GET WILD WITH THE CLYDE AND AVON VALLEY WILDLIFE CAMPAIGN 2017

Pull on your wellies and grab a pencil – it’s time to get involved in the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge and 500 Words Competition 2017.

Running for the full calendar year, the campaign includes wildlife spotting events and two competitions which can be entered by children. It focusses on one species per month that can be found throughout the year in local woodlands such as Chatelherault Country Park, RSPB Scotland Baron’s Haugh, Dalzell Estate and Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde. The species are goosander, otter, great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, badger, blue tailed damselfly, bats, candlesnuff fungus, comma butterfly, nuthatch, roe deer and salmon.

CAVLP Wildlife Challenge

CAVLP Wildlife Challenge

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CALL TO ARMS FOR COMMUNITY TO HELP CLEAR UP JOCK’S BURN IN CARLUKE

The Clyde Valley community are being urged to roll up their sleeves in January and February and get behind a clean up of Jock’s Burn.  The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership are calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and lend a hand to spruce up this little oasis of nature in Carluke.

Jock's Burn (C) Archibald Photography Ltd

Jock’s Burn (C) Archibald Photography Ltd

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Wildlife to look out for this January

Is it too late to write about New Year’s resolutions? Have you forgotten about yours already? A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. So don’t feel too disheartened because you are not alone! My resolution was to commute to work more sustainably, either by taking the bus or cycling the journey instead of taking my car. Part of this is to help reduce the carbon emissions and air pollution I am creating when driving. A happy side effect of this is that I get more exercise walking to and from the bus stop and I get to see more wildlife on the way.

Raven in flight (c) Margaret Holland

Raven in flight (c) Margaret Holland

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Did you know – Crossbills bills can cross either way just like we are left-handed or right-handed!

As promised, today I am going to write about the Crossbill sighting I had the other week. Sometimes when you know about something you think others will as well. However, after talking to my volunteers about seeing Crossbills, all sorts of questions arose. What are Crossbills? How can I see them? Aren’t they only seen in the north of Scotland?

Common Crossbill (cc) Mark Watson

Common Crossbill (cc) Mark Watson

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Top of the Blogs – 2016

Here we have a round up of the top 10 most read blog posts from 2016, we hope you enjoy reading your favourites again or finding some new ones! Click on the titles to open links to the posts.

Tree sparrow (C Mike Snelle), Sparrowhawk, Peregrine falcon and Otter (C SWT)

Tree sparrow (c) Mike Snelle, Sparrowhawk (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust, Peregrine falcon (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust and Otter (c) Scottish Wildlife Trust

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