Protecting wildflower meadow – Aberfeldy

I am reporting on a very successful collaboration between Farmer, Upper Tay Path Group, Rural Skills (at Breadalbane Secondary) and Perth & Kinross Community Greenspace which has seen works to help and protect a stunning wildflower meadow within 10minutes walking distance of Aberfeldy.

The issue for a number of years has been compacting of soil where people walked through the meadow and nutrient enrichment where people have not picked up after their dogs.

The Rural Skills students built a short section of fence to block off one of the entrances to the meadow.  This hasn’t worked so the Path Group got the path that is to be used mowed.  The path was widened by cutting back the Blackthorn and the cut branches were used to barrier the other entrance to the meadow.  Waymarker posts were installed and a temporary signage installed.

It is hoped that the Rural Skills can produce a signage and funding is to be sought to highlight what is growing in the meadow.

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International Ranger Day 31 July 2019

31st July, International Ranger Day – the thin green line

‘Ranger’ is a job title used all over the world; with every Ranger role unique. Some bear arms to protect wildlife, forests and crops, other clean toilets and litter pick. There are also those, such as the PKC Greenspace Rangers whose remit is to bring people into Greenspaces and the wider Countryside.

In Scotland the Ranger job is thankfully not considered dangerous and we are incredibly luck that it often takes us to beautiful and wild places.  However one of our roles is to educate people who are accessing greenspaces irresponsibly (as defined in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code) or doing illegal activities.  These situations can be scary, especially when working alone and dealing with people with axes, chainsaws or dogs that have no collar or leads and are chasing the local wildlife.

In PKC we are lucky to have a robust lone working system and training to help us deal with difficult situations.  We acknowledge that those who share our title around the  world may not have such systems or techniques available to them.

On the last day of July every year  Rangers throughout the world honour and remember those who put their lives at risk every day to protect our planet and we take time to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.  Behind every fallen Ranger there is a wider community affected by the loss of life and they too suffer.  So, today (31st July) we unite to remember those whom have fallen and their wider communities, we thank them for all they do.

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Litter!

Community Greenspace keep a supply of litter picking equipment in Highland Perthshire for community groups to use.

In June the litter picking equipment was out on loan to the 17th Perthshire Beaver Scouts, the primary 3 class from Breadalabane Primary and to the Tay Valley Time Bank.

Please contact community Greenspace if you want to borrow the equipment.

 

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SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Spring is on its way so this is a great time to head out and explore your local natural areas. If you’re heading out on a family walk remember to check the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for advice on exploring responsibly.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Bob Barr and Kate Hall share there experiences of dogs worrying sheep in the Lothians.

 #TaketheLead

SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Have you heard SNH’s recent radio ads about walks with your dog? Listen out for  messages about keeping everyone safe when taking your pet out in the countryside this springtime.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Kenneth Bone shares his experiences of dogs worrying his sheep at his farm on the Isle of Arran

 #TaketheLead

SNH Scottish Outdoor Access Code #TaketheLead

Love a family dog walk? Us too! But at this time of year there are  added hazards to wanders in the local countryside.

Remember to keep dogs out of fields with young animals and always to heel to keep livestock and pets safe this spring.

Find out more: www.jessthedog.co.uk

In the video below Alister Orr shares his experiences of dogs worrying his sheep at his farm in East Ayrshire

 

 #TaketheLead