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Coordinator's Comments

12/01/2017 Posted by

As I write this we approach the winter solstice when the days begin to lengthen and we can look back on a successful LCV season and forward to a new one. It has been a period of ongoing change wrapped up in continuity as we carry on our work with a variety of clients, both old and new, with a variety of interesting tasks, while saying goodbye to Ian and Mark as they head for a new adventure in the far North. [More]

Two for One - Carsegowan Moss and Carstramon Wood Residential 28 - 30 October 2016

17/12/2016 Posted by

Heading for the picturesque Stronord Old Schoolhouse outdoor activity centre 5 miles from Newton Stewart we travelled down on Friday evening. David Nutter was our well organised leader and caterer; Sarah McConachie, Willie and myself were sharing the driving. In the minibus were also Louisa, Edel and Bruno. Pete Carthy joined us at the centre. It was a long drive and we stopped off for chips etc. in Moffat. This very southern bit of Scotland feels properly wild and remote. LCV and I had been to both sites before and I was looking forward to continuing the work to preserve both very special sites. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

01/10/2016 Posted by

As we enter a new LCV season, there have been a few changes. We have now achieved the necessary committee and full membership agreement to convert LCV to a SCIO and will be putting in our application very shortly, once a few small, remaining details are sorted out. [More]

Legacy Update

01/10/2016 Posted by

With summer on its last legs I thought I would write you all an update on our progress towards putting the money Colin McLean left us to good use, to keep us all cheerful through those nasty cold winter months. [More]

Taynish residential 7th-15th August 2016

22/09/2016 Posted by

Baulking at the thought of spending all of August in Edinburgh, LCV headed, once again, to Argyll for a week's residential task courtesy of Scottish Natural Heritage at the Taynish and Mhoine Mhor NNRs. LCV have been frequent visitors to these two sites over the years and have undertaken various tasks including birch pulling, fence construction and gorse control. While a privilege in itself to visit such a magical part of the world we've also been wowed by the sight of the Knapdale beavers in their new habitat and various other wildlife going about its business. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

30/06/2016 Posted by

We are now heading into the heart of the summer as another interesting quarter begins for us. Notably, we will soon be revisiting the Taynish area for our annual summer resi pilgrimage. In other news, though we are still looking for more committee members, I would like to welcome Heili and Jackie to the committee, as Fundraiser and Leader/Driver Organiser respectively. [More]

Legacy Update

12/04/2016 Posted by

With Spring springing all around us and another year under everyone's belts it is time for another update on our progress towards putting the money Colin McLean left us to good use. At our consultation event a couple of years ago we defined four categories of activity that our members wanted us to contribute to. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

11/04/2016 Posted by

Spring has sprung as we enter a new LCV quarter. [More]

Carsegown Moss Residential 11-12 March 2016

11/04/2016 Posted by

Scottish Wildlife Trust describes Carsegowan Moss as "one of the best examples of a lowland raised peat bog in Galloway. Cranberry and bog rosemary grow in the Sphagnum carpet and adders bask in the heather. Hen harriers, merlins, short-eared owls and barn owls can be seen occasionally hunting across the bog." [More]

More pub quiz success (well, nearly!)

11/04/2016 Posted by

So, it was a hardy bunch of souls who managed to stir themselves to trot along to the pub quiz only 24 hours after getting back from the resi. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

22/09/2015 Posted by

Hello, As summer gently fades we enter the final quarter of another eventful year. I would like to thank Partha and Nicola for all their work through the years and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Their departure for new horizons leaves us with a committee vacancy for a Mucker Editor and we are still trying to recruit a Publicity Officer. If either post interests you or if you know a candidate please contact me. [More]

A New Site for Summer

22/09/2015 Posted by

Late summer 2015 has seen the arrival of a new site for LCV, Little Boghead Nature Park. Formerly an area of gravel pits and situated on the southwest side of Bathgate this is a West Lothian Council owned site which was set up by a local community group and visited, in 2005, by the Princess Royal. [More]

Way Out West: Taynish Residential

22/09/2015 Posted by

Late July saw another successful outing helping out SNH in Argyll and Bute with their Taynish and Moine Mhor reserves. Taynish is a fantastic reserve and one of LCV's favourite spots. Much of the reserve is covered in ancient oak woodland (Scotland's very own rainforest) but there are big areas of grassland, heath and saltmarsh as well. On this trip much of our work focussed on clearing bracken from glades within the woodland areas, as well as birch saplings from some of the boglands. [More]

'WE WILL FIGHT THE BEECHES! (Fagus sylvatica)' Carstramon Residential Weekend 28th Feb and 1st March 2015

02/09/2015 Posted by

Carstramon Wood is a beautiful Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) Reserve near Gatehouse of Fleet in Galloway. It consists of a canopy of Sessile Oak grown from English acorns some 2 centuries ago, ancient Beech Pollards and an understorey of Hazel, Ash, Alder and Holly. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

14/06/2015 Posted by

As you read this we begin another LCV year following another busy productive season. [More]