The wintry weather caused problems for our walks and project work but now we are catching up rapidly.
Litter picking has resumed and the improvements to the Hillend to Boghall path have been completed. Our main effort is about to turn to improving drainage in Phantom’s Cleugh. We have also been helping the Rangers with juniper planting at Black Springs, Clubbiedean and Bonaly, with the clearance of winter damaged tree branches and the clearance and burning of gorse. Enjoying a good bonfire is welcome relief from muddy pathwork.
The 200 wildflower plugs that we over-wintered have all been planted out in the Hillend wildf lwer meadow. We had 40 each of ragged robin, ox-eye daisy and ladies bedstraw while the remainder was a mixture of white campion, orange hawkweed, teasel, selfheal, bird’s foot trefoil and foxglove.
The Threipmiur wildflower meadow has had its spring cut. We have taken on the routine maintenance of the Harlaw wildlife garden under the guidance of the Rangers. We have planted out 85 wildflowers of 17 different species to help create a nectar bed, coppiced willow,as a first step to creating a willow arch walkway, and have plans for new planters at the front of the visitor centre.
There is a new footbridge in place at Gala Ford on the path from Little Vantage to the Cauldstane Slap. We have been working for some time with the landowner, a contractor and West Lothian Council and the latter agreed to provide the funding which is very much appreciated.
We enjoyed a brisk March walk and will be back out in the hills in May. In June will be combining a short walk with our annual BBQ at Hillend. We enjoy looking after our environment for the benefit of all.
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