Rouken Glen Park

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Super Spring March 17, 2014

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Hello hello!

Our apologies, its been a while since our last post.

Things have been super-busy here at Rouken Glen since October, what with the re-opening of our newly refubished Pavilion visitor centre, and getting settled into our lovely new office.


Currently we have a park photo exhibition on display in the Pavilion, however we are really excited and looking forward to the installation of a more permenant park information exhibition which we hope will be arriving in the not-so-distant future. The exhibition will have lots of fun facts and information about the park’s history, archaeology, landscapes and wildlife, including lots of interactive extras for a fun visitor experience before you head out to explore and enjoy the park.

We are also super excited about the upcoming upgrade of our children’s play park, which will see the existing play area completely replaced with brand new, accessible play surfaces, and brand new play inclusive play equipment and sensory zones. This does however mean that the existing play area will be off limits during the works, which will begin after the Easter break and will be completed by the Summer holidays.

play area

Our Activity Ranger Kate is also well underway with her events and activities programme for 2014, the first of which was a nest-box building event for National Nest Box week. Wwe had around 300 people through the door throughout the afternoon, and managed to build around 85 bird-boxes which people got to take home with them.

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We also had a lovely introduction to the night skies on Wednesday 5th March courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Glasgow, with presentations on Jupiter and the Moon, as the weather was not in our favour for any stargazing opportunities.

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Our monthly volunteer action days are also well underway, with our next day on Tuesday 25th March from 10am-3pm. For more info, please contact Kate Williamson on 0141 638 4121 or email


This weekend saw Rouken Glen Park play host to the launch of an exciting new Scotland-wide archaeology project – DigIt! 2015 – which will be rolling out a year-long programme of events and activities throughout 2015, encouraging everyone to get involved in archaeology.

Rangers Kate and Garry have been continuing with their fortnightly pond sampling, getting an insight into the health of our pond, as well as the perfect opportunity to record some of the visiting and resident wildfowl. Our resident swan pair are busy chasing two of last year’s cygnets off the pond, as they are preparing for this year’s nesting season. The youngsters are reluctant to leave, but the parents are very territorial and won’t stand for it.

We hope to be back with more blogging fun in the very near future, keeping you all updated with what’s going on at Rouken Glen Park.

Cheerio for now!


Awesome Autumn October 7, 2013

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Hello Rouken Glen fans, and welcome to the second instalment of our Ranger blog.

We at Rouken Glen can’t quite believe that it is October already. Oh how flies when you’re super busy ensuring that the Park is in top condition.

Autumn is in full swing, and the park is looking stunning, with the trees turning brilliant reds, yellows and oranges, and losing their leaves quickly. Autumn also sees the fungi community of Rouken Glen really coming to life, with a whole host of different species, of all shapes, sizes and colours.

Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria

Fly Agaric – Amanita muscaria

The photo above shows the impressive Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria, a poisonous toadstool, but very pretty looking and very distinctive. The white spots on the cap are left behind when the cap loses it’s white protective vail.

You may have noticed that the Rouken Glen Pavilion has finally lost it’s scaffolding and barriers. This is because the refurbishment of the building is nearly complete, and the Park Rangers are looking forward to moving back in to their newly refurbished base. The Pavilion will be officially opening to the public in a couple of weeks, and details on opening hours will be made available very shortly.

The toilets at the Pavilion will also be opening this week, however beware….the ladies and gents toilets have been switched. Looking from the front of the building, the ladies are located on the left hand-side and gents are now located on the right hand-side.

Electric Glen 2013

Electric Glen 2013

Electric Glen 2013

Electric Glen 2013

We are also happy to announce that Electric Glen will be returning to Rouken Glen in February 2014 for two weekends. Tickets are available over 8 dates from


Just a short and sweet update from us today, but stay tuned for further Ranger blog fun soon!


Hello heatwave! July 19, 2013

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Hello hello and welcome to the brand new Ranger blog from the Rouken Glen Park HLF Activity Ranger and Park Ranger Service. We hope to update this blog as often as we can with fun facts and information about what’s going on in the Park, and what our Ranger team are getting up to.

As we all know, Rouken Glen Park has been basking in the glorious sunshine for the best part of two weeks now. This inevitably means that there are a lot more people enjoying the park than usual, especially since its the Summer holidays. Our Park Rangers are working hard to keep the Park in tip-top condition, mainly keeping on top of the litter and emptying bins multiple times a day.

Many people are visiting for very different reasons. Some are here to play in the play-park, lots are here to walk their dogs, cyclists are making use of our cycle lanes, children are pond-dipping for pond monsters, some are here for just a leisurely stroll and many just to enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic in their local park. With all this in mind, the Ranger Service would like to remind people to respect other user’s access rights and to exercise their own rights responsibly.

This means we do have a few ground rules:

  • BBQ’s and fires are prohibited in the park, for safety reasons.
  • All dogs should be kept under close control or on a lead at all times.
  • Always pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste carefully, even if you’re walking in some of the wilder areas of the park.

  • Cyclists should stick to marked cycle lanes, cycling at a safe speed and ringing a bell to warn other users of your approach.

For more information on your access rights and responsibilities, please visit and observe our Parks Management Rules which can be found on white signs at most park entrances.

Now to the fun part.

Our Activity Ranger has been very busy in the park over the last month, SDC15658running several Ranger events and a couple of Volunteer Action Days.

Activity Ranger Kate kicked things off in style with ‘Trees A Crowd’ on a particularly wet and windy day in May, exploring some of Rouken Glen’s oldest and tallest residents. Participants enjoyed activities such as making bark rubbings, lichen moustaches, measuring the height of a Douglas Fir and making tree faces out of clay.




No newts made an appearance for ‘Newts Are Cute’ later in May, so we stuck to some good old pond dipping instead. We found tadpoles, water-boatmen, a water scorpion and lots of leeches!






The start of the Summer holidays saw some brave young Riverbeast Explorers take on the challenge of helping our Activity Ranger to survey the Auldhouse Burn, deep down in the Glen. This was closely followed the next day by an afternoon of bug hunting on our ‘Bugs ‘n’ Beasties’ event, where we discovered an array of fabulous creepy-crawlies!

Our 2013 Ranger Events Guide can be found at your local library, East Renfrewshire Council Buildings, and from our Pavilion once the refurbishment is completed.




Meadow Brown butterfly resting on Kate's finger

Meadow Brown butterfly resting on Kate’s finger





This week it was also Kate’s turn to carry out a Butterfly Transect Survey in the Upper Meadow area of the park. The sun was shining and there were plenty of butterflies and other bugs out enjoying the great weather. Kate spotted a grand total of 19 Ringlets, 5 Meadow Browns and something white which she thinks was a Green-Veined White. Our butterfly survey is being carried out by trained volunteers from April to October to monitor butterfly species and populations trends in the park and as part of a UK-wide monitoring programme.












  I think that’s all our updates for now. Oh and before I forget, check out our new HLF Park Improvement Poster:





New Ranger Blog July 16, 2013

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This blog is currently undergoing an overhaul. In future this blog will contain regular updates from the Ranger Service at Rouken Glen Park.

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