Friday, 8 November 2013

Your Community, Your Place

Hello All

I have just received this communication from falkirk Council, with a request to fire it off to the as many people as I can. As it seems to be a sound and organised event, I am giving my mailing list the opportunity to attend the event, which is described in full below. 

In the email giving this link I have attached the PDF invitation.

Whilst the event is open to all, it would help the organisers if you could engage in the online booking system, for which there is a link below, in the text of the head of the Councils original Email.

The Event is to be held at the Town Hall, from 5 pm until 8:30 pm, on November 18th 2013

The event is all about giving communities a bigger voice in what happens locally, under several threads, those being


The Local Economy
Children and Young People
Safer Places
Health Living
Access for All
Poverty


FET will be running a stall on the night, so as always if you have any project related questions please approach me on the night

"Hi Arthur
As I mentioned on the phone, I have just had approval from the leader to send out the email below in his name. I wonder if you would be able to arrange for it to be sent to as many of your contacts as possible as a matter of urgency.

I have also been asked to provide a list of people / organizations that have been invited, so it would be immensely helpful if you are able to let me know which lists have been included.
Many thanks
Sally


(Following message from the Head of Falkirk Council, Councillor Craig Martin)

On behalf of the Falkirk Community Planning Partnership I would like to invite you to our Community Planning Conference, at 17:00 – 20:30, 18 November 2013, at Falkirk Town Hall.  This year’s conference ‘Your Community, Your Place’ provides the opportunity for you to have both a significant role and a direct voice in improving your local community.  We would like to hear your views on what improvements you would like to see in your community, and what you can do to make these changes happen.  We would also like to better understand how we can support you with this.

A number of guest speakers, including our Provost, Pat Reid and Christine Bell from Communities Along the Carron will help to set the scene, by tapping into their considerable experience in this area.  Christine will be telling us of the difference which has been made as a result of local communities setting the agenda for improvement and taking direct action to achieve this.

You will be able to put forward your own views, issues and comments in workshops.  You will be able to choose from across a range of workshops including:

The Local Economy;
Children and Young People;
Safer Places;
Health Living;
Access for All; and
Poverty.

It would be very helpful if you could please register for the conference by completing the online booking form, or by emailing us at communityplanning@falkirk.gov.ok, or by phoning us on 01324 506011.  This will help to ensure that we have all the necessary arrangements in place to make the conference an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for you.  I have attached a leaflet for you, with further information on the conference including the programme.

I very much look forward to seeing you on 18 November.

Councillor Craig Martin,
Leader of Falkirk Council"

So I'm hoping to bump into you on the night of November 18th 2013

Arthur Berg

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Hi All

Below is an exact copy of a poster sent to me by Central Scotland Forest Trust, relating to training dates for a variety of wildlife identification and Conservation activities. All the contact details are there if you want to book, but booking appears to be essential. Sorry that the logos didnt make the transition.



Biodiversity Training for Communities 2013programme

All training events are free, though places are limited on some courses, so booking is essential. Please book by contacting Emilie Wadsworth at CSFT on emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.uk or 01501 824791.
Full details and a programme for the event will be sent out at least a week prior to the event. All events involve some aspect of practical work outdoors,therefore, appropriate clothing is recommended – waterproofs and sturdy footwear are essential.

