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Here comes the summer fun issue no.12


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Welcome to our twelfth edition of Wagtail, the newsletter and events calendar for Dams to Darnley Country Park.


Inside you will find: – Spring events look back – Free postcard packs – History feature on the Darnley Sycamore


– Separating swallows, martins and swifts


– Dams to Darnley Angling Club


– Spotlight on pipistrelle bat – Summer events calendar


Red-tailed bumble bee. Marvellous spring


AT DAMS TO DARNLEY we kicked off the year in style with our first event in January, the birds for beginners walk, where people learned how to identify some of our many winter migrants. In February we got our feather dusters out for a ‘spring clean’ around the country park. A big thank you to our hard-working volunteers for their help to clear up the Darnley Mill area, which has made a big difference!


‘Step into spring’ had a great turn-out and was the


perfect opportunity to look out for the early spring flowers around the country park, as well as the odd clump of frog spawn. ‘What goes bump in the night?’ was a great success, with an exciting torch-lit tour of the country park. Finally, in May, we had a summer stroll up the Craigie on a very wet day indeed. Luckily the rain cleared as we reached the summit, allowing us to get some great views, as well as a good look at some wonderful wildflowers along the way.


The next edition of Wagtail will be out in autumn 2011.


FREE country park packs


NEW POSTCARD PACKS promoting the country park have just been printed. Each pack contains 11 different postcards focusing upon walks, wildlife and history within Dams to Darnley. Three walks postcards give details of


linear or circular routes within the country park. The ‘paths, ponds and grassland’ walk takes in two circular routes within Darnley Mill. The linear ‘heart of the country park’ route passes through Waulkmill Glen woodland and Waulkmill Glen, Littleton and Ryat Linn reservoirs, whilst a ‘walk by the water’ follows the southern edge of Balgray Reservoir. Each walk connects with the next, giving a four mile route all the way from Nitshill Road, Darnley, to Springfield Road, Barrhead.


Pond dipping event.


The four wildlife postcards encompass activities ideal for children, each focusing upon a different season. Each pack also contains three postcards with a theme from the past: Darnley Bleachfields; Barrhead dams and Patterton Prisoner of War Camp. One final postcard contains a short questionnaire which can be filled in and returned using the freepost address on the reverse. The feedback will help us in our continued efforts to improve the country park for visitors. The postcard packs are free and can be picked up from local libraries and community venues surrounding the country park. The cost of producing the postcard packs was supported through LEADER funding.


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