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Cyclists be aware !

Recently a 3-year-old boy was knocked down on the Back Road by a cyclist who came round a corner and couldn't stop before hitting the child. Luckily in this instance the child only had bumps and bruises but no broken bones. The teenage cyclist also had some injuries.

As more people are encouraged to use the Hillfoots Way for cycling and walking there is potential for this type of accident. Extra vigilance must be taken by all users.

News from Ochil Landscape Partnership

Alasdair Ross from Stirling University, along with other bodies through the Archaeology Adopt a Monument Scheme will carry out digs in Menstrie Glen and on Myreton Hill. This is to find out more about the sites and the history of the glen before the planned forestry planting takes place there in 2015-16.

For more information contact alasdair.ross[at]stir.ac.uk

The Ochil Landscape Partnership offer an educational interactive website at www.ochils.org.uk. There, you can find out about the Bronze Age in Tillicoultry and the old Ice house in Alva, and watch the video called "The Ochils and the Locals".

Hedgerows - A very important habitat !

The loss of hedgerows has been blamed for the decline of many plants, birds and animals traditionally associated with farmland. Hedgerows are a very important part of Biodiversity everywhere because they offer so much for wildlife. In the lifetime of a hedge it will have supported millions of creatures by providing shelter, feeding and nesting opportunities. If it bears flowers and berries it provides food for insects, birds and animals. It will create a wildlife corridor from one place to another, decreasing risk of predation and also acting as a point of reference to some (bats in flight are known to use hedgerows and tree lines as markers).

To increase the thickness and value to Biodiversity, a hedge can be laid at about 3 to 5 years of age. The trunk of the hedge will be sliced so that a hinge is left then the hedgerow plant is laid on its side and pinned into place. This process will encourage new growth and will provide extra thickness of hedge close to the ground.

If left to flower before cutting back, the hedge is of greater use to bees and other insects. When cutting is considered essential each year, then consider cutting the hedge only on alternate sides each year to allow for some flowers and fruit to have time to appear. Ideally cutting would take place every two to three years on a cycle so that only certain sections were cut, leaving the rest to flower and fruit. Some hedges will have more wildlife value than others; those that flower and bear fruit such as Blackthorn are of higher value than a Beech hedge.

Next time you are passing a hedge take a peek and see what is happening in the mini-world of the hedge!

Help prevent crime

Crimestoppers  tel: 0800 555 111 |d|

To provide information in confidence, visit the Crimestoppers web site where you may fill in a special form on-line. Crimestoppers guarantee complete anonymity: No-one can find out who gives information about crime by this method.
Or, contact Crimestoppers Scotland on 0800 555 111.

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