History Walk

On Saturday 14th May, Colin Chess will lead a group walk around the Craiglockhart Hills.  Colin is a hugely knowledgeable local historian and many of our members will have read his articles in the ‘Canalside’ magazine and elsewhere. The walk will offer an opportunity to learn about the geology of the area, about early and recent […]

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2016 Petanque Season

Now that the there is lengthening evening light, we will get our petanque sessions under way again. We plan to play on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm onwards in the curling rink area at the Craiglockhart Terrace entrance to the woods. The first session is likely to be on Tuesday 10th May – look out for […]

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Swan Saga – Latest update

Our new pair of swans have, following the vote at the AGM, been christened Siegfried and Brighid – Siggy and Bridie to their friends. They were very active during the mating season and worked together to build a solid and substantial nest. A good clutch of eggs was laid at the beginning of April – […]

Play Trail

Play Trail

Our play trail is taking shape. During the week, the various play sites are well used by our regular groups from Craiglockhart Primary, Corner House Nursery and Little Monkeys Nursery. In the school holidays, they are joined by groups of children from the holiday play schemes at George Watsons School and Craiglockhart Leisure Centre. More […]

News update

2016 AGM

Nearly 70 of our members turned out for our AGM at Meggetland Sports Centre on March 3rd. The first task of the evening was to vote for names for our swans and for the living willow pirate ship. ‘Champions’ from the audience presented the shortlisted names and the winners were ‘Siegfried‘ for the male swan, […]

2017 AGM

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 30th March at Meggetland Sports Centre from 7.00PM to 9.00PM.  There will be refreshments on offer from 7.00pm.  The AGM will start at 7.30. The 18th AGM of the Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail will be held at Meggetland Sports Centre on Thursday 30th March at […]

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Autumn Clean Up Day

A clean up day is planned for Sunday 15th November at 11.00am. If you can spare a couple of hours we will be: litter-picking leaf raking from paths ivy stripping off the wall below the wooden steps digging out a trench for the living willow pirate ship plus various other digging tasks dependent on turnout […]

The angry swan

Swan Song (or RIP George)

George – our male swan – met a sad end during the night of the 17th June. He was killed defending the nest and the three remaining eggs were taken. The most likely predator would have been a fox though it would have been unusual for a fox to cross the fairly deep water around […]

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Swan Saga 3

Our swans have chosen a new nesting site this year. There is a splendid view of the nest but it is undeniably in a more vulnerable position. Please be considerate and keep dogs well away from the site. Please don’t throw rubbish or food into the water beside the nest. This is the second brood […]

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Little Grebes on Graiglockhart Pond

Little Grebes or Dabchicks have been spotted during March on Craiglockhart Pond. They are, as the name suggests, the smallest members of the grebe family and are widely distributed across Europe, Africa and Asia. About the size of a moorhen, they have a sharper beak and a ‘fluffy’ rear end. In the summer, they have […]