What's On and Activities

 WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS MONTH (JUNE)

          
           

             Flag Iris                   SilverY Moth                    Red Campion                       Goose                        Hover Fly      

 

NATURE SPOT - WHAT MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SEEING THIS MONTH (to mid-June)

A fantastic find at the beginning of June - Julie's friend spotted a narrow-bordered bee hawkmoth at Barncluith. It was hovering at some lilac in the garden. The sighting was sent in to the Lanarkshire recorder, who is delighted as this is a first for the county. Lorna did send us a video but unfortunately we could not get it to display here - however you can see it on both GNHS and Butterfly Conservation Scotland's Facebook pages. See below for a photo and fact sheet (pdf 541KB) courtesy of BCS.

      

The moths are on  the wing from May to July so there is still time to look for them. They like to feed on flowers such as bugle or birdsfoot trefoil, especially on warm mornings. The caterpillars like devil's-bit scabious.

Michael's Moths

Michael has also had his moth trap out at Sandford and sent in these 3 beauties:

               
   The Miller                       Lunar Thorn Moth             Elephant Hawkmoth

Michael and Val have been recording their garden butterflies: green-veined white, small white, small tortoiseshell, red admiral, orange tip, small copper (and a silverY moth) plus a small heath locally. Val also noticed young tree bumblebees on cotoneaster earlier in the month so they assume there is a nest nearby.

 Also sent in:

Young Starlings                   

Irene sent in the photo of young starlings being fed in her garden. There were more of them nearby and they were making a lot of noise. Michael sent in a pic of some more Dryad's Saddle fungi - it seems to have been a good year for them. Fiona spotted this wildflower meadow of ox-eye daisies in Hamilton. This section must have been seeded with a mix but the uncut long grass behind was also quite flowery. 

Flowering: crosswort, red campion, cow parsley, common bistort, germander speedwell, woody nightshade, fox & cubs, meadow buttercup, spear thistle.

Trees: Elder flowers out.

Cute wee foxes (Hamilton) have turned into teenage hooligan foxes - nearly as big as mum. Newts (Chatelherault), common blue and red damselflies (South Haughs), peacock butterfly (Millheugh),

Birds nesting/fledging - swallows, blue tits (Sandford), dunnocks, blackbirds (Hamilton), coots (South Haughs). Also sand martins flying at river (Sandford) and swallows/swifts now seen over Hamilton. Wren (Cadzow Glen).

 

THINGS TO DO WHILE IN COVID CAPTIVITY.

We can still keep doing some natural history activities while stuck in lockdown. As well as continuing to send in your nature spots (which we will post mid-month), here are some ideas:

A plea from Phyllis: she is asking if anyone would like to sign a petition to get Pollock House reopen sooner than next summer if possible. They have already exceeded the original target of 5,000 supporters. Read more/sign petition at: http://chng.it/rTGtDxF67L  or  www.change.org/p/national-trust-for-scotland

A plea from SL Rangers: it was Volunteers Week earlier this month and they have a small survey running on "Volunteering in South Lanarkshire". If you would like to take part or can pass it onto someone else interested go to: https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GKDQY87

 

 

 

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects.

Entomology at Home for National Insect Week 2020  #EntoAtHome  #NIW2020

This year for National Insect Week we hope everyone can appreciate the ‘little things that run the world’ from wherever you live by doing some entomology at home. If you can find a live insect, why not take a photo and enter our photography competition, look at our discover insect pages or use some of our learning resources to find out what kind of insect it is.  Help scientists know more about the insect by making a biological record, that tells them where and when you saw it.  If you want to get creative you could do a drawing or other artwork inspired by your insect and contribute to our Insect Isles project.

 

As part of the above, you could also take part in: OU Pollinator Watch

Following on from BBC Springwatch 2020, The Open University invites you to:

  • Share your observations and photos of insect pollinators to discover more about them.
  • Find out how to identify a selection of insect pollinators.
  • Learn why insect pollinators are important and why they need our help.

"We are asking you to share your observations or upload photographs of the insect pollinators you see and answer some questions. In doing so, you will help us understand which pollinators are commonly observed and where, as well as how much we know about these important species. This mission will help you learn about different types of pollinating insects, why they are important and why they need our help."

For anybody that missed BBC Springwatch, it is still available on iplayer. The Facebook/Twitter feeds are still up and have links to the above project (https://nquire.org.uk).

