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issue no.26 www.damstodarnley.org Winter wonderland


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


Inside you will find:


– Autumn events look back – Country park update – Wildlife witter – Looking ahead – Highlights of 2014 – Winter events calendar


The next edition of Wagtail will be out in spring 2015.


A snowy day in the country park. Autumn antics


THE OnLy EvEnT in A quiet August was our annual ‘canine competitors’ assault course. Dogs big and small (and their owners) had a go at our jumps and hoops. We held another


two regular events in September. Our ‘build a bivvy’ den making is always popular and this year was no exception, with many a sturdy shelter made. On our annual longer walk we made the journey to the Greenock Cut at Muirshiel Country Park and were rewarded with a glorious day and great views over the Clyde Estuary. A big thank you to the countryside rangers from Muirshiel for their help and talk about the park. The poor weather on our


‘Batman and mothin’ event prevented the bats from appearing but not the large frog that was found! During


Country park update


AS PART Of THE DAMS to Darnley project, work is ongoing to improve access to, and visitor facilities within, the country park. in mid August an


An autumnal fairy made on our ‘crafty capers’ event.


our ‘crafty capers’ event, held during the October school holiday, children made hedgehogs and fairies using leaves, conkers and anything else they could find. Our final event of the


autumn was our ‘fungi frolic’ walk where, with a little help from Professor James Milner-White of Glasgow University, we managed to find many and varied species of fungi.


agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments and the local authorities within the Clyde valley area was signed. The City Deal agreement will contribute £1.13 billion to major infrastructure projects across the Clyde valley area over the next 20 years. Within East Renfrewshire a number of proposed City Deal projects will benefit the country park and its visitors. Identified City Deal projects to be funded include the straightening of Aurs Road, plus the associated establishment of a Dams to Darnley visitor


centre with car parking. A new Barrhead South Rail Station, immediately west of the country park, is also identified. Further details of infrastructure, access, landscape and biodiversity enhancements associated with the planned development of Barrhead South have also been detailed within Proposed Supplementary Planning Guidance produced recently by East Renfrewshire Council. These will include new and upgraded paths, improving access to and within the country park. A copy of the guidance can be found in the Local Development Plan section of East Renfrewshire Council’s website. Future editions of Wagtail


will provide updates as available.


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