Cubs help rangers at Beecraigs

Beecraigs Country Park. Scouts, cubs.
Beecraigs Country Park. Scouts, cubs.

The ranger service at Beecraigs Country Park got a welcome helping hand from 17 eager youngsters at the weekend, when the 4th West Lothian cubs arrived to undertake some much needed maintenance and conservation work.

Under the leadership of their Akela, Rhona Oag, the 17 boys are working towards their Global Conservation badge and are keen to learn new outdoor skills, including the use of tools.

Under glorious sunshine the enthusiastic group was split into two.

Each group was led by one of the rangers with the support of adult helpers. The individual groups then took it in turns to work on two park features that the ranger service is currently developing for the public who visit and use the park.

One activity involved inspecting and maintaining the mountain bike trail; repairing wet patches and cutting back trees. The other activity involved working on a new picnic area; cutting-back bramble bushes and weeding for wildflower planting.

Working together as a team, the boys impressed the rangers by successfully digging and then building a new hibernaculum; a habitat for the amphibians from a nearby pond.

Thanks to the cubs’ hard work and efforts, the wildlife of Beecraigs Country Park will be better off, not forgetting the public who will have a drier mountain bike trail to ride.

This week’s visit by the 4th West Lothian cubs was offered to the ranger service as a thank you for a bushcraft activity the rangers ran. At that event the cubs had learned how to build shelters in the outdoors, using only what they could find in the forest.

Both the country park and the cubs have benefitted from these recent activities, where a great time was had by all.