LCV Task Programme

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Summary Task Programme

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Date Site Task and availablity
Jun Sun 18 Roslin Glen Bank stabilisation
Sun 25 Traprain Law Ragwort removal
Jul Sun 2 Holyrood Park Himalayan Balsam removal
Sat 8 Springfield Mill Meadow maintenance and step building
Sun 9 - Fri 14 Taynish Residential: Bracken bashing
Sun 16 Traprain Law Ragwort removal
Sat 22 Yellowcraig Beach Pirri-pirri burr control
Sun 23 Little Boghead Nature Park Pathwork and tree maintenance
Sun 30 Addiewell Bing Tree weeding and path clearance
Aug Sun 6 Little Boghead Nature Park Pathwork and step construction
Sun 13 North Berwick Law Ragwort removal
Ragwort removal 2017-08-13 There are 1 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Some spaces
Sun 20 Grandfield Hazel coppicing
Hazel coppicing 2017-08-20 There are 4 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Some spaces
Sun 27 Little Boghead Nature Park Pathwork and step construction
Pathwork and step construction 2017-08-27 There are 6 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Sep Sun 3 Gullane Wildflower management
Wildflower management 2017-09-03 There are 2 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Some spaces
Sun 10 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
Gorse cutting 2017-09-10 There are 6 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Sun 17 Red Moss Birch removal
Birch removal 2017-09-17 There are 7 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Sun 24 Donald Rose Wood Wildflower meadow creation
Wildflower meadow creation 2017-09-24 There are 6 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Oct Sun 1 Leadburn Community Woodland Birch removal
Birch removal 2017-10-01 There are 8 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Sun 8 Easter Craiglockhart Hill Meadow Raking
Meadow Raking 2017-10-08 There are 10 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Carsegowan Moss Residential: Scrub control
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Sunday June 18 Roslin Glen:Bank stabilisation

Roslin Glen is a 19 hectare reserve south of Edinburgh to the east of Roslin village and on the south bank of the River North Esk in Midlothian. The site is owned and managed by Midlothian Council. It is a relatively undisturbed mixed deciduous woodland largely made up of native sessile oak, wych-elm and ash, with a shrub layer of hazel and holly. There are also some introduced sycamore, beech and Norway spruce trees which are gradually being removed. The area boasts a rich woodland flora which includes dog's mercury, ramsons, wood-rush and various ferns. Dippers and kingfishers can be seen in the fairly clean waters of the Esk. The area has been put under a Millennium Forest for Scotland grant scheme to return the woodland to a native mixture of trees such as ash, alder, oak, pine and birch.

On this visit we will be stabilising the banks within the glen to prevent landslips onto the paths and other features of interest.

Sunday June 25 Traprain Law:Ragwort removal

At 221m Traprain Law is a distinctive, dome shaped hill, which overlooks the East Lothian town of Haddington just to the east of Edinburgh. First occupied about 3500 years ago it has a long history of human activity - there is evidence that the site was used for burial as well as for manufacturing bronze tools. In the early twentieth century archaeologists working on the site uncovered a cache of Roman silverware. It is believed that the mythical King Loth of the Goddodin, from whom the Lothians take their name, ruled from the hill in the first half of the fourth century.

On this visit we will be removing invasive ragwort to protect the rare-breed ponies that graze the hillside to maintain the habitat.

Sunday July 2 Holyrood Park:Himalayan Balsam removal

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be removing invasive himalayan balsam from sensitive areas within the park.

Saturday July 8 Springfield Mill:Meadow maintenance and step building

Springfield Mill is a site in the North Esk Valley between Loanhead and Bonnyrigg just south-east of Edinburgh. A paper mill until the late 1960s, the site has now been reclaimed and restored as a wildlife area for use by the public. It has been seeded with wildflower mixes and planted with various native trees. Located at a bend in the River North Esk there are two seasonal ponds, areas of birch and willow woodland and grasslands.

Sunday July 9 - Friday July 14 Taynish:Residential: Bracken bashing

The ancient deciduous woodland at Taynish is one of the largest in Britain and thoroughly worth the long trip from Edinburgh. Oak trees have flourished here for 6000 years or more —l a little longer than people have lived here. Once a source of timber and charcoal, these woods now form one of Britain's largest remaining native oakwoods. The importance of the site was recongnised in 1977 by designation as a National Nature Reserve and it is now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Taynish lies on a scienci peninsula overlooking Loch Sween, which was scoured out by glaciers 11000 years ago and has an atmosphere all of its own.