 

Invasive Species Week: this had been scheduled for May but was cancelled. Instead, the SL Rangers sent us some info on things to do connected with this theme. Since HNHS continues to send in records (especially of giant hogweed, japanese knotweed or himalayan balsam) you could still do some of this. Information sheet (pdf 300KB)


Virtual Tours and Wildlife Watching - since we can't visit in person, many visitor attractions/organisations have by now posted video clips on their websites that you can use to have a look round online and keep up with what's happening, eg. botanic gardens, zoos, museums, open gardens. You can watch a live feed of the osprey nest at Woodland Trust's Loch Arkaig reserve.

 

 

 

Nature's Calendar - a citizen science project in phenology you can take part in all year. The Woodland Trust is asking people to record the changing seasons to help track the effects of weather and climate change on our wildlife. More info at: www.woodlandtrust.org

 

Become a Backyard Nature Guardian - pledge to look after nature on your own patch. More info on: www.backyardnature.org

 

Froglife Poster
   Online Training Course: Amphibian & Reptile Ecology and Survey Methods. Froglife are offering this free live tutorial covering Scottish species. Available on the following dates: 8th April, 23rd April, 5th May, 19th May, 3rd June - all 10.30am to 3.30pm. Accessible from Android devices, iphones/pads and Windows/Mac PCs. Spaces are limited so to reserve a place/queries, contact Chris.Knowles@froglife.org or phone 07949 577 410. More info at www.froglife.org
 

Butterfly Recording: Those of you at the March meeting may remember that there was a Butterfly Recording workshop to be held at Blantyre in May. Although this is now cancelled, The "Helping Hands for Butterflies" project is still ongoing. You can help by joining the Urban Butterfly Survey and count and record the butterflies that visit your garden this year.

  

 GV White

 

The workshop is now available online along with videos and a quiz at: Helping Hands for Butterflies (look under - our work/conservation projects/ scotland). The website will be kept updated with more tips, classes and Q&A sessions so keep an eye on it. Alternatively, download the survey info here: Butterfly ID (pdf 2.82MB) and Recording Manual (pdf 2.39MB). If you intend to take part, project officer Anthony McCluskey would like to know, as it helps Butterfly Conservation Scotland's reporting to their funders. Contact Anthony at: amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org or 01786 459 811 to let him know.

 

Although their reserves are all closed, why not take part in RSPB Scotland's "Breakfast Birdwatch"? Look out your windows between 8-9am daily weekdays and record what birds you see. Post sightings/photos on their Twitter feed (@RSPBScotland, #breakfastbirdwatch). Already, thousands of people are joining in.

 

Free online ecology training courses - brush up your knowledge by taking part in some distance learning, eg. www.futurelearn.com

 

Stay Connected Cover - web      Stay Connected With Nature - this is a great guide from the Lanarkshire Green Health Partnership with lots of links and good ideas for ways to stay calm and healthy while indoors. Download it here: Stay Connected (pdf 173KB)

 

 

HNHS SUMMER PROGRAMME 2020

We are sorry to inform you that, as of 18.03.20, all our HNHS activities are suspended until further notice due to the restrictions in place for the Covid-19 epidemic. The committee has regretfully taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Programme (including bus outings, short outings and super-spot sessions) and we will postpone the last winter programme event (our 60th anniversary celebration due on the 3rd April) to a later date.

We understand that you will be disappointed by this, but many of our members are classified as being in the "vulnerable" group or are looking after relatives who are and we want you all to stay safe.

We normally send out a second summer programme letter in June, so the committee intend to review the situation then and will update you. If it becomes possible to have any activities later in the summer/autumn, we will look into that and let you know.

In the meantime, even if your activities are restricted, keep a lookout for wildlife - we will keep the "wildlife spot" going on the website and you are welcome to send sightings in. We will also post any update information we have on the website. Do keep in touch with us:     Phone/text: 07563 764 520     Email:   hamnathistsoc@gmail.com      or:  info@hamiltonnaturalhistory.org.uk  (NB. the webmail address is currently under repair by the site provider - if your message gets bounced back, keep trying until it gets through or try the other address or text instead).

Best wishes everyone - we are thinking of you!




 





NEWS: The spring issue of the SL Volunteer Network newsletter is out now. Download a copy here: Newsletter Spring 2020  (pdf 3.5MB).

