Category Archives: Nature News

Woodland Management

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.

Wandering ducklings…

A mother duck and her lovely ducklings have been spotted in Garvald’s streets and gardens. Please let them visit us safely, give them some space to explore and try not to let your pets worry them. Thank you.

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One for the nature lovers …

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.”

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2015

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.

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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.

 

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week: 4th – 10th May 2014

 

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 …

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… 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!