Volunteers sought to join the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team

Fancy some good healthy exercise while also helping manage and maintain local woodland, then why not volunteer for the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team? September sees the start of a new volunteering group meeting up to get fresh air, learn new skills, make friends, have fun and get their hands dirty.

Mauldslie Woods (c) Archibald Photography Ltd

Mauldslie Woods (c) Archibald Photography Ltd

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Lanark Library to host Mapping the Past Exhibition and Guide Launch

Members of the public are invited to attend the FREE Mapping the Past pop-up exhibition and guide launch will take place on Monday 12 September, at Lanark Library.

The Official Launch of the Mapping the Past Exhibition in Carluke, April 2016 (c) CAVLP Heritage

The Official Launch of the Mapping the Past Exhibition in Carluke, April 2016 (c) CAVLP Heritage

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FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

Families are being invited to join in with FREE celebrations for award-winning Clearburn Natural Play Area’s Second Birthday Bash at New Lanark World Heritage Site, on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

Getting playful at Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area (c) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

Getting playful at Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area (c) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

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Look to the skies and you might see an osprey!

Over the past couple of weeks I have had some amazing osprey sightings near my home of Biggar. I saw one fishing on the Tweed near Dawyck Botanical Gardens on the 13th August and one at Wolfclyde near Symington on the 20th August. Now is the perfect time of year to see them travelling south on their long migration to West Africa. Ospreys are relatively slow in their migration compared to other birds. They like to take their time, stopping at their favourite feeding grounds before moving on.

Osprey in Flight (c) Emyr Evans

Osprey in Flight (c) Emyr Evans

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Some rare treats for a bird-watcher!

Last week we continued some much-needed work on our paths, particularly on parts of our Woodland Trail (shown with blue arrows on way-markers in the Reserve). After one hard day of digging, I was rewarded with a sighting of a nuthatch. This was very exciting as this bird is a rare sight at Falls of Clyde.

Nuthatch (cc) Andy Morffew

Nuthatch (cc) Andy Morffew

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