The peninsula has a wide range of habitats, including shoreline, grassland, scrub, bog, heath and woodland, each home to a host of plants, insects, birds and mammals that thrive in the clean, humid air. In all, between the woodland's dripping ferns and mosses and the marsh and grassland, over 300 plant species and more than 20 kinds of butterfly are supported. To help the woods keep their near-natural character and rich wildlife, SNH is also removing rhododendron, which crowds out other plants.

Once again we return to Taynish to help suppress excessive bracken growth on the hillsides. This will assist in elimination of deer during the stalking season, reducing predation of the native woodlands in the area

Sunday July 16 Traprain Law:Ragwort removal

At 221m Traprain Law is a distinctive, dome shaped hill, which overlooks the East Lothian town of Haddington just to the east of Edinburgh. First occupied about 3500 years ago it has a long history of human activity - there is evidence that the site was used for burial as well as for manufacturing bronze tools. In the early twentieth century archaeologists working on the site uncovered a cache of Roman silverware. It is believed that the mythical King Loth of the Goddodin, from whom the Lothians take their name, ruled from the hill in the first half of the fourth century.

On this visit we will be removing invasive ragwort to protect the rare-breed ponies that graze the hillside to maintain the habitat

Saturday July 22 Yellowcraig Beach:Pirri-pirri burr control

Yellowcraig is situated 23 miles east of Edinburgh just north of the attractive East Lothian village of Dirleton and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It comprises a variety of habitats, including mature and developing woodland, sand dunes, coastal grassland and rocky outcrops, as well as its long sweeping sandy beach with views to Fidra island.

On this visit we will be removing the invasive pirri-pirri burr to help preserve the fragile duneland habitat

Sunday July 23 Little Boghead Nature Park:Pathwork and tree maintenance

Little Boghead Nature Reserve is a extensive area of greenspace on the outskirts of Bathgate, 20 miles to the west of Edinburgh. It contains a variety of habitats including woodland, meadow, wetland and several small ponds connected by a wooden boardwalk. There is an open grassland area which contains a mix of wildflowers in the spring and summer. The site boasts a wealth of wildlife including 82 species of birds, 14 mammal species and 14 butterfly species.

West Lothian Council Ranger Service has commissioned an ecologist to survey the area and advise on site management, so this task will be dependent upon the results of the survey but will probably involve scrub and/or pond clearance and meadow management.

On this visit

Sunday July 30 Addiewell Bing:Tree weeding and path clearance

Addiewell Bing is a long, narrow reserve of 21 hectares 20 miles from Edinburgh just south of Bathgate in West Lothian, which is leased and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It is an excellent example of how a derelict industrial site--part of the oil shale industry--can be converted into an important wildlife refuge.

Most of the reserve is covered by woodland and scrub, but there are also patches of bracken, heather, open grassland and marshy ground with a rich variety of plants and birds. Originally, the area was planted with lodgepole pine to help stabilise the steep sides of this old spoil heap. More recently, these trees have been replaced with native species including oak and ash. In the past we have felled lodgepole pine, upgraded the footpath and cleared invading broom from areas of heather.

On this visit we will be clearing the paths within the reserve and maintaining young trees we have planted on previous visits

Sunday August 6 Little Boghead Nature Park:Pathwork and step construction

Little Boghead Nature Reserve is a extensive area of greenspace on the outskirts of Bathgate, 20 miles to the west of Edinburgh. It contains a variety of habitats including woodland, meadow, wetland and several small ponds connected by a wooden boardwalk. There is an open grassland area which contains a mix of wildflowers in the spring and summer. The site boasts a wealth of wildlife including 82 species of birds, 14 mammal species and 14 butterfly species.

West Lothian Council Ranger Service has commissioned an ecologist to survey the area and advise on site management, so this task will be dependent upon the results of the survey but will probably involve scrub and/or pond clearance and meadow management.

On this visit we will be continuing our work maintaining the paths within the reserve and beginning to replace the steps we removed earlier in the year.

Sunday August 13 North Berwick Law:Ragwort removal

Twenty five miles east of Edinburgh, situated to the south of North Berwick itself and prominently visible from the coastline, North Berwick Law is a well-loved green space with stunning views over the Forth and much history, ancient and modern. In previous visits to this site we have carried out pathwork and ragwort control.

