Sam Ranscombe, Countryside Ranger from East Lothian Council, will be running a river dipping event on Wednesday 9th August 2017 2-3.30pm. Further details on how to book can be found on the ranger service summer activities web page. Booking is essential, the cost is £2. Please select the ‘Gifford’ event during the booking process.
Yesterday on the steep bank of the Papana Burn adjacent to the park in Garvald, the young trees received some annual maintenance work. Approximately fifty individual trees required some attention including the straightening of leaning trees, cutting of some intrusive weeds (e.g. gorse / brambles), replacing dead saplings and repairing damaged tubes and stakes. Photos taken by Graham Barnes.
Bat and moth nights coming up soon in the area:
- Friday 26th August 8-9.30pm – Pressmennan wood
- Friday 23rd September 7.30-9pm – Gifford wood
More details on the attached leaflet and they are free events, you don’t need to book – just turn up.
A kind offer from Barrie Ash:
“I currently receive ‘Scottish Wildlife’ from Scottish Wildlife Trust, which is published three times each year as well as ‘Natures Home’ from the RSPB, which has a Scotland News supplement and is published quarterly.
Instead of ultimately consigning them to the recycling box, if there is anyone in the village or nearby who is interested, or might be starting out in learning about our wildlife, you would be welcome to have a look at them. I would be pleased to pass them, after having had a good read myself of course!
Please contact me by telephone 01620830322 or drop round to The New School House.”
This week is national Hedgehog Awareness Week. And we in Garvald have even more reason to be Hedgehog aware as we are lucky enough to have a number of these prickly personages resident in the village.
This year efforts are focussed on gardeners. There is so much that gardeners can do to help the hedgehog, very simple things like:
Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap).
Checking areas before strimming or mowing.
Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height.
Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in.
Stopping or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
Covering drains or deep holes.
Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
If you are lucky enough to see a hedgehog in the village at night time, why not post a comment and let us know? A note of caution should you see one out and about in the daytime though. It is very possibly unwell and in need of help. For more informtion, see the British Hedgehog Preservation Society Website.
We are very lucky to have an array of hedgehogs in Garvald. A couple were spotted on the green last night. It would be great if they were a breeding pair with hoglets on the way …
… As you may have read or heard in the media, the species is under great threat. Yes, cars are responsible for a large number of hedgehogs’ deaths – but gardens are also an increasingly deadly environment. This year, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is asking gardeners to do all they can to help the conservation effort, particularly:
- Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap;)
- Checking areas before strimming or mowing;
- Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it;
- Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height;
- Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in;
- Stopping or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used;
- Covering drains or deep holes; and
- Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
There is a vast amount of additional information on the charity’s website, so please click on the link above and have a wee read. Methinks our prickly friends deserve five minutes of your browsing time!