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Tracks in the snow

Winter is a great time to get out and see which animals have been passing by. Plenty of mud and (if you’re lucky) snow, mean that animal tracks are much easier to spot. The tricky part once you’ve found some good tracks, is figuring out which creature made them. In January after a good snowfall, Junior Rangers had a go …

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At Hoprigshiels there are three wind turbines currently being constructed to allow affordable housing to be built in the Berwickshire area. The project has been in development by Berwickshire Community Renewables for years and finally got the go ahead earlier this year. There is a range of ‘habitat enhancement works’ that were undertaken as a part of the project. One …

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Corehead Autumn Adventures

In the School Holidays for the past two years we have run an ‘Adventure Club.’ This is open to people of all ages (adults, families and children alike! ) to take part in a wide range of activities, games and crafts at Corehead Farm. The aim of these sessions are to use a diverse range of activities to help people …

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Community Bake Off!

What a beautiful Autumn its been this year! At Corehead, our conservation volunteers and Junior Rangers have been out and about, enjoying the Autumn sun, helping look after the orchard Here are some highlights:  The orchard This is the first year that the trees have been old enough to leave some of the fruit on the trees, and after a …

Volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope

Join BFT on Saturday 22 and 23 October for volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope. Help us plant native trees at the Trust’s newest site for ecological restoration. Meet at the upper Talla bridge on Saturday 22nd October (or Sunday 23rd October)at 9.30am. Grid Ref NT142201, on the unclassified road between Cappercleuch (A708) and Tweedsmuir (A701), just down from …

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The seasons are shifting: Fungi at Corehead

The seasons are shifting and the fungi are out in beautiful displays at Corehead Farm.  As you wander up to the beech tree, the giant polypore (Miripulis giganteus) is still fruiting at its cut off roots, living off the now deadwood underground. Bachelors buttons (Bulgaria inquinans)  or ‘Fairy trampolines’ as I prefer to say, is on its trunk, tempting round …

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We’re covered in Bees

 A few weeks ago, Alasdair and myself attended a Bumblebee Identification workshop run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to learn the basics on how to accurately identify species and tell the difference between males, female workers and queens. Look we caught a bee (and then let it go again…just in case you’re worried!!) Which bee is it?  When it comes …

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Wyches in the Woods

The second year of our involvement in the UK National Tree Seed Project in partnership with Kew Gardens’ Millenium Tree Seed Bank is underway. And what better way to start than with an early summer collection of Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra). After getting landowner permissions for a woodland near Galashiels I had a good look around and found that it …

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Planting trees with the next generation.

The Borders Tree Planting Grant has now finished its first year and had lots of successful applications and interest from many different applicants including private landowners, farmers, community groups, organisations and schools. Both Chirnside and Howdenburn (Jedburgh) Primary Schools successfully applied for the Tree Planting Grant and accessed funding for around 50 well established trees each. My Colleague, Anna Craigen …

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Corehead High Camp 2016

We were lucky enough to have bright sunshine and a cooling breeze for our second ever Corehead High Camp which happened a few weeks back. Last year we focused on maintaining the fences that allow the trees to grow by excluding the sheep and deer (an on going task!).   This year, we were planting Juniper within the deer exclosure …