Group discover life in their pond
Survey finds several species in pond
The pond in Holmhills Park was given the seal of approval during an Open Air Laboratory ( OPAL) workshop.
The event , organised by Cambuslang Community Council’s sub group Friends of Holmhills Wood Community Park and was led by SLC Countryside Rangers Kerry Thomson and Louisa Maddison.
Open Air Laboratory surveys are encouraged and led by the Imperial College in London who are funded by the Big Lottery project.
SLC Countryside Ranger Service helps to promote this by offering free OPAL training to local community groups.
The Friends of Holmhills Wood put their science hats on and completed the ‘How healthy is our pond?’ survey. This included three activities which was a clear water check, the pH of the water and a health check of the pond.
The survey score revealed the pond to be ‘quite healthy’.
The group found several water species in the pond. They found newts, damselfly nymphs, water boatmen and water louse, to name just a few.
Once the scientific research was completed it was recorded onto the OPAL website by the Friend of Holmhills Wood group member Andy Wilson, and is now part of the OPAL national records. The pond health results are now on the national scientific data map.
Group member, Michelle Farmer, was amazed by all the species found in the pond with just one net dip
She said: “This is a fantastic learning experience for local children and adults to dip into.”
SLC Countryside Ranger Louisa Maddison was delