Current Task Programme

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If all the online spaces are full please phone 0131 3370223 as there are often spaces available by phone.

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Upcoming tasks

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Date Site Task and availablity
Mar Sun 10 Flanders Moss NNR Scrub clearance (note early departure - 0900)
Fri 15 - Sun 17 Ben Lawers Residential: Fence removal
Sun 24 Whim Woods Rhododendron control
Sun 31 Easter Breich Wood Path work
Apr Sun 7 Portmoak Moss task TBC, but likely bog and woodland management
Sun 14 Whitburn Town Walk Tree planting
Sun 21 Spottiswoode Tree planting
Sat 27 Gifford Community Woodland Woodland maintenance
Sun 28 Easter Craiglockhart Hill Pond work
May Sun 5 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm Woodland maintenance
Sun 12 Whim Woods Scrub control
Date Site Task and availablity
May Sat 18 Waterheads Tree tube removal
Tree tube removal 2024-05-18 Unfortunately, there are no spaces remaining on this task. Task full
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Sun 19 Gifford Community Woodland Woodland maintenance
Woodland maintenance 2024-05-19 There are some spaces remaining on this task. If all online spaces are full, try booking by phone. Some spaces
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There are 2 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Some spaces
Sun 26 Whim Woods Scrub control
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There are 7 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Jun Sun 2 Humbie Woods Rhododendron control
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Sun 9 Gifford Community Woodland Woodland maintenance
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Sun 16 Upper Nethan Gorge Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900)
Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900) 2024-06-16 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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Sun 23 Humbie Woods Rhododendron control
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There are 9 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 30 Leadburn Community Woodland Task TBC, but tree-related
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Jul Sun 7 North Berwick Law Ragwort removal
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Sun 14 Traprain Law Ragwort removal
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Sun 21 - Sat 27 Taynish Residential: task TBC
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Space information last updated: Thursday 16 May 2024

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Detailed Task Programme

Sunday March 10 Flanders Moss NNR:Scrub clearance (note early departure - 0900)

Situated in the Carse of Stirling, Flanders Moss NNR is one of the largest raised bogs in Britain. Year round the surface of the bog is a carpet of mosses of reds, oranges and greens and is home to a number of bog specialist plants and insects. It is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Special Area of Conservation.

On this, our first visit to the site, we will be cutting back scrub to help maintain the integrity of the bog. Please note that due to the distance to this site, the bus will depart at 0900 from the square

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Friday March 15 - Sunday March 17 Ben Lawers:Residential: Fence removal

The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve lies near Killin above Loch Tay, about two hours north-west. Along with the Cairngorms, this mountain reserve is renowned for having one of the finest examples of rare arctic-alpine plants in Scotland. The area is mostly managed by the National Trust for Scotland, NTS. Extending to over 3,000 hectares of mountain and moorland habitat, Ben Lawers is very popular with hillwalkers who enjoy the spectacular views from the summit. However, the steep and fragile characters of the soils make them particularly vulnerable to erosion.

On this visit we will be removing a redundant deer fence, allowing other fauna (including humans) to more easily move amongst the diverse habitats on this grand mountain. Accomodation will be in the NTS ranger centre in Killin. You must provide your own bedding/sleeping bag - and warm mountain clothing and suitable boots are essential.

Residential tasks are only suitable for volunteers with some LCV experience.

Note: there generally is a small charge for group catering.

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Sunday March 24 Whim Woods:Rhododendron control

Whim Wood is part of Whim Bog SSSI and is situated just south of Leadburn. The bog itself is a lowland raised bog habitat important for several species of sphagnum moss as well as bog asphodel and the carnivorous round-leaved sundew.

On this visit we will be clearing invasive rhododendron from the mixed woodland on the SSSI

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Sunday March 31 Easter Breich Wood:Path work

Situated between Livingston and Blackburn, Easter Breich Wood is a mosaic habitat of woodland, grassland and waterways. It is home to Roe Deer, numerous butterlies and moths and a diverse range of other wildlife.

On this, our first visit to the site, we will be working with the Easter Breich Community Group to help maintain the path network.

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Sunday April 7 Portmoak Moss:task TBC, but likely bog and woodland management

Portmoak Moss is a Woodland Trust managed site near Loch Leven in Fife. It I s a woodland of mixed conifer plantation and native broadleaved woodland with a large raised bog at its core. The mixed habitats make this site valuable for a variety of wildlife including red squirrels, brown hare, green woodpeckers and green hairstreak butterfly.

On previous visits to this site we have removed regenerating trees from the moss to reduce drying of the bog and encourage regeneration of mosses and the wider bog habitat, undertaken invasive species removal from the screening woodland and other habitat maintenance tasks.

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Sunday April 14 Whitburn Town Walk:Tree planting

The Whitburn Town Walk will be part of West Lothians Nature Networks. It's a linear path through the whole town of Whitburn with a number of parks and open spaces spread along the route. Some of these spaces are quite formal, others are semi-natural but we are looking to make them all better for nature through the project.

On this visit we will be planting trees along the newly-established Whitburn Town Walk to promote the biodiversity and amenity gains planned by the project. More information may be found on the West Lothian Council website

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Sunday April 21 Spottiswoode:Tree planting

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 planting trees to replace areas of felled plantation conifer, helping to expand the native broadleaf woodland on this site.

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Saturday April 27 Gifford Community Woodland:Woodland maintenance

Gifford Community Woods was purchased by the local community in April 2017 with the support of the Scottish Land Fund and various other donations. It is an approximately 55 acre woodland near the East Lothian village of Gifford and comprises mixed and plantation woods on an ancient woodland site.

