Did you know the Forestry Commission used to own part of what is now the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve? They bought part of the Bonnington Estate in the 1950’s and planted a mix of conifer trees throughout the site to produce timber. These conifer trees often originate from North America (Douglas fir and Sitka spruce) and Europe (Norway spruce) and aren’t as good for wildlife as the native broadleaved woodland that would naturally grow here.
Non-Native Norway Maple (c) Laura Preston
At this time of year I often struggle to know what to write about, there is only so many times I can write, the waterfalls at the Falls of Clyde are looking amazing right now (but seriously the falls are looking pretty spectacular after all this heavy rain)!
Boreray, orca whales and gannets (c) Laura Preston
Unlike so many of Britain’s songbirds goldfinches are thriving; their numbers have increased by about 80% between 2002 and 2012! The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) thinks bird food in our gardens could be key so they have launched a new Goldfinch Feeding Survey. They’re asking volunteers to count goldfinches in their gardens and report what the birds are eating.
Goldfinch (c) Gillian Day
Primary schools in the Clyde and Avon Valleys are being encouraged to get involved in a biodiversity campaign to engage pupils in learning about orchards and the environment.
The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) ‘Plant A Mini Orchard’ programme aims to celebrate the traditional fruit growing areas of the Clyde and Avon Valleys, by helping schools to create and maintain mini orchards within their school grounds. Eligible schools are primary schools within the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership area and they will be contacted by CSGNT directly about being involved.
A Winter Pearmain apple tree in the Community Orchard at Hartley (c) Angus Kirk
Looking for something to do this November? Why not come along to our annual Lantern Making Workshops and Parade on Saturday 7th November! Suitable for all the family, a lantern takes around 45-60 minutes to make. You can take your lantern away after the workshop, but why not wait until later in the afternoon and you can join in our magical lantern parade?
Lantern Making Workshops & Parade (c) Jersey Tourism
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