Hello and welcome to our monthly Nature Roundup. May is a magnificent month to head outdoors and enjoy wildlife…
This week is be nice to nettles week. No one likes being stung but you can appreciate nettles when you know they support over 40 species of insect and are one of the most important native species we have! Don’t mow them, get to know them (I came up with that strapline myself… you may have guessed).
Swifts are back this month, you may have seen them whizzing through the air, they look a bit like polystyrene gliders but they don’t crash. Swifts need our help. They are birds of Conservation Concern and are now on the amber list after their numbers declined dramatically this last 10 years. But we don’t know why. Help swifts by reporting your sitings on the RSPB website.
It’s Scottish Biodiversity week, find out more from Scottish Natural Heritage
In Lochend Park, baby birds abound, including Signets, Moorhen chicks, and these goslings. Enjoy then while you can, the swans are intent on Loch domination. The Friends of Lochend Park plan to celebrate the completion of new viewing platform on the 28th of May between 11am and 2pm. Unlike the trams, it would seem this project is set to be delivered on time.
Next week you’re in for a treat…. it’s Edinburgh Biodiversity Week. Events include evening nature walks, large red damsel fly surveying, badger watching and bumblebee spotting. There’s a buzz about the great activities happening this weeked at The Royal Botanic Gardens too including FREE mask making and seed planting for children.
While in the Botanics you may spot a camera or too. Sue Mckichan has written about the sparrowhawk nest monitoring project. Since then there’s been an evil crow caught on camera attacking the nest, did the sparrowhawk family survive? Find out in this harrowing STV news report.
Enjoy Edinburgh nature on foot next week during Walk Edinburgh Week. Here’s a list of all the walks on offer from Activity Edinburgh. You can also be able to download a free audio podcast guide for a “radical roam” around Arthurs Seat from the Activcity site too.
Walking makes me hungry and with it being National Vegetarian Week why not find out what’s growing on in your local allotment? If you like to see your seasonal vegetables warm and fuzzy, Mary Hutchison recommends knitting them. If you don’t have an allotment, have no fear. There’s plenty of food growing wild on the Edinburgh Bike tracks. Use the innertube map to locate the tracks and listen to our April Nature’s Calendar podcast and find which plants are best to eat.
While on the subject of our last podcast, Earth Calling and Scottish Badgers have started a Badger Teaching programme aimed at teaching children about Badgers and the potential hazards that Badgers face. In our last podcast, Gus from Earth Calling talked about being hit in the face by a bat. Alan at the Broughton Spurtle said to tell Gus he’s not lived until he’s been hit in the face by a badger!
We’re all a bit fed up with the Edinburgh road works but in the midst of adversity, there lies opportunity. Bernie Reddington writes that the ‘traffic free shore was blissful’ whilst it lasted and he enjoyed the peace and birds noises. Read about it on the greenerleith social.
Why not lend a hand to local nature by joining the Spring Clean of the Hawthornvale Path on 28th May?
Hot picks from the Gallery
Here are a few of my favourite photos this month.
That’s all folks
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Read our Nature’s Calendar April Roundup here.
White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) © Mike Drew/Anglian Water