Go green in biodiversity week

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THE BORDERS continues to hold many events as part of Scottish Biodiversity Week.

The annual celebration – when organisations such as park ranger services, councils, environmental charities, businesses and community organisations put on events – started in Fife in 2000 and has grown into a national message.

A spokesperson said: “The purpose of Scottish Biodiversity Week is to celebrate Scotland’s precious wildlife and landscapes and offer the opportunity to everyone to get out and about and experience them.”

On Saturday, early birds are invited to Eddleston Water (The Cuddy) in Peebles to witness the dawn chorus there.

Later in the morning there is a Scottish Borders Council ranger-led walk from Dowlaw to Cockburnspath (12km/7.5m).

Visitors have the chance to hear about bats and pondlife at Glentress wildlife watch centre near Peebles, and in the afternoon adults are invited to learn to make garden plant supports from willow at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre at Ancrum. In the evening at 9pm, there is a chance to watch bats with the Borders Bat Group’s Dougie McKenna at the Cuddyside in Peebles.

The Green Woodworking Weekend takes place at the weekend when participants can make their own shaving horse and/or pole lathe (more information from info@wooplaw.org if you want to take part) as well as see the work of bowl and spoon carvers, whistle makers, furniture makers, pole lathe turners and others.

On Sunday morning there will be a visit for adults to the only significant site in the Borders for the endangered Small Blue butterfly near Burnmouth.

And there will be afternoon and evening horse-logging demonstrations at Wooplaw Community Woodland near Stow on Sunday, also part of the Borders Festival of the Horse, when north Northumberland’s Danny MacNeil and Innerleithen-based Rab Erskine will show the work of their horses Scout and Angel.

Also on Sunday afternoon there will be a Wildlife Family Fun Day at Harestanes Visitor Centre which will include making a bumblebee house, pond-dipping and creating leaf art.

For more information and event listings, see www.biodiversityscotland.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.