Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Flooded Meadow

The weather here in the West of Scotland has been very wet and windy for the last few weeks now and many areas are flooded. A walk down to the local bird ponds revealed extensive flooding in the area, but fortunately this had not spread to any buildings.
However, the birds were enjoying it.

The area has many Roe deer and Badgers and the flooding had pushed the Deer onto the main footpath, rather than remaining within their usual wooded areas. The Badger setts were well away from the flooded areas.
On walking through the flooded area we spotted some badger spraint. The badgers must venture to the ponds for water.
 This lovely scent became ugly when we spotted the remains of a drinking session. Empty fortified wine bottles were scattered about, as well as beer cans and plastic carrier bags. Another clean-up operation will have to be arranged.

Empty Buckfast bottles
 The flooding was worse than I have seen it, but at least it is not affecting the birds. A wet and windy January is forecast, so the scenes above will be there for a while yet!

At least it is not too cold.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Hyndford Quarry Extension Approved, South Lanarkshire

Despite objection from over 15,000 people, South Lanarkshire Council has approved the extension of Hyndford Quarry, near World Heritage Site, New Lanark. Many local groups were against the extension, as well as local and national politicians. A website was set up by objectors which can be seen here called Save our Landscapes.

Historical Significance

New Lanark was once a thriving industrial centre where adults and children had good working and living conditions, thanks to the philanthropist, Robert Owen. While many people in the 19th century lived and worked in terrible conditions, those in New Lanark had good working conditions, housing, access to education and health.

Physical punishment was prohibited and child labour was restricted at a time when children worked down mines and in other dangerous places.

Corra Linn Falls
Falls of the Clyde

The magnificent Falls of the Clyde are also in the area, with Corra Linn Falls being described by the poet William Wordsworth as “the Clyde’s most majestic daughter” after a visit in 1802. JMW Turner painted the Falls between 1844 and 1846 and Sir Walter Scott and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were also visitors to the area.

New Lanark
The site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site 12 years ago and a previous First Scottish Minister, the late Donald Dewar, gave assurances that the site would be protected. Historic Scotland also agreed to protect the site.

Pressure is now mounting for the Scottish Government to reject the planning extension by Mexican company Cemex.

Hopefully the final outcome will be known soon.

Further Information:

Save our Landscapes - Protestors to the quarry extension

South Lanarkshire Council

Historic Scotland


Friday, 6 December 2013

Morning Sky

On my journey to work from Motherwell to Mount Florida, Glasgow, I change trains at a place called Newton, near Cambuslang. While waiting for my connection I saw this lovely sky. At Newton the sky always looks quite dramatic.

I was wondering why, and think the reason is that there are no buildings in the area to obscure the view. This may be due to the fact that from 1873 to 1979 Hallside Steel Works was situated there and the land may still be contaminated.

The area around Cambuslang had a number of steel-making works, but most of them were closed in the 1970's and 80's.