Vil­lage wildlife flour­ishes

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Fungi and wildlife are flour­ish­ing at a site in Bish­op­ton.

BAE Sys­tems is re­de­vel­op­ing Dar­garvel Vil­lage, which is the lo­ca­tion of the former Royal Ord­nance fac­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to its re­cent news­let­ter the com­pany says it is proud of the va­ri­ety of wildlife, trees and plants it has in Bish­op­ton.

It adds that its ea­gle-eyed ecol­o­gists are al­ways on the look­out for new or rare species ap­pear­ing on site.

And re­cently two rare species of fungi were dis­cov­ered.

The wi l l ow blis­ter, a can­di­date for the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture ( IUCN) Global Fun­gal Red List on ac­count of its rar­ity world­wide, was spot­ted ear­lier this year, the news­let­ter said.

This at­trac­tive fun­gus has been seen fewer than 100 times since its dis­cov­ery in 1801, but since be­ing spot­ted at Bish­op­ton, other sight­ings have been recorded in Orkney and around the Clyde area.

BAE Sys­tems ecol­o­gists have also spied the Go­dro­nia fulig­i­nosa – a minia­ture cup fun­gus.

They say this is its first sight­ing in Scot­land and the last recorded in the UK was in the 1950s.

Fungi can be found in abun­dance around the de­vel­op­ment, and a sec­ond flush of ‘chicken of the woods’ – a fun­gus com­mon in north­ern Europe – that is easily iden­ti­fi­able by its bright colour has been spot­ted.

BAE Sys­tems ecol­o­gists have also seen the tree bum­ble­bee on site for the first time.

This was first recorded in Scot­land in 2013, but is com­mon across north­ern Europe and Asia, but had not been seen at Dar­gavel Vil­lage un­til this sum­mer.

The com­pany was re­cently awarded the Cer­tifi­cate of Per­for­mance Be­yond Com­pli­ance by the Con­sid­er­ate Con­struc­tors Scheme (CCS) for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

On a re­cent visit by the scheme’s au­di­tors, it awarded an ‘ex­cel­lent’ score in four of the five categories, and was rated ‘ex­cep­tional’ in the ‘ Pro­tect­ing the En­vi­ron­ment’ cat­e­gory.

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