Scotland votes to end mass culling of Mountain Hares. June 2020

mountain hareOn Wednesday 17th June, after much pressure from conservationists, the Scottish Parliament voted to give Mountain Hares special protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

More on this story here:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/scotland-to-ban-mass-culling-of-mountain-hares

 

 

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A wee pause…

bigstock-Conceptual-image-of-green-tree-81093914-660x408Hi all, this is the inevitable notification that due to the Covid-19 virus we will not be running any events at Three Hares for a little while until we have more of a grasp on the situation.

We had thought that some outdoor work like tree planting, done with properly acknowledged social distancing and with a small group, may have been able to continue this Sunday, 29th March, but obviously now with lockdown in place that will not be possible.

We will re-assess the situation as soon as lockdown is lifted, as we understand the benefits of being outdoors on physical and mental health, as well as the importance of continuing to look after the land and trees at Three Hares.

We have been looking at the possibility of running eco-therapy days for folk in need of it, NHS workers with burnout, as an example, and will keep you posted.  If you have any ideas or are interested in this please send an email to threehareswoodland@gmail.com

In the mean time, if you can, appreciate the pause that this situation has brought.  Cheer on nature as it begins to heal itself.

Be well and keep in touch.

Much Springy love,

Hares xxx

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New Paid and Volunteer Opportunities at Three Hares Woodland!

We are in the final year of our initial 5 year lease engaging local communities with the Three Hares Woodland, around the values of Well being, Biodiversity and Education.

For us to secure a lease at £1/year for 99 years, we need to continue our community campfire days alongside further outreach to schools, local people and volunteer groups. It’s a very exciting time to get involved!

All applicants must be available for a training weekend 1st and 2nd February 2020. Project Coordinator applicants must be available for an interview on Sunday 26th January. 

  • Project Coordinator Role (1 paid position until at least June 2020, thereafter depending on funding)
    • Click here for Role Profile, Specification & Questionnaire.
  • Campfire Coordinators/Facilitators (1-6 paid facilitators to deliver two events per year)
    • Click here for Role Profile, Specification & Questionnaire.

Application deadline for above posts is Monday 20th January 2020. Please email threehareswoodland@gmail.com with your questionnaire.

As per our most recent community consultation we have organised Friday afternoon forest school sessions for young people, supported by Scottish Wildlife Trust.

  • Environmental educators – Wildlife Watch Leaders, supported by Scottish Wildlife Trust (2-6 volunteers)
    • Click here for more information and to apply.

Hope to have you on our Harey team! 

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28th July 2019 – Community Campfire Day

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28th July 12-4pm…

We are beginning the first of many free MONTHLY COMMUNITY CAMPFIRE DAYS on the 28th July.

Campfire days will be the LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH and will vary in flavour, from ecotherapy to foraging, conservation work (tree care to land care), heritage/identification skills and more. They will all include community, nature, learning and fire!

This day will revolve around prepping the land for PATH BUILDING AND PATH RESTORATION to begin improving access for wheelchair and buggies to your local woodland. We will begin this by building a path through the marshy section of the land that gets difficult to cross in the winter!

We will also do land/river care (LITTER PICKING) & tree care work, the latter using tools kindly up-cycled and donated by The Edinburgh Prison for us to use! Big thank you to the workers and we hope to use them for the first time this weekend.

please bring:
Food to share or not share, water and clothes for all Scottish weathers.

Transport:
Number 15 bus leaves from Bruntsfield, alternatively the number 37 leaves from Princess Street.
Buses arrives to Glencorse barracks in 35-40 minutes (£1.70) & there will be clear signs from there.
Please post here if you are travelling from Edinburgh & we can coordinate bus trips and car shares.

Further location details:
https://three-hares-woodland.org/how-to-find-us/

If you have any questions please contact:
Threehareswoodland@gmail.com

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Ecotopia

Check out ecotopiabiketour.net

Watch out here for more info about a skillshare day and communal meal with them at Three Hares Woodland.

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Compost Toilet Build. 8th, 9th,13th & 14th April 2019

No previous experience necessary!  Come down to Three Hares from midday on 8th and 9th April to help prep the site of our Compost Toilet.

The build will take place on the 13th and 14th April from 10am.  Just turn up at Three Hares and Tommy, who is heading the build, will let you know what to do.

Having this ‘comfort’ at Three Hares will make the site more accessible to many more groups.

This is a great opportunity to learn about compost toilets.

As always, bring whatever food and drink you will need for the day.

 

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Tree Care Day 7th April 2019

It’s happening now!  Today!  Get yourselves down to Three Hares to help with protecting our young trees with deer guards and weeding the base of the trees to stop growth competition.

Also, a shout out to get in touch if you know anything about a mycelium tea that is a less labour intensive way to remove the grasses etc from the base of newly planted trees.  We are keen to use this method so email threehareswoodland@gmail.com if you can help.

Thaaaanks!!

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Hut Celebration Postponed

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It is with much disappointment that we have to cancel the hut build celebration this weekend and rearrange for another date. Today Dalkeith Police contacted Three Hares to inform us that Midlothian Council had been in touch with them, reporting that we were planning an event without a Public Entertainment License. There is no chance to get this license in three days.

We obviously think this is ridiculous but as we were officially warned by the police that if we went ahead with the event we would be committing a criminal act we have to cancel. Going ahead with it would jeopardise future events at Three Hares and would result in action being taken by the police against us. The officer who phoned did commiserate with us but had to act on the complaint made by the council.

Gah!

However, we will keep you informed of when we can have a right proper shindig to celebrate!!

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Hut Celebration!

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By this weekend it will be finished! Come celebrate with us!!

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First Day of Round Wood Timber Frame Course

 

We have begun the hut build!  The first day (Monday 30th July, 2018) consisted of much draw knife action debarking the larch poles.  The scent and the colour of the bark were wonderful!  Ash mallets were also created.  A really great group, full of enthusiasm, are taking part in this project.  We look forward to more volunteers joining us on Saturday to raise the structure.  Come along!

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