Archive for 2013

COVID-19 outbreak: The current Omicron wave is concerning but for now our task programme continues to run in line with government guidance for Beyond Level 0 (as updated on 2021-11-16) As outdoor activities our tasks are relatively safe but use of the minibus is potentially risky. Therefore we request that all volunteers who are using the minibus to attend tasks should take a lateral flow test on the morning of the task, hopefully catching any cases before they cause an issue. Additional measures may well be announced by the government over the coming days and weeks; should these affect LCV's activities we will inform volunteers.

On a happier note, our exciting task programme for Q1 2022 is now available. We hope to see you on task soon.

Coordinator's Comments

Well, the nights have drawn in but volunteer enthusiasm has hardly diminished with full buses on many recent tasks. [More]

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Help us find a fitting purpose for Colin McLean's legacy

Colin McLean was an important part of LCV's history and now, a year after his death, he's helping to shape our future too, in the form of a legacy he left to us in his Will. [More]

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Bogs, Bracken and Beavers: Kilmartin Summer Residential

LCV's previous weekend trips to west Argyll volunteering with SNH around their local reserves have always been popular, even in midwinter conditions. So it was no surprise that nine of us were keen to sign up for a week-long summer task at the end of July. Whether it is the stunning remote scenery, the variety of interesting conservation tasks undertaken, the enthusiasm of the rangers or simply the deluxe (en-suite!) accommodation provided in the Kilmartin bothy: we keep coming back for more. [More]

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Lothians Conservation Volunteers in Roslin Glen

This varied site is always popular with our volunteers. Its Ranger, Midlothian Council's Alan Krumholds, explains how LCV's input complements his own endeavours: [More]

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Key Lime Pie

A roaring success whenever she makes it and with only our health in mind, Edel presents her fine scurvy-preventing pudding. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

I ended my last set of Coordinator's comments with "Roll on spring!" - a phrase which now seems strangely inappropriate as within weeks of writing it I found that I was being sent to Malaysia by my employer. Here the weather is altogether warmer, though no drier, than is ever the case in Scotland. [More]

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Vegetarian chilli with avocado salsa

Being quick and easy to prepare, this tasty chilli is a tried and tested meal for the first night of a residential after a long day's travel. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

Despite a fairly benign winter we haven't proven wholly immune to cancellations this quarter, with three tasks having to be rearranged in January. However, due to impressive efforts by Matt - LCV's Tasks Officer - all were relocated and no volunteers had to be disappointed by a break in our programme. In fact, it's been a successful quarter all round for Matt as he also sailed through his minibus driving test just before Christmas. [More]

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Rhoddie whacking and beaver tracking: New Year residential, Scone Palace 2012/13

It was a small group (Mark, James and I) who left Edinburgh for the now-familiar Scone Palace to tackle the regal rhododendrons once again. [More]

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Tree-felling courses Spring 2013

Since taking over as Co-ordinator I had been keen for LCV to run a tree-felling course, given that our last one had been the best part of ten years ago. Like most ideas, this was easier to imagine than to implement and it wasn't until last spring - when we realised that none of our volunteers had been formally trained to use our winch - that we developed our plans for a combined felling and winch-safety training day in earnest. [More]

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How many conservation volunteers does it take to measure a tree? Part 3

You may recall our seemingly endless quest to measure the height of a sequoiadendron tree in Scone Palace's stately pinetum. To recap, our sadly-missed friend Colin McLean had set us the task of calculating the height and girth of this magnificent specimen plant to mark its 150th birthday. He had chosen this tree because he had recorded the same measurements in 1970 while working at the palace for the Forestry Commission. [More]

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