LCV Task Programme

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Summary Task Programme

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Date Site Task and availablity
Oct Sun 1 Leadburn Community Woodland Birch removal
Sat 7 Little Boghead Nature Park Brash burning and pond work
Sun 8 Easter Craiglockhart Hill Meadow Raking
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Carsegowan Moss Residential: Scrub control
Sat 21 Little Boghead Nature Park Brash burning and pond work
Sun 22 Granton Castle Walled Garden Scrub clearance
Sat 28 Little Boghead Nature Park Brash burning and pond work
Sun 29 Roslin Glen Meadow and woodland management
Nov Sat 4 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Reedbed management and path work
Sun 5 Byres Hill Gorse cutting
Sun 12 Straiton Pond Pond clearance and tree felling
Sun 19 Cander Moss Birch felling NOTE EARLY START
Sun 26 Spottiswoode Birch thinning
Dec Sun 3 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Reedbed management and path work
Sun 10 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
Gorse cutting 2017-12-10 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
Sat 16 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Reedbed management and path work
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Sun 17 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
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Sat 30 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway TBC
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Sun 31 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway TBC
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Jan Tue 2 Gore Glen Woodland Park Broom clearance and burning
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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.

Saturday October 7 Little Boghead Nature Park:Brash burning and pond work

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 clearing and burning brash from previous woodland maintenance activities. We may also be removing excess vegetation from some of the ponds on site

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.

Saturday October 21 Little Boghead Nature Park:Brash burning and pond work

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 clearing and burning brash from previous woodland maintenance activities. We may also be removing excess vegetation from some of the ponds on site

Sunday October 22 Granton Castle Walled Garden:Scrub clearance

This site is a category B-listed medieval walled garden that once belonged to Granton's lost castle. Whilst the castle may be gone its two acre walled garden has survived through many centuries of change thanks to its fertility and the unique microclimate created by its high stone walls.

The Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden took over management of the site in April 2017 and this is our first visit. We will be clearing scrub in order to enable restoration of an orchard as well as to allow planting of wildflowers and an edible garden. There may also be some fence work involved.

Saturday October 28 Little Boghead Nature Park:Brash burning and pond work

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 clearing and burning brash from previous woodland maintenance activities. We may also be removing excess vegetation from some of the ponds on site

Sunday October 29 Roslin Glen:Meadow and woodland management

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 cutting and raking the wildflower meadow in the Lower Glen, plus undertaking various other maintenance tasks in the woodlands.

Saturday November 4 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:Reedbed management and path work

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be assisting in the maintenance of the reed beds and acccess paths around this reserve in the heart of Edinburgh

Sunday November 5 Byres Hill:Gorse cutting

Byre's Hill sits 2km to the north of Haddington. Its most obvious feature is the Hopetoun Monument, which dominates the skyline for miles around. There has been woodland covering the slopes of Byre's Hill for many years. Amongst a good mixture of tree species, plants such as enchanter's nightshade, dog's mercury, wood sage and lesser celandine are all found. Buzzards can be seen soaring along the edge of the hills, great-spotted woodpeckers have bred here and green woodpeckers are occasionally seen.

On this visit we will be managing the gorse cover at this site to reduce the fire risk

Sunday November 12 Straiton Pond:Pond clearance and tree felling

Straiton Pond was a clay pit until the 1950s and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1991. This popular site, adjacent to the Edinburgh City Bypass, is a haven for wildlife and demonstrates a remarkable amount of biodiversity. The vegetation is home to many bird species and the pond supports populations of little grebes and mute swans. In the summer this reclaimed industrial site is ideal for wildflowers such as St John's wort and northern marsh orchid.

On this visit we will be clearing invasive reeds from the pond and removing excess birch trees.

Sunday November 19 Cander Moss:Birch felling NOTE EARLY START

Cander Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Larkhall, is a remnant of a formerly more extensive raised bog. It is virtually undisturbed and is one of the best examples of raised bog in South Lanarkshire.

On this visit we will be removing birch regeneration from the moss to maintain water levels. Due to the distance required to travel to this task, we will be departing St Andrews Square earlier than usual and may finish later that usual also.

Sunday November 26 Spottiswoode:Birch thinning

Dr David Long from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, has purchased land near Lauder that contains a spruce plantation. He has gradually removed the spruce and replaced it with natural broadleaf woodland to increase biodiversity. LCV has visited Spottiswoode a number of times in the last few years, clearing and burning spruce and planting trees.

On this visit we will be thinning out the birch trees in areas of previously planted woodland to ensure the remaining specimens develop well.

Sunday December 3 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:Reedbed management and path work

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be assisting in the maintenance of the reed beds and acccess paths around this reserve in the heart of Edinburgh

Sunday December 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 visit we will be creating and maintaining firebreaks within the gorse in the park

Saturday December 16 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:Reedbed management and path work

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be assisting in the maintenance of the reed beds and acccess paths around this reserve in the heart of Edinburgh

Sunday December 17 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 visit we will be creating and maintaining firebreaks within the gorse in the park

Saturday December 30 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:TBC

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

The details of this task will be confirmed nearer the time

Sunday December 31 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:TBC

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

The details of this task will be confirmed nearer the time

Tuesday January 2 Gore Glen Woodland Park:Broom clearance and burning

Gore Glen Woodland Park is a good example of land restoration. This former coal bing ten miles south-east of Edinburgh has been landscaped into an attractive area for both wildlife and visitors. The park was planted in 1979 with a variety of species and is mainly woodland in character. The Gore Water runs through the park and supports kingfishers, dippers and herons. On this task we will be constructing steps to improve access within the site.

On this task we will be clearing invasive Scotch broom to permit tree regeneration and burning the brash.