It’s National Nest Box Week (NNBW) from 14-21 February and to celebrate we are running an event on Sunday called Nest Box and Bird Feeder Workshop. Run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Anyone can take part in NNBW and they are asking you to put up your nest box before the 21st February but you can put up a box at any time of year.
Six artists have been tasked with creating new community art installations in and around walking and cycling routes in the Clyde and Avon Valley, in February and March.
The residencies are part of the Make Your Way project, which encourages people to walk and cycle more whilst exploring the rich and varied heritage of Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse. The six artists are a mix of Lanarkshire based and those from further afield, who will combine local knowledge with wider experiences of landscape and community to create unique installations within the five towns and villages.
In the past couple of months at the Falls of Clyde we have received a number of enquiries about Avian Influenza. The first thing I say to anyone enquiring about this is to refer to the gov.uk website and search for ‘Avian Influenza’, this will give you the most up to date news and guidance about it.
Every Tuesday we have a group of volunteers that meet at the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre in New Lanark to lend a hand with practical conservation tasks around the reserve. Some of the tasks the team has been up to recently includes improving drainage, repairing fences and signs, footpath and boardwalk maintenance, replanting saplings in the tree nursery, building sand martin next boxes and putting up bird boxes.
This event is part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge 2017 – see if you can tick off any wildlife from the 12 species list and don’t forget to choose one of the 12 species to submit a short story on to the 500 Word Competition! Find out more at www.clydeandavonvalley.org.