An introduction to wildflower meadows - flowers and insects
Aimed at beginners, this workshop will introduce participants to the importance of wildflower meadows/ species-rich grasslands as a habitat in their own right as well as the wildlife that they support. You will then head outside and have the opportunity to learn how to identify wildflowers and pollinators such as bees and other insects. RSPB staff James Silvey and Dan Brown will be on hand to guide you and give you some tips.
No previous knowledge or specialist equipment is needed for this workshop. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day free of charge.
After the workshop, help us to better understand the wildlife found where you are by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form.
When & Where
10:00 – 13:00 at RSPB Skinflats Reserve, Bothkennar Research Station, Haughs of Airth, Falkirk FK2 8PP. We are tricky to find and sat nav may take you to our neighbours. Please see directions below.
We are just off the National Cycle Network 76, between the Kincardine Bridge and Powfoulis Hotel. Alternatively, you could use Traveline Scotland to help plan your journey by public transport: www.travelinescotland.com
Tea/Coffee will be provided.
This session is partly out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest layers, a waterproof jacket and a hat for sun or cold depending on the season.
The ground may be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots/stout footwear is advised.
Photo Grahame Madge (rspb-images.com)
How to find RSPB Skinflats from the North
Cross the Kincardine Bridge or the new Clackmannanshire Bridge. Go over the new roundabout at the foot of the bridges. Take the next exit, signed for local traffic. Turn left just before a msall car park, and follow this road carefully around several blind corners. Take the left after the row of white cottages set back from the road (15mph speed restriction, a mossy centre and an avenue of trees) and follow down to the end.
How to find RSPB Skinflats from the Edinburgh, Glasgow or Stirling direction
Take the M876 signed to Kincardine Bridge off the M9. Leave the motorway at Junction 3 – A905. Go right at the first roundabout and then straight on at the second roundabout (exit signposted for Larbert and Skinflats) on to the A905 south towards Grangemouth. After 100m turn left where signed to the Powfowlis Hotel. Follow this road until a T junction/offset crossroads is reached where the hotel is to the right. Turn left and then right down the lane with a 15mph speed restriction, a mossy centre and an avenue of trees. Follow this to the end, over the speed bumps. Bothkennar research station is at the very bottom.
If you are travelling from Grangemouth/Falkirk up the A905, please note you cannot turn right onto the road towards the hotel. You have to continue to the roundabout and double back on yourself.