The Gifford Community Land Company is seeking to restore the area to native woodland supporting broad biodiversity which will be an asset to the local community now, and for generations to come.

On previous visits to this site we have cleared felled trees, planted trees, removed invasive species and carried out path work. It is likely that this task will involve one or more of these activities.

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Sunday April 28 Easter Craiglockhart Hill:Pond work

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.

On this visit we will be removing excess vegetation and otherwise maintaining the pond in this popular local nature reserve.

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Sunday May 5 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm:Woodland maintenance

A farm in East Lothian with areas managed for wildlife habitat

On this visit we will be assisting the client with their programme of woodland management for conservation, including maintaining new tree plantings.

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Sunday May 12 Whim Woods:Scrub control

Whim Wood is part of Whim Bog SSSI and is situated just south of Leadburn. The bog itself is a lowland raised bog habitat important for several species of sphagnum moss as well as bog asphodel and the carnivorous round-leaved sundew.

On this visit we will be removing invasive scrub including rhododendron to help the woodland to regenerate.

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Saturday May 18 Waterheads:Tree tube removal

The Eddleston Water Project is a partnership led by the Tweed Forum, part funded by the Scottish Government and SEPA, which aims to investigate the effectiveness of large scale flood management and habitat restoration techniques.

On this visit we will be removing tree tubes from the exclosures at the Waterheads site as the trees are now mature enough that the tubes are no help. This helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment and encourages the trees to develop more naturally.

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Sunday May 19 Gifford Community Woodland:Woodland maintenance

Gifford Community Woods was purchased by the local community in April 2017 with the support of the Scottish Land Fund and various other donations. It is an approximately 55 acre woodland near the East Lothian village of Gifford and comprises mixed and plantation woods on an ancient woodland site.

The Gifford Community Land Company is seeking to restore the area to native woodland supporting broad biodiversity which will be an asset to the local community now, and for generations to come.

On previous visits to this site we have cleared felled trees, planted trees, removed invasive species and carried out path work. It is likely that this task will involve one or more of these activities.

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Sunday May 26 Whim Woods:Scrub control

Whim Wood is part of Whim Bog SSSI and is situated just south of Leadburn. The bog itself is a lowland raised bog habitat important for several species of sphagnum moss as well as bog asphodel and the carnivorous round-leaved sundew.

On this visit we will be removing invasive scrub including rhododendron to help the woodland to regenerate.

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Sunday June 2 Humbie Woods:Rhododendron control

Situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, Humbie Wood is an attractive stretch of woodland offering shelter to a wide variety of wildlife. The mixed Scots pine, Douglas fir and beech are home to hedgehogs, red squirrels, jays and grey heron can be spotted near the waterfall on the Humbie Water.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing invasive rhododendron from this privately owned woodland to ensure the woods can naturally regenerate in the future.

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Sunday June 9 Gifford Community Woodland:Woodland maintenance

Gifford Community Woods was purchased by the local community in April 2017 with the support of the Scottish Land Fund and various other donations. It is an approximately 55 acre woodland near the East Lothian village of Gifford and comprises mixed and plantation woods on an ancient woodland site.

The Gifford Community Land Company is seeking to restore the area to native woodland supporting broad biodiversity which will be an asset to the local community now, and for generations to come.

On previous visits to this site we have cleared felled trees, planted trees, removed invasive species and carried out path work. It is likely that this task will involve one or more of these activities.

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Sunday June 16 Upper Nethan Gorge:Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900)

Upper Nethan Gorge is a gorge carved by the River Nethan. This peaceful ancient woodland supports a huge range of species, including locally uncommon plants such as broadleaved helleborine, wood melick and meadow saxifrage. Great spotted woodpeckers and buzzards are often seen.

On this visit we will be removing tubes from mature trees so the plastic does not enter the wider environment and the trees can continue to grow free of encumbrance. Please note that due to the distance to this site, the bus will depart at 0900 from the square

Please note there is a chance this task may be moved to Cander Moss, in which case we will be removing birch scrub to reduce the rate of water loss in the bog, helping it to regenerate. We will still depart at 0900 from the square

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Sunday June 23 Humbie Woods:Rhododendron control

Situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, Humbie Wood is an attractive stretch of woodland offering shelter to a wide variety of wildlife. The mixed Scots pine, Douglas fir and beech are home to hedgehogs, red squirrels, jays and grey heron can be spotted near the waterfall on the Humbie Water.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing invasive rhododendron from this privately owned woodland to ensure the woods can naturally regenerate in the future.

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Sunday June 30 Leadburn Community Woodland:Task TBC, but tree-related

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 may be removing tree tubes or continuing the sapling rescue and replanting work we've previously carried out with this client. Note that this task may move to Waterheads or the Barnes Estate near Peebles.

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Sunday July 7 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 toxic ragwort plants. This helps to protect the health of the herd of Exmoor ponies that are used for conservation grazing on the hill

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Sunday July 14 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 toxic ragwort plants. This helps to protect the health of the herd of Exmoor ponies that are used for conservation grazing on the hill.

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Sunday July 21 - Saturday July 27 Taynish:Residential: task TBC

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 — 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 scenic 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.

Our summer residential this year will be at Taynish and Mhoine Mhor. Accomodation will be at the Kilmartin Bothy as in the past. In previous years we have helped to suppress bracken to aid forest regneration and removed scrub from the peat bog at Mhoine Mhor. The precise task(s) will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please note that spaces are limited to 10 and you must have attended a day task before booking for a residential.

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