Please note: as of 18.03.20, SLC Ranger Service have cancelled all events till further notice due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

 

NEWS - South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership. The partnership's website is back in business! Thanks to Central Scotland Green Network Trust, the website has been revamped and can be found at:

www.southlanarkshirebiodiversity.co.uk

It contains info on the partnership and it's work, places to see wildlife and a range of useful resource material, particularly if you have or are planning a biodiversity project or are recording wildlife.

 

NEWS - RSPB Lanarkshire Local Group.

Meetings are held in South Parish Church, Motherwell, 7.30pm. For further details see: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/hamilton

NB. RSPB are looking for any old photos of puffins carrying food (as part of a research project). If you have anything, send it in to them.

 

NEWS - Team 77 Feb Newsletter. The first newsletter of 2020 is now available. Download a copy here: newsletter.

The summer programme has now been cancelled (as of 21.03.20). Michael Philip is encouraging everyone to keep looking for plants even if you can't go very far and even if it is "ordinary" things, as they may not have been formally recorded in your km square. Send in any sightings/photos/requests for ID help to him (botany@opus44.co.uk). He is also asking people to record in 1km squares that have no records - he has a list of ones to do if you are interested (to avoid duplicating work).

 

INFO - Hedgehogs. TCV are running a citizen science project called "Glasgow HogWatch" to record hedgehog numbers in the West of Scotland/ Glasgow/ Lanarkshire area. They would like anyone in our area to send in all sightings. You need to record: date, location and condition (live/dead/roadkill) of any hedgehogs seen. Send the info in either via HNHS or directly to kirsty.crawford@tcv.org.uk  Lots more info on the project and about hedgehogs is available on the TCV website and social media (www.tcv.org.uk).

 

INFO - Badgers. Following our really interesting talk in Oct 19, find out more at Lesley's blog: badger nests  and check out some great local badger footage on YouTube: Badger Day Nests

Jan 2020 update: a Masters student has started a year-long research project using this data, following 11 nests across two Lanarkshire sites. Scottish Badgers are hoping the work will be published as it is the first research on badger nests in the UK.


WHAT HNHS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SEEING THIS MONTH (MARCH):

Sparrowhawk (Hamilton), nuthatch (Hamilton), woodcock (High Parks), buzzard (on top of the CCTV Bothwell services M74), crows starting to nest, robins singing overnight, 6 herons (on flooded ground Hamilton Haugh), 2 otters (caught on trail camera Baron's Haugh), roe deer (2 at Bothwell services, 4 at Hamilton Haugh (during flooding), 3 at Low Waters Bing, 1 dead at South Haugh (caught up on debris), dog seen chasing deer at Baron's Haugh), bumble bees (31st Jan), 6-spot ladybirds (still asleep in garden leaf litter), signal crayfish (while nest counting at Hamilton heronry), snowdrop woods (Glentress), hazel and alder catkins, Danish scurvey grass flowering (Muir St and Peacock Cross), Blackthorn (M74, mid-March), fungi - grass bell (Union St).

REMINDER: Please remember to take and send us your wildlife photos (and videos) - either local or on HNHS outings, for our wildlife slideshow in October. Thanks

 

HNHS SUPER-SPOT SESSIONS

Each year, we run a small programme of short (1 hour) events in or near Hamilton, designed to let you practice and learn about the nature on your doorstep, with a cup of tea afterwards. Just come along at the advertised time to take part. Subjects can include:

Winter: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch      Spring: Botany Survey     Summer: Big Butterfly Count      Autumn: National Fungi Day

Get in touch if there are any subjects/locations you would like to see featured.

 

REPORT: Big Garden Birdwatch Sat 25th Jan 2020. We had a successful (and dry!) afternoon doing the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in Bothwell Road Park, Hamilton with a good turnout of people and birds. We also saw 4 grey squirrels and daisies in flower.

What we saw: Robin (3), Crow (5), Magpie (2), Jackdaw (5), Feral Pigeon (2), Blue Tit (6), Pied Wagtail (1), Great Tit (2), House Sparrow (3), Wood Pigeon (1), Coal Tit (1), Blackbird (1), Chaffinch (2), Wren (1), Long-tailed Tit (1), Goldcrest (2), Herring Gull (3 - 2 adult, 1 juvenile), Starling (100+), Redwing (30), Fieldfare (1).

 

MORE TO LOOK FOR THIS MONTH - Clyde and Avon Valley Wildlife Challenge

The CAVLP campaign is now finished and as it was quite an interesting project, HNHS have decided to keep it going informally ourselves. We are therefore asking our members to continue to look out for and report to us any Lanarkshire sightings of the 12 species:

Goosander, Otter, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Badger, Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Candlesnuff Fungus, Bats, Comma Butterfly, Salmon, Nuthatch, Roe Deer.