What
Where
When
Information
Wildflowers and foraging – talk
Torrance Rural Woman’s Institute
11th March 2013
7:30pm
Fully Booked
Invasive Non-native Species identification and surveying
Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton
Sunday 19th May 2013
10am – 4:30pm
Full day course learning the basics of Invasive Species identification and survey techniques, with an afternoon of practical experience.
Invasive Non-native Species identification and surveying
Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
10 am – 4pm
Full day course learning the basics of Invasive Species identification and survey techniques, with an afternoon of practical experience.
Broad Habitat survey and classification
Kettilstoun Mains, Linlithgow
Friday 24th May 2013
10am – 1pm
How to survey and classify broad habitats on a site (Phase 1 survey) and basic species identification
Badger ID and survey techniques
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire
Monday 10th June 2013
10am – 4:30pm
Join Scottish Badger for a full day course on Badger surveying with morning indoor theory session and outdoor practical afternoon session
Wildflower Identification and Folklore
Drumpelier Country Park, Coatbridge (tbc)
Wednesday 17th July 2013
11am – 4pm
Join Plantlife Scotland and CSFT to take a closer look at plants. Learn some top tips to help identify the plants we find and learn the many ways people have used them for food, medicines and craft. They’ll also be the chance to try our own wildflower brews.
Wildflower Identification, Folklore  and Foraging
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, Livingston
Saturday 20th July 2013
11am – 4pm
Take a closer look at plants, learn some top tips to help identify the plants we find and learn the many ways people have used them for food, medicines and craft. They’ll also be the chance to try our own wildflower brews.
Introduction to Invertebrates
Balallan House, Stirling
Tuesday 6th August 2013
10am – 4pm
A full day course learning about the different surveying techniques used for invertebrates, with some identification thrown in
Native Tree Identification
River Avon Heritage Trail, Falkirk
Friday 23rd August 2013
10am – 12 noon
The identification of native trees along with some folklore and foraging tips
Moss Identification
Drumpelier Country Park, Coatbridge (tbc)
Sat 31st August 2013
10 am – 3:30pm

Full day course with an indoor theory session on Scottish mosses and an afternoon out in the field getting practice.
Introduction to Beetles,
Balallan House, Stirling
Thursday 5th September 2013
10am – 4pm
A full day course learning about Scottish Beetles, identification and survey methods with an afternoon of practical experience
Fungi Identification
Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton (tbc)
 Thursday 26th& Friday 27th September 2013
10:30am – 4pm
Delve into the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify them using a range of field characters from textures and smell to making spore prints, suitable for beginners. Optional one or two day course with the second day focusing on Fungi identification using microscopes.
Woodland Management
Blaeberry Wood, East Whitburn, West Lothian
Saturday 5th October 2013, 10am – 3pm
Get some hands on experience of woodland management techniques under the guidance of the Woodland Trust Scotland’s Site Manager for West Lothian.
Woodland Management
Wilderness Wood, Livingston, West Lothian
Sunday 20th October 2013
10am – 3pm
Get some hands on experience of woodland management techniques under the guidance of the Woodland Trust Scotland’s Site Manager for West Lothian.


This programme of events has been possible thanks to grants from SNH and the Scottish Forestry Trust, and the kind donation of time and services fromBuglife, Plantlife, TCV and the Woodland Trust Scotland



Friday, 15 February 2013

The Falkirk Wildlife Group

Hi - Now that we are post Christmas and FET is post ENTRUST Audit, I'm in a better position to do some blogging. The latest good news is thart a new group have started up, known as the "Falkirk Wild life Group"

The group has come about because several individuals were interested in performing positive conservation activitieies, starting off with the mounting and maintenance of houses for Barn owls,  This was originally work undertaken by the Falkirk Council Access Rangers, who have had a lot to do with setting up the group


"Falkirk Wildlife Conservation Group

We are a newly formed small group of enthusiastic like - minded people who have come together to share, learn and become more actively involved, in the conservation of the biodiversity in the Falkirk area.
Our main aim is to support the conservation of target species, as listed in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Falkirk Council Area.
We are already involved in the Barn owl and Tree sparrow nest box projects.
If you are interested in becoming more involved learn new skills and gain more knowledge of the wildlife in your area we would like to hear from you!
For more information email secretary lesley.sweeney@falkirk.gov.uk"

It would appear that a number of new ideas for activities are already on the table, and as always there needs to be willing volunteers for these to happen. So if you are interested, make contact with the group Via Lesley Sweeney.

Bye for now