Callander’s Landscape is go! Three new team members, Julie, Ross and Toby, have started and will be supporting Emma Martin who is the Programme Manager. Our new staff have been in post for just over two months now and Julie explains some of the things they have been up to so far.
It has certainly been a busy few weeks for us. Perhaps one of the biggest realisations was that while I thought I knew Callander reasonably well, there are so many places I haven’t explored and so much rich history that I wasn’t aware of. Within Callander’s Landscape there are lots of projects that will be taking place and it has been great to get outside, see the project sites and meet the partners that we will be working with over the next few years.
On our first day, we enjoyed a woodland walk in the Crags and saw lots of local wildlife, including the lovely red squirrel. Later in the week, we visited the Falls of Leny along with the wider staff team to hear all about the plans for the restoration of the Victorian walkway, which will no doubt be a very exciting project.
Ross, our Community Heritage Officer showed me and Toby a burial ground and told us some stories about the historical significance of Callander; something that I am definitely looking forward to finding out more about, through the projects with Callander Heritage Society.
One sunny afternoon I donned my wellies and went for a walk along the Garbh Uisge with staff from Forth Rivers Trust. We saw a grey heron, lots of oak eggar moth caterpillars in the meadow but alas we didn’t spot any fish. However I now know about different types of water flow and will be looking out for redds (migratory fish nests) over the winter months.
There are still lots of places for me and the team to explore and partners still to meet; however the couple of months have really shown the breadth of the projects that make up Callander’s Landscape. Hopefully over the next few months I will get to know the Callander community a bit better as I start delivering volunteering opportunities and activities on the ground.
You can stay up to date with the latest news, events and volunteering opportunities from the Callander’s Landscape team by checking this website (www.callanderslandscape.org) or by following us at www.facebook.com/CallandersLandscapeand www.twitter.com/CallandersLand