On this visit we will be removing poisonous ragwort to prevent harm occurring to the ponies on the Law. The grazing ponies help to preserve the grassland habitat.

Sunday August 20 Grandfield:Hazel coppicing

This area of the Victoria Cycle Path in south Edinburgh is managed by a local resident association and Charles White Factors. The area was planted with hazel around 20 years ago and has become overgrown with laurel which shades out native plants. There are also areas of sycamore and willow.

This is our first visit to this site and we'll be cutting back laurel, sycamore and willow to allow more light to reach the woodland floor as well as coppicing hazel which will increase the diversity of habitats.

Sunday August 27 Little Boghead Nature Park:Pathwork and step construction

Little Boghead Nature Reserve is a extensive area of greenspace on the outskirts of Bathgate, 20 miles to the west of Edinburgh. It contains a variety of habitats including woodland, meadow, wetland and several small ponds connected by a wooden boardwalk. There is an open grassland area which contains a mix of wildflowers in the spring and summer. The site boasts a wealth of wildlife including 82 species of birds, 14 mammal species and 14 butterfly species.

West Lothian Council Ranger Service has commissioned an ecologist to survey the area and advise on site management, so this task will be dependent upon the results of the survey but will probably involve scrub and/or pond clearance and meadow management.

On this visit we will be continuing the step building and path works started on our previous visits to this site

Sunday September 3 Gullane:Wildflower management

Gullane Links are part of the beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery in East Lothian to the east of Edinburgh, which includes sand dunes, mudflats, sandy beaches, rocky headlands, steep cliffs and a scattering of small islands. Gullane Bay is about two miles north-east of Aberlady and is one of the finest and most popular sandy beaches within easy reach of Edinburgh. Pirri pirri bur is a low growing, evergreen perennial native to New Zealand. The plant has become invasive along parts of the East Lothian coastline, where it outcompetes native grasses on the dune system.

On this visit we will be mowing and raking the meadow areas within the reserve.

Sunday September 10 Holyrood Park:Gorse cutting

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this task we will be cutting additional firebreaks within the gorse

Sunday September 17 Red Moss:Birch removal

The main feature of Red Moss, which is an Scottish Wildlife Reserve above Balerno on Edinburgh's south-west corner, is a raised bog. Over time, the sphagnum moss has built up. It now acts like a sponge as the water level at the centre of the raised dome is considerably higher than the nearby Bavelaw reservoir. To prevent the bog drying out, over the past 15 years we have pulled up any birch which has self-seeded. This site can be wet so wellies are recommended if you have them.

On this visit we will be removing birch saplings to preserve the water levels in this important peat bog habitat

Sunday September 24 Donald Rose Wood:Wildflower meadow creation

Donald Rose Wood near Markinch/Star in Fife is conservation-volunteer owned and planted-from-scratch native species biodiversity woods that LCV has been helping establish on nearly annual tasks since 2000 (on your host Tim Duffy's part of the site).

On this visit we will be seeding a wildflower meadow at the site

Sunday October 1 Leadburn Community Woodland:Birch removal

Leadburn Community Woodland, 13 miles south of Edinburgh, was recently purchased from the Forestry Commission by a small group of individuals known as the Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland. The group intend to replace the previous plantation of conifers with native trees such as silver birch, ash, oak and rowan, among others, and planting at the site has recently begun. The area is boggy in places, so wellies are recommended if you have them.

On this visit we will be removing birch saplings and other scrub from the peat bog area.

Sunday October 8 Easter Craiglockhart Hill:Meadow Raking

Craiglockhart Hill is above Craiglockhart Sports Centre and as one of Edinburgh's seven hills, offers excellent views across the city towards the castle and Arthur's Seat. The area is owned jointly by the City of Edinburgh Council and Napier University. We will be working with the Friends of Craiglockhart Nature Trail - a local group supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust - who have produced a management plan and a trail leaflet, and continue to manage the site for wildlife.

In previous tasks on this LNR LCV has raked two cut meadows and cleared rubbish from the habitat enhancement pond areas - two large areas of vegetation have been planted to add to the biodiversity and give cover for the breeding birds.

We will be raking the meadow at craiglockhart for the final time in 2017

Friday October 13 - Sunday October 15 Carsegowan Moss:Residential: Scrub control

Around four hours south-west of Edinburgh, Carsegowan Moss is 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.

On this visit we will continue the work of removing scrub from the moss to assist witht he regeneration of the peatland habitat.