Last week was my holiday and when I came back this week, Laura Preston, our Ranger, had had mice running all over her desk. It is also the only composite NNR as it consists of six individual woodlands; each one occupying its own dramatic river gorge.National Nature Reserves are some of the ecologically richest areas in Scotland and are designated by the government NGO, Scottish Natural Heritage.

For a period of 11 weeks starting on 21 August 2017 and finishing on 10 November 2017, some sections of the public path network at Corehouse Estate will be temporarily closed to allow tree felling works associated with woodland restructuring to proceed safely.

You are advised that during this period, machinery will be operating at various locations.

My walk down on Monday was a real treat, as I came across a flock of birds including redwing, goldcrest, blue tit and bullfinch. This weekend the Clyde room has been filled with kids since Friday evening. The last booking was even done 7.30 on the Sunday morning so that is quite incredible. So many last minute bookings because that was not the only one. And the colours of the leaves are mesmerising, it’s amazing how there can be so many different shades of orange! Furthermore, Lindsay Mark, our Visitor Experience Manager found that some of our storage room which is right next to the office had a scent of pee.

So, here are some of my ideas for things to do outside this autumn.… Again, the mice had been having fun in our little New Lanark building. The Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve is ten years old this year and one of only 41 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in Scotland.

Address: Falls of Clyde, New Lanark ML11 9DB Highlights include: VISITING THE RESERVE The Falls of Clyde reserve lies approximately 1 mile south of the town of Lanark, and is reached through the historic village of New Lanark, signposted from all major routes.

The main entry to the reserve is at New Lanark, with another entrance at West Lodge, Corehouse.

Whenever I take the bus into work, I always enjoy my walk down The Beeches from Lanark to the Falls of Clyde office in New Lanark.

The narrow lane down the hill is lined with elder and hawthorn and the birds just love all those berries! All the tickets were booked except two so a very good turn-up this year. Autumn is a wonderful time of year to be outside exploring in the woods, once all the leaves begin to drop off the trees you begin to see all sorts of things you wouldn’t have noticed earlier in the year like birds nests and squirrel dreys.

Diversions are in place to avoid the closed sections.