Some are seasonal, some may be harder to spot, so go to the CAVLP website (clydeandavonvalley.org) to download the checklists or take part in an event. Send your results in to us with a note of when and where you saw it (and a photo if you have one!).

 

EVEN MORE TO LOOK OUT FOR - The "hit list"

The BSBI recorder for Lanarkshire is asking for help to look out for species which are possibly under-recorded in the county. The "Species Hit List" is: primrose, globeflower, orchids (any), sundews, herb paris, poppies.

If you see any of these in Lanarkshire, please let HNHS or Michael Philip know.

Also: looking for sightings of Rue-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga tridactylites). Mostly found among moss on tarmac, concrete, gravel, pavements, old walls etc. In 2016 there were only three records - now it has been recorded in Glasgow, Cambuslang, Motherwell and Hamilton. Lets keep the records coming in for 2020!


LANARKSHIRE BOTANY - VC 77

To take part or send records in, contact the BSBI recorder for Lanarkshire, Michael Philip at:  botany@opus44.co.uk

Team 77 has a Google Group page and are on Facebook at: Lanarkshire Botany. Michael has also produced a Training Pack for beginners to help them learn plant identification. 

Spring  Download the training pack here: Training Pack No1 (pdf 2524KB)

 

 

 Wildlife Surveys in South Lanarkshire - help wanted!

         Badgers in the Landscape                 Water Vole Leaflet

A couple of wildlife surveys are running just now and want your sightings. Badgers in the Landscape are looking for records of badgers in South Lanarkshire and are also providing opportunities to learn and volunteer. For more information go to www.scottishbadgers.org.uk

The Water Vole Survey is looking for your sightings of these animals to improve the records in South Lanarkshire. Download the information leaflet here: Water Voles (204KB pdf).

 



 ARCHIVED PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS

2019

REPORT - Autumn Superspot Session. Saturday 5th October. Fungal Foray at Neilsland Wood, Hamilton.

This was a successful outing for National Fungi Day - fungi seen included: Candlesnuff, Jelly Ear, Deceiver, Hairy Curtain Crust (Hairy stereum), Birch Polypore, Peeling Oysterling, Purple Jellydisc and a webcap species (inocybe). A variety of plants and birds were also noted.

 

  Painted Lady Butterfly

RESULTS: Summer Super-Spot Session - Saturday 3rd August 2019

HNHS took part in Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count at the Calder Walkway near Blantyre. With recent warmer weather this time, our results were better than last year! There has been a big influx of painted ladies this summer and several members have reported seeing them in their gardens.

On our count we saw: 2 green-veined white, 3 peacock, 8 painted lady, 1 meadow brown. In addition, we saw 2 grass moths, 1 seven-spot ladybird, various bumblebees and heard lots of grasshoppers.

Our sightings have been sent in to Butterfly Conservation. The UK and local results are available on their website.

Other non-insect spots included: goldcrests, long-tailed tits, minnows, common amber snail, yarrow, black knapweed, green alkanet, Pyrenean valerian and marsh woundwort.

In addition, we also submitted our butterfly sightings from the outing to Thirlestane Castle: painted ladies, peacocks, green-veined whites, ringlet and meadow brown.

 

RESULTS: Winter Super-Spot Session - Saturday 26th January 2019

HNHS took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch at Hamilton Lido and Raith Haugh near Bothwell Bridge.

Download the results sheet here: BGB Results 2019 (179Kb pdf) to see what was there.

The lido was in use from the 1930's to 1983. Now it is part of the Clyde Walkway and NCR 74. Habitats include open parkland, riverside and woodland and there is a good viewpoint over the River Clyde. Raith Haugh overlooks the heronry at the River Clyde and has good pond and marsh habitat.

 

2018

REPORT: Winter Super-Spot Session - Saturday 27th January 2018, RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

HNHS took part at Hamilton Common Green/Cadzow Glen. The weather was kind to us and we saw a good variety of species:

Blackbird (1), Black-headed Gull (2), Blue Tit (1), Bullfinch (3), Carrion Crow (4), Chaffinch (1), Coal Tit (1), Dunnock (1), Feral Pigeon (4), Goldcrest (1), Herring Gull (1), Long-tailed Tit (9), Magpie (1), Robin (1), Treecreeper (1), Wood Pigeon (1).

