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Skylights for August

By |2021-07-30T12:22:09+01:00July 26th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

During our warm August evenings, the most prominent feature in the night sky is the Summer Triangle. Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out for this month.  It is always helpful to have a star chart to follow when navigating and observing the heavens.  A free star

Skylights for July

By |2021-06-28T19:01:00+01:00June 28th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

In July the skies remain light and the opportunity for seeing noctilucent clouds continues as in June, however, towards the end of the month, particularly after midnight, some of the important late summer/early autumn constellations begin to be seen. Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out

Life on the River Bank

By |2021-06-09T11:41:31+01:00June 7th, 2021|General News, Volunteering, Rivers, Meadows|

New volunteer Cameron from Callander spent 4 days helping Forth Rivers Trust with the brash bank project. Find out what he got up to here. This was my first time volunteering with Callander’s Landscape. I had wanted to get involved last summer but there were no practical activities going on, because of a virus

Skylights for June

By |2021-06-10T09:50:21+01:00May 28th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

Being high summer the nights are short and not particularly dark making observations difficult or in some cases impossible. It is however an opportunity to look for noctilucent clouds (pictured above) and Zodiacal Light.  Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out for this month.  It is

Skylights for May

By |2021-04-26T14:45:59+01:00April 26th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

With shortened nights there is only a short window for observing the night sky and the constellations you will see are more subdued. However there is still plenty to observe and enjoy. Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out for this month.  It is always helpful

Surveying the black grouse

By |2021-04-08T14:53:25+01:00April 1st, 2021|General News, Black Grouse|

An iconic Scottish species – but numbers have declined Black Grouse are an iconic Scottish species that inhabit woodland edges with undergrowth of heather and blueberries, which they use for food and cover from predators. Numbers have declined since the 1970’s, attributed to various causes including reduced woodland habitat, overgrazing of hill ground, reduced

Skylights for April

By |2021-04-21T15:07:24+01:00March 28th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

As the nights grow shorter the bright winter constellations edge their way towards the west but there is still time to do some serious sky gazing. Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out for this month.  It is always helpful to have a star chart to

Enter our Cosmic Competition

By |2021-03-21T20:26:19+00:00March 1st, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

Win a Space at Home Activity Pack As part of The Sky Above Us weekend of astronomical events, we're giving you the chance to win a Space At Home pack. The Space at Home pack is a great way for families to learn more about space together. It's jam-packed with fun activities from Cosmos

Skylights for March

By |2021-03-01T10:07:51+00:00February 25th, 2021|General News, Dark Skies|

This month we can enjoy more daylight as we approach the spring equinox and the start of British Summertime, however there are still some great night skies to be enjoyed.  Vernon from the Callander and West Perthshire U3A Astronomy group shares what to look out for this month.  It is always helpful to have

Brash Banking on the River Teith

By |2021-02-23T14:56:32+00:00February 22nd, 2021|General News, Rivers|

Using green techniques to reduce river bank erosion The River Teith is one of the defining features of the local landscape and town. As part of the Rivers project, Forth Rivers Trust explain the river bank erosion work that is planned for later this year. The map shows an area of the river undergoing

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