Work started this week to clear out the pond in Scone Park. Over the last couple of years, the vegetation has grown and joined the island to the land. Vegetation is being removed from the pond to reinstate the island that makes it safer for the ducks and swans during nesting time. It will also create more surface area of water that will benefit the swans and ducks that make call it home. Work should be completed by early next week. Watch this space for updates….
Litter is also being removed and so far 6 footballs have been collected and couting!
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.
Eighteen students from Edinburgh University (the Dirty Weekenders) recently helped us tidy up the Loon Braes pond and surrounding area in Rattray, Blairgowrie. The group of keen volunteer’s ventured into the pond with waders and protective gauntlets to clear invasive weed and litter. The team also chopped up Trees on the island felled by Beavers and with the help of BRAN cleared some of the footpaths around the pond. (see slideshow below for more photos from the day)
The group visited the area for the weekend, staying near by in Cally Hall and working on both Saturday and Sunday. We would like to thank the community for all the support offered and the Loon Braes Parknership for providing lunch on both days.
The pond is looking much cleaner and weed free as a result of the handwork by the Dirty Weekenders.