In addition (but not reported to RSPB) we saw a flock of about a dozen small finches (Siskins?) fly overhead and heard an alarm call (of Wren?). The water level in the burn was too high for Dippers. We also saw Snowdrops and Crocus flowering in the park and Sulphur-tuft fungi in the glen.

 

2017

 REPORT: Fungal Foray - Sunday 8th October, Barncluith, Chatelherault.

As part of UK Fungus Day 2017 (promoted by the British Mycological Society), HNHS did a fungal foray at Barncluith in Chatelherault Country Park. We started to survey this area in 2016 (as a follow-on to HNHS surveys done in the 1960's & 1970's) and continued round previously unrecorded bits this year. 36 species were found, with a slightly different range than last year. Some new finds were: Milkcap spps, Jellybaby, Amethyst Deceiver and Crested Coral. A species new to us was Jelly Tongue (Pseudohydnum gelatosum) which looks rather like Jelly Ear fungi but has white "teeth" underneath rather than gills or a smooth surface. 

 

NEWS - More Forestry Work At Chatelherault, August 2017.

Views over the Duke's Bridge, the Avon Gorge and Cadzow Castle were reinstated in August. Forestry harvesters removed 800 tonnes of commercial conifer plantation trees. This will improve biodiversity and funds generated will be reinvested in restoring features of the former Hamilton Palace Estate, including the White Bridge and path maintenance.

Chatelherault Felling      Felled Trees Chatelherault

Views of the recently felled areas at Chatelherault taken from near the visitor centre.

 

EVENT REPORT - Peter Macpherson Memorial, Glasgow, 27th April 2017

On 27th April, Fiona represented HNHS at an event hosted by GNHS to commemorate Dr. Peter Macpherson MBE. A group, including members of Peter's family, attended a tree-planting ceremony at University Avenue in Glasgow.

Peter was the botanical recorder for Lanarkshire, which he did for over 35 years, and he had personal links to the area as his mother lived in Strathaven - apparently he was a Hamilton Accies fan! He was a member of both Andersonians and Glasgow Natural History Society and was twice President of the latter. He had also been President of the BSBI and was a Fellow of the Linnean Society. His book "The Flora of Lanarkshire" was published in 2016 after his death.

The tree planted in his memory is a Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) - GNHS thought he would appreciate the Latin name.

 

GNHS Tree Planting      GNHS Tree Plaque

 

HNHS RESULTS - RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH 2017

HNHS did the Birdwatch on Sunday 29th January at Hamilton Palace Grounds and had some good weather for it.

This is what we saw: Blackbird(3), Blue Tit(2), Bullfinch(7), Crow(2), Dunnock(1), Magpie(1), Robin(1), Starling(approx.30), Tufted Duck(1), Wigeon(1), Wood Pigeon(6).

Results have been sent in to RSPB. Thanks to all who took part.

 

2016

REPORT - HNHS Archive Event, Hamilton Library, Thursday 24th November 2016

HNHS have paid tribute to founder member Audrey Wallace who restarted the Hamilton Society in 1960. The Society had been looking for a suitable way to commemorate Audrey (who died 2014) and her considerable contribution to the Society over 50 years. As her late husband Bill Wallace (our treasurer for almost 30 years and a well-known local historian) had already gifted his Civic Society collection to Hamilton library, we thought a HNHS archive project would be appropriate, as Audrey was a keen library user (she worked at Queens University Library, Belfast before she moved to Hamilton).

We have donated our archive material to South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, where it will be maintained in the library's reference collection, available to everyone. Of interest to local and family historians or those interested in environmental matters or photography, the collection contains items (from 1959 to date) such as minute books, journals, press cuttings, papers, booklets and pamphlets, photographs, environmental surveys and reports for Lanarkshire. Also our copies of older material held in the library such as photographs from the Ballantyne Collection (pre-1922) and from the 1914/1916 Manuscript Magazines of Hamilton Field Club.

We have also gifted two copies of the recently published book "The Flora of Lanarkshire" to Hamilton library. The author, Dr. Peter Macpherson was well known to the Society and was the BSBI recorder for Lanarkshire.

The handover event was held during National Book Week 2016 and we would like to thank librarian Scott Main and his staff for their assistance and also the Society members and invited guests who attended the event.

