As part of the Tayside Ponds Project, we have three pond volunteer days and an amphibian-ladder making workshop programmed throughout September, October and November.
Ponds need regular management to keep on top of the growth of vegetation – most of them are gradually infilling with greater reedmace, soft rush and other fast-growing plants – so we need to prevent these encroaching on the areas of open water that amphibians use for breeding.
The amphibian-ladder making workshop will involve putting together ladders to go in gullypots, which can act as pitfall traps and end up drowning lots of wildlife.
The details are as follows:
- September 29th – Perfect Ponds Day at Craighall pond near Blairgowrie
- October 13th – Perfect Ponds Day at Elm Drive pond in Blairgowrie
- November 3rd – Amphibian ladder making workshop and gullypot survey training day, Murthly village hall (and local sites)
- November 18th – Perfect Ponds Day at Kinclaven Rd pond, Murthly
We will meet at 10am and finish by 3pm. Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and wear warm clothes, wellies and waterproofs if you have them. We will have some waterproofs available for borrowing.
Please contact me for more details and to let me know if would like to come along so I know how many tools to bring.
We will also be planting native wildflowers to improve the habitat for a variety of wildlife.
More info will be on the Tayside Amphibian and Reptile Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TaysideAmphibiansReptileGroup/