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SSPCA to the rescue.

Yesterday (6th Oct)  the SSPCA  picked up two cygnets that were found wandering around in Lockharton Avenue. The  cygnets have now been safely re-homed  to the “social” pond at the foot of Arthur’s Seat. Another was picked up in the evening and has now joined it’s siblings in their new home. We  understand that (at […]

The angry swan

Swan Saga 2

On Saturday 16th August, a squad of swan ringers from Lothian and Fife Swan and Goose Study Group descended on Craiglockhart Pond. Their mission was to ring our seven cygnets. The task was approached with a degree of trepidation. After all, only a few weeks earlier, George, our male swan, had featured in the national […]

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Craighouse Campus Scheme 3 Proposal

Our aims state that we should: preserve the Easter Craiglockhart Hill Local Nature Reserve for the enjoyment of members of the public with special provision for the disabled conserve and enhance the wildlife value of the area and increase its biodiversity develop and improve the area We have analysed the latest Craighouse proposals from this […]

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Clean Up Day

29 valiant volunteers turned up on Sunday 29th June to tackle a range of different tasks across the Local Nature Reserve and 10 more from the Friends of Craighouse Group litterpicked on the Craighouse campus. The Shovelling Squad (Rob, Tom, Nicholas and our visitor from Spain,Valentin) shifted a mountain of wood chip on the curling […]

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Graffiti Art, Love it or loath it?

The graffiti art on the rear wall of the Leisure Centre might be regarded as an eyesore by some. However, artists like Banksy have popularised graffiti art and there are many who admire our local example. There are quite a few positive internet reviews and comments. You can even purchase cards and posters of the […]

The Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail, History Board

History board – Offical unveiling

The “official” unveiling of the History Board created by the Friends of Craiglockhart Woods and Nature Trail took place on the 3rd April 2014. Local councillor Gavin Corbett (Scottish Green Group) said a few words and then the veil (well, a tartan rug really) was drawn back. Two children from Craiglockhart Primary School who had […]

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Curling Rink Area – Community Consultation

During January and February, FCWNT carried out an informal consultation about the future of the curling rink area at the Craiglockhart Terrace entrance to the Local Nature Reserve. We asked households in the adjoining streets about possible future uses of the area. We had been concerned for some time about the state of the slab […]

The “Dirty Weekenders”

” On Sunday 2nd February, a valiant band of students from Edinburgh University’s Conservation Society (widely known as the ‘Dirty Weekenders’ ) descended on Craiglockhart Woods. Peter  Hawkins from Spokes had suggested that they do battle with the muddy path from the Craighouse entrance to the pond. Following all the recent heavy rain, this path […]

Swan Saga

You will remember that in the summer sadly both the 2 old swans vanished from the pond. It was learned that the female had been taken away by the SSPCA and had been put to sleep but it is still not certain what happened to the male. The cygnets were also removed by the SSPCA. […]

Curling Rink Area

Craiglockhart Terrace entrance to Easter Craiglockhart Hill Local Nature Reserve This area was used as a curling rink for many decades up to the Second World War. The rink fell into disrepair and was covered with a whindust surface in 1998. Despite a recent ‘tidy-up’, this important entrance area does not provide a very attractive […]