Category Archives: Nature

Duddingston Loch, Edinburgh

Rambling around Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh last month. Lovely walk, old stone walls, Dr. Neil’s Garden, Duddingston Kirk, and some geese, swans, and pheasants.

At one point when we were unsure as to how to get to one of the places we wanted to see, a friendly woman noticed our apparent confusion, opened a gate, and led us there. Wonderful!

Old stone walls that went on for kilometers

duddington lock edinburgh church garden birds

Remnants of a horse-drawn railway dating to 1831

When I saw this chain on the church wall I joked that it was for sinners. Turns out I wasn’t off the mark. . .

Byrne Creek Invasive English Ivy Pull

As part of the City of Burnaby’s Environment Week activities, the City, Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, and the Lower Mainland Green Team collaborated on pulling invasive English Ivy from the ravine. Thanks to all the volunteers!

Streamkeeper volunteers setting up our information booth

Thanks to the Lower Mainland Green Team for providing lots of gear and supervision!

Our 3D maps of the lower mainland, and of the Byrne Creek watershed, were great hits. Made by hand by streamkeeper volunteers!

I love hands-on outdoor events!

Volunteers heading down into the ravine near the playground at Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby, BC

The pile of ivy grows. . .

Thanking the volunteers

Byrne Creek Burnaby Invasive Ivy Pull
Yumi found this ancient stubbie that was still capped and had liquid in it, but we were afraid to open it 😉