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Lend a hand at Linlithgow Peel and join the Big Bird Watch

25 January 2011

Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service at Linlithgow Peel, beside the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, is gearing up for a busy weekend of special events.

The Rangers are once again inviting volunteers from the local community to support their important conservation work by taking part in their latest Volunteer Day, on Saturday 29th January.   

In the past few years, volunteers have played a key role in a range of seasonal tasks undertaken by the Ranger Service - such as path and vegetation clearing and hedge and tree planting - as well as assisting with nature surveys.

Andy Smart of Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service, says: “The help we’ve received from volunteers of all ages from the local community at previous events has been really tremendous. Their practical support of our conservation work is absolutely invaluable.

“There’s a great deal of work required in maintaining the land around Linlithgow Peel and Loch.  Jobs such as cutting and clearing away dying vegetation are time-consuming but vital to encourage plant and wild flower growth which supports the rich natural habitat for wildlife such as small mammals, birds and insects.”

“Our Volunteer Day events not only enable local people who use and enjoy the Peel to learn about the work of the Rangers Service but also gives them a chance to put something back into this wonderful natural resource on their doorstep, and get involved in its ongoing management.”

Volunteers don’t require any prior experience but do need to book their place in advance by calling 01506 842065.  Refreshments will be provided for volunteers on the day, who will need to be suitably dressed for working outside, in waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

And following the Volunteer Day, there’s another special event at Linlithgow Peel on Sunday 30th when the Rangers are hosting the Big Loch Bird Watch.  Come along and join the Rangers in this free, fascinating event (which coincides with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch event) and enjoy the opportunity to spot and record different species of birds, including winter migrating birds, on and around Linlithgow Loch.  There are two-hour long sessions at 10.30am and 1.30pm and again, to reserve your place, call 01506 842065.


Notes for Editors

  • The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace - set in the Royal Park or Peel, beside Linlithgow Loch - are situated in Linlithgow, off the M9.  Tel: 01506 842896.  Admission: adult £5.20, child £3.10, concessions £4.20.

  • Linlithgow Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest  (SSSI) due to its very large wildfowl population and abundance of wildlife.

  • Linlithgow Palace is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542 and her father, James V, who was born in 1512.  All of the Stewart kings lived here, and numerous renovations to its grand facades and chambers were carried out as each monarch sought to create the ideal modern palace.  A royal manor had been on the site of the Palace since the 12th century. It was transformed by the English into a modern secure stronghold around 1302 before returning  to Scottish hands in 1314.  A fire in 1424 destroyed the stronghold and burgh of Linlithgow and James I then started building the structure we have today. Under James IV, it developed into a courtyard palace, while James V and James VI made major contributions to what had become the finest palace of the Stewart kings.

  • The Palace is one of 345 splendid properties and sites throughout the country – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, castles and palaces, to abbeys and cathedrals -  in the care of Historic Scotland.

For further information, interviews and images

Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8734 / 07801 820757