 

 Audrey Event  Audrey Tree Planting  First Day cover 1973  Loch Lomond 1963  Neilsland Nature Trail 1970

Items from the Archive, L-R: Audrey Planting a Tree at Chatelherault 2012, First Day Cover 1973, HNHS Outing to Loch Lomond 1963, Neilsland Nature Trail Guide 1970

 

LOCAL NEWS:

This summer's tree felling operations at Chatelherault are finished. 18 hectares were cleared to open up historic views in the Avon Gorge and allow regeneration by native trees. Funds raised by the sale of timber will be used in projects to repair the paths and White Bridge replacement.

The fish ladders on the River Avon at Ferniegair (Old Avon Bridge) and Millheugh (Larkhall) are complete and open up an extra 200km of spawning ground to migrating fish. Let us know at our wildlife spot if you see salmon!

 

FUNGAL FORAY - Chatelherault

 As part of UK Fungus Day 2016 (promoted by the British Mycological Society), HNHS did a fungal foray at Barncluith in Chatelherault Country Park on 9th October, in memory of our founder member Audrey Wallace, who published a list of fungi in Hamilton High Parks in the Western Naturalist 1974.

We had a very successful afternoon and saw at least 20 species in a small area near the Duke's Monument.


RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH   -  HNHS RESULTS

HNHS took part by doing the Birdwatch in Hamilton Palace Grounds and Hamilton Low Parks Nature Reserve on Sunday 31st January. This is what we saw:

Palace Grounds: Blackbird (2), Crow (2), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1), Magpie (2), Mallard Duck (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Pigeon (7), Redwing (1), Robin (1), Starling (3).

Hamilton Low Parks: Black-headed Gull (12), Canada Goose (22), Coot (1), Cormorant (1), Crow (2), Dunnock (1), Greylag Goose (11), Jackdaw (4), Magpie (1), Mute Swan (7), Robin (1), Tufted Duck (10), Widgeon (8), Wood Pigeon (2).

 

From event at Hoolet Row, Chatelherault, Sunday 24th January 2016 -  A member of HNHS was on site for a short while at this event and noted around a dozen species of fungi fruiting on site. A selection are shown below:

Green Wood Cup  Jelly Ear  Root Rot  Scarlet Elf Cup  Sulphur Tuft  Variable Oysterling

 L-R: Green Wood-Cup, Jelly Ear, Root Rot, Scarlet Elf Cup, Sulphur Tuft, Variable Oysterling.

Scarlet Elf Cup are usually seen at Chatelherault in late February-March so these are quite early. The easiest place to see them is at the rear of the car park.

 

2015

Glorious Gardens Project - volunteers wanted

 Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership are working with Historic Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund on a two-year project to record historic gardens and designed landscapes in South Lanarkshire.

 

Chatelherault Country Park Forest Plan - Public Consultation

A Forest Plan is being developed to guide the management of this woodland over the next 20 years. South Lanarkshire Council want to hear your views on the plan and are holding three drop-in sessions at the Chatelherault Country Park visitor centre, where you will be able to view maps, talk to staff and leave comments. The sessions will be held on:

Wednesday 18th March 1 - 4pm,   Wednesday 18th March 7 - 9pm   and Sunday 22nd March 1 - 4pm.

 

Report: Winter Outing Feb 2015: HNHS Winter Outing Report 2015 (pdf 105KB)

 

 2014

Report: Author Event: Doug Allan - Wildlife Photographer and Author of Freeze Frame.

Several members of HNHS were among the audience for this entertaining and informative talk which was held in Hamilton Town House on Sat. 29th November. The author provided a fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of his career as a wildlife cameraman and diver who specialises in extreme environments such as the Arctic and Antarctic and has worked on many BBC Natural History programmes with David Attenborough such as Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer. The talk was part of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture's Book Week Scotland events programme.

 

 Invasive Plants Survey Report 25th September 2014.

Six members of HNHS carried out this survey in a 1km grid square near Bothwell Castle/Clyde Walkway as part of a wider survey of the Clyde catchment area run by Central Scotland Forest Trust, SLC and SL Biodiversity Partnership with a view to developing a plan to control/manage invasive non-native species. Our allocated square had been surveyed some years previously and we found there was no longer any Giant Hogweed visible but some very large and extensive stands of Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam along the river. Sightings of INNS are still required: if you see Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Rhododendron Ponticum, American Mink, North American Signal Crayfish or New Zealand Flatworm in the local area, please report them back to Emilie Wadsworth at CSFT or the Rangers at Calderglen Country Park.

More info at: www.southlanarkshirebiodiversity.co.uk/Invasive-Species

 

 

Invasive Plants Survey, River Clyde Walkway