This halloween was the first time we'd opened our doors for Trick or Treaters and we have to say what lovely, well mannered children we had visit us. Well done to the youth of Beith! Very impressed. :-)…
The NAC Garnock Valley Ranger and NAC Volunteer Iain Kerr organised a successful Spring Walk event at the parklands, attended by 15 people, including locals and also visitors from further afield.
The group started by looking at signs of badger activity, namely territorial markers consisting of deep scratch marks on timber and bark torn open. Spring flower names were discussed, such as Cuckoo Flower, Primrose (first rose), Woundwort (heals wounds), etc.
Iain pointed out signs of nesting birds and feeding sites, such as the woodpecker excavations on a dead tree at the High Field.
Coins were added to the Wish Tree and the group then looked at live mammal traps that had been baited and set out the night before. Iain had some bird nests on display and he explained how they were constructed and identified the species that made them,
The next event run by the NAC Ranger Service is the Mid-week 'Walk and Talk' event on May 15th at 11am.