rescue

When the residents of a local housing association looked out of their back windows, there wasn’t much to see apart from two rotary dryers and a forest of overgrown shrubs. There was nowhere to sit and very little space to stroll round especially if the grass was wet. Knowing the benefits of having an outdoor space to general health and wellbeing, a plan was required to revive this wilderness. With help from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGN) , especially Emilie Wadsworth their Biodiversity Officer, a new garden was designed then it was up to TCV volunteers to … Continue reading

Autumn Adventures in Edinburgh

Autumn Adventures in Edinburgh

It’s been a busy and exciting couple of months for our mid week volunteer group here in Edinburgh with a huge variety of conservation work taking place all around Edinburgh, the Lothian’s and Fife.

At the beginning of September we visited Davidson’s Mains Park in Edinburgh to help them tackle everyone’s ‘favourite’ invasive species: Himalayan Balsam. With the help of volunteers from Friend’s of Davidson’s Mains we cleared countless bin bags full (and even had to go on an emergency bin bag run as everyone was working so hard!).

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Fungi hunting at Muiravonside Country Park

Fungi hunting at Muiravonside Country Park

TCV Stirling’s Wednesday group were at Muiravonside Country park to join in with the removal of Rhododendron ponticum and the invasive sycamore. Rhododendron are prolific seed producers and they will crowd out native flora if left unchecked. Sycamore trees are good for the landscape but as they too produce hundreds of seed that set very easily, they can become dominant and their large leaves block the sun stopping other plants thriving.

So, while removing these two plants there was time to examine what else grows in the woods and we found a variety of fungi!

*** WARNING!! ***

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