The TCV Stirling volunteers stayed at Balallan House today preparing for the delivery of a new shed for the garden for the Butterfly Conservation who we share the building with.
First we had to get rid of the old shed which seemed to be the home of a huge amount of spiders, woodlice, centipedes and most interestingly a Devil’s coach horse beetle which we found in the foundation of the old shed.
A very grumpy beetle!
The old shed
The new shed will sit on a new foundation of cement with a wooden frame surround which is pegged in to lend support. Today we built the wooden frame and levelled the floor, then pegged in the frame.
However due to the continual rain all day we were unable to pour the concrete. We had to wait patiently till the Thursday for us to our in the concrete.
The new base being filled
The wonderful new shed for the Butterfly Conservation Trust
This project allows our volunteers to build up the skills to work on construction projects that are often essential for conservation work. If you’d like to get involved just contact us or follow the link to
The TCV volunteers have joined forces with Sustrans and their wonderful Wildlife Champions and local volunteers to help plant over 1,600 hedgerow trees…phew!!!
TCV Staff and a Sustrans Wildlife Champion
The hedgerow now sits beautifully running alongside the NCN768, linking Alva and Tillicoultry.
This is a brilliant cycle path and it’s well worth a visit…and a chance to check out our handy work!
Over all 2,500 hedgerows trees have been planted here. Species of trees included; hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn and dog rose.
Hedgerows are very a important part of the countryside and are integral for biodiversity an helping create habitat corridors for different animals and insects.
If you are interested in helping http://www.tcv.org.uk/volunteering or Sustrans claim back our green spaces and help create homes for amazing scottish wildlife please get in touch! We would love to hear from you or have you join or fantastic teams of volunteers!
My name is Nadine and I have been writing the more ecology-based blogs for Project Scotland. I am 23 years old and believe it or not, I am Dutch! I have been writing the blog and volunteering now for about 3 months and always like to do it. Normally I study Biology in the Netherlands and I decided to come to Scotland for volunteer work. Saw loads of things already, also stuff that I might take back to my own place and maybe even compare to the ecology of how it is done back in the Netherlands. As believe me, Scottish nature is much grander and wilder than the Dutch nature, but they both have their own individuality and grandeur. I already noticed major influences by the industry around here, especially Falkirk area. It is comparable to the situation that you can find in the Netherlands so who knows, maybe you could compare the results booked over here, to the Dutch situation! I will certainly go back with a different view on it and hope to make a change to our world, however small it may be 🙂