Current Task Programme

COVID-19 outbreak Phase 2/3: On 2020-06-24 the Scottish Government released further guidance giving an indicative timeline for further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions. 10th July is the expected date from which extended groups of people can meet outdoors with physical distancing.

We believe that this relaxation will allow us to resume local tasks, and therefore our first task is likely to be held on 12th July at Blackford Hill. However, we are unable to confirm that this task is going ahead until the planned Scottish Government review on 9th July. Therefore, please book as normal but please be aware that we may have to cancel at short notice.

Our Coronavirus volunteering policy statement gives further information about how LCV tasks will be run once we are able to resume work.

Please note that initially we will not use our minibus to transport volunteers to tasks. Therefore volunteers will need to meet us on site on the day of the tasks. Instructions will be provided to those who book on the task and on this website (whenever possible).

COVID-19: Phase 2 of exit from lockdown

Advice from the Scottish Government given on 2020-06-24 describes a timetable for the remainder of Phase 2 and early Phase 3 of the exit from lockdown. As extended groups are expected to be able to meet outdoors from 10th July, we expect to run our first task on 12th July. This will be confirmed on the 9th July

As the situation is fluid, the task programme will be updated on a monthly basis. Please check back frequently to see what tasks are running.

As you may expect there are some changes to how tasks are run. The major changes you can expect to see on task are:

  1. Volunteers experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who are self-isolating after a positive test or close contact with a COVID-19 case MUST NOT attend tasks. Volunteers who are in a high-risk group should consider carefully the risks they face by attending tasks.
  2. As our first tasks are local we will not be using our minibus for volunteer transport to make social distancing easier. Therefore volunteers will need to meet us on task. Later on, when the minibus is in use, face coverings must be worn when travelling on the minibus.
  3. Due to physical distancing requirements, numbers on task may need to be limited so you must book before attending a task. Those who do not book may not be able to participate.
  4. No refreshments (tea/coffee) will be provided. You must bring your own.
  5. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant for tools etc will be provided and should be used when directed.

You are strongly encouraged to bring the following items if you can

Please book with our Transport Secretary before the task. First you will need to read how to book, then read about what to bring and finally where to meet us on the day.

If you would like more information about whether a task is suitable for you then please check our information about volunteering with us or if you prefer contact us by email.

Upcoming tasks

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Date Site Task and availablity
Jun Sun 7 - Sat 13 Taynish Residential: Scrub and bracken control
Sat 20 Yellowcraig Beach Piri piri burr control
Sun 21 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam control
Sun 28 Traprain Law Ragwort control
Jul Sun 5 Granton Castle Walled Garden Willowherb control (task changed)
Willowherb control (task changed) 2020-07-05 Our apologies, but this task has been cancelled Task cancelled
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Sun 12 Blackford Glen Ground preparation works for picnic benches
Ground preparation works for picnic benches 2020-07-12 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 19 Blackford Glen Burn clearance and step maintenance
Burn clearance and step maintenance 2020-07-19 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 26 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Reedbed management and path work
Reedbed management and path work 2020-07-26 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Aug Sun 2 Traprain Law Ragwort control
Ragwort control 2020-08-02 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Space information last updated: Thursday 2 July

If you would like to print out our task list, here is our current newsletter, The Puggled Mucker (302K) which contains a task programme.

Site map

The map below shows the sites in the work programme this quarter

There is also an interactive map of all our work-sites.

Detailed Task Programme

Sunday June 7 - Saturday June 13 Taynish:Residential: Scrub and bracken control

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, removing bracken and clearing scrub from the peat bog to aid regeneration. Accomodation at the Kilmartin Bothy.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Saturday June 20 Yellowcraig Beach:Piri piri burr control

Yellowcraig is situated 23 miles east of Edinburgh just north of the attractive East Lothian village of Dirleton and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It comprises a variety of habitats, including mature and developing woodland, sand dunes, coastal grassland and rocky outcrops, as well as its long sweeping sandy beach with views to Fidra island.

On this visit to the beautiful dunes at Yellowcraig we will be removing invasive piri-piri burr seeds to preserve the duneland habitat.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday June 21 Holyrood Park:Himalayan balsam control

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 removing highly invasive Himalyan Balsam from areas within the park

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday June 28 Traprain Law:Ragwort control

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'll 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.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 5 Granton Castle Walled Garden:Willowherb control (task changed)

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.

On this visit we will be removing rosebay willowherb to facilitate other plantings.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 12 Blackford Glen:Ground preparation works for picnic benches

Blackford Hill rises to 164m and lies about two miles south of Edinburgh city centre. It has many features of geological interest, including "Agassiz rock", the first recognisable evidence of glacial action to be found in Scotland. Along with Blackford Glen and the Hermitage of Braid, this is a popular spot within Edinburgh for runners, dog walkers, climbers and cyclists alike.

On this visit to this popular local nature reserve we will be working with the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and preparing the ground for installation of picnic benches. This includes digging and removing turf and installing a sub-base of wood chips.

Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the Braid Road entrance to the Hermitage of Braid at 1000.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 19 Blackford Glen:Burn clearance and step maintenance

Blackford Hill rises to 164m and lies about two miles south of Edinburgh city centre. It has many features of geological interest, including "Agassiz rock", the first recognisable evidence of glacial action to be found in Scotland. Along with Blackford Glen and the Hermitage of Braid, this is a popular spot within Edinburgh for runners, dog walkers, climbers and cyclists alike.

On this visit we will be working with the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid to clear fallen trees and other debris from the burn, as well as scraping back and re-dressing steps to the Midmar Paddock area of Blackford Hill.

Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the Braid Road entrance to the Hermitage of Braid at 1000.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday July 26 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 clearing tree scrub from the reedbeds and maintaining paths within this local nature reserve.

Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the gateway to the Bawsinch Reserve on Duddingston Road West at 1000. There will be a maximum of 10 volunteers permitted on this task. Please do not attend unless you have booked.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 2 Traprain Law:Ragwort control

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'll 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.

Find out how to book onto this task.