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Super Snowdrops and Hairy Hazels

We are all hoping that spring is on it way and just occasionally the sun shines on a warm spot out of the wind, the birds start signinf and we can all dream that it is just around the corner....however its to turn colder next week so we will just have to wait. In the meantime there are #signsofspring to be seen along the river. Pairs of Dippers have been spotted. Snowdrops abound, it seems to be a great year for them and these are fairly newly planted ones at the Balgreen Wildlife Garden - don't they look lovely in amongst the winter aconites.

I have also been out spotting hazel flowers - so small, like pink hairs sprouting from the buds a yet so perfect - i could not get a good photo so I stole this from the Woodland Trust - Click on me for more info about the Hazel. Please share your signs of spring with us be it wildlife signings or flowers appearing



Urban Fungi by Patrick Hickey - interesting Talk on Monday Evening at the Visitor Centre

Monday 26th February – 7.30pm 
Urban Fungi by Dr Patrick Hickey
Deep within the city of Edinburgh, fungi can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens and parks, however they often pop up in unusual places!  The talk will show examples of various fungi in the city and demonstrate the unique dispersal mechanisms that make fungi so successful in adapting to our constantly-changing environment.  
Dr. Patrick Hickey, an independent scientist based at Summerhall, specialises in the biology of fungi and developing new techniques for microscopy and time-lapse imaging. Patrick is a guest lecturer at The University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to TV and film documentaries, including the BBC's "The Magic of Mushrooms" 
Free for Members, Guest £2


Volunteer Task in Leith this Sunday meeting at 10.30am

Our next volunteer task is meeting at the wee car park off Coburg Street in Leith at 10.30 on Sunday 25th February. Do let us know if you plan to come along - lets hope we dont have any more sofas to deal with!!


Juniper Green Clean-up and Pathwork task yields a huge pile of rubbish

We had a beautiful day for last weeks volunteer conservation task in Juniper Green - 18 volunteers joined in the effort cleaning up the bypass area and sorting various path and step issues. Great Job Team


How could Harlaw House Visitor Centre be better - have your say

Balerno Village Trust are seeking the views of local people as to how facilities at Harlaw House in the Pentland could be improved - click on this link above to add your thoughts to the mix. For more information about Balerno Village Trust visit