Every season brings changes to the Seven Lochs, so there's always something new to see. We're also continuing to improve visitor facilities around the park to help more local people, schools and community groups discover the park's wildlife and history.
As we move into spring the winter visitors, such as whooper swans and goldeneye duck will be getting ready for the long flight back to their breeding grounds in Iceland and Scandinavia. As the weather warms plants will start to stir from their winter slumber - with snowdrops usually the first to start the spring bloom.
Work has started on the extension to the Drumpellier Country Park Visitor Centre, with the upgraded and extended building scheduled to re-open in April. Final design work is completed for the Provan Hall Restoration, with work on the heritage buildings scheduled to start in autumn this year. We've also been using Trail camera action to find out more about wildlife in the park - and are looking for volunteers to help us capture more footage of who's out and about at Seven Lochs.
Visitor Centre Extension underway
North Lanarkshire Council and the Seven Lochs Partnership have commissioned work to extend and upgrade the Visitor Centre at Drumpellier Country Park.
Work is now underway to create an extension to the visitor centre that will overlook Lochend Loch, providing a window on the loch's wildlife. The new viewing area will include telescopes to get visitors closer to nature, with information to help people learn more about the park's birdlife.
The building upgrade will also include new information and interpretation to let people know more about where to go and what to do in the park, and find out about the area's history and nature. From the ancient Iron Age crannog to fascinating fungi and marvelous moss there's lots to discover and explore.
The building works also include improvements to entrances, toilets and activity space to help improve the visitor experience and offer scope for a range of events and workshops. Work is progressing well to date, and the upgraded visitor centre is currently scheduled to re-open in April 2019. We look forward to welcoming you then!
Final design work completed
The final phase of design work for the restoration of the heritage buildings at Provan Hall is now complete. Glasgow City Council and the Provan Hall Community Management Trust have been working with LDN Architects and a range of other specialist contractors to develop proposals for the restoration work due to start later this year. Key elements of the restoration include a complete renovation of the roof, removal and replacement of internal plaster work, and removal of the harling on the south range to expose the original stonework.
Alongside this GCC and the Seven Lochs Partnership are working with Bright 3D to develop plans for new heritage interpretation, and with Provan Hall Community Management Trust to look at how the restored building will be managed and used after the restoration. The aim is to create a new hub for heritage learning and engagement that reveals the hidden history of Provan Hall through the people who have lived and worked there during its 500 year life span. By bring the building's past to life through a range of events and visitor activities we hope that Provan Hall has a bright future.
If you would like to find out more about the fascinating history of Provan Hall, or would be interested in getting involved in the work of Provan Hall Community Management Trust please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capturing nature on camera
The Seven Lochs team and Countryside Ranger Service at North Lanarkshire Council have been using trail cameras to learn more about wildlife using the park. Trail cameras are set up where there are tracks and signs that show wildlife is using an area, and will capture images and video when triggered by movement. This helps us find out more about where and when different species are active in the park, and therefore what we can do to protect nature.
The NLC Ranger Service have captured fantastic footage of (we think) a mother and daughter otter at Drumpellier Country Park - see Drumpellier otter. There's increasing evidence that otter are returning to lochs and wetlands across the Seven Lochs area. A camera at Hogganfield Loch shows that it's the early bird that catches the fish - with footage of grey heron feeding at the loch edge from 4am onwards - see Hogganfield heron.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest pictures and footage. We are also looking for volunteers to help with out trail camera project. if you would be interested in helping us identify areas being used by different species and setting, monitoring and recording what's captured, please get in touch with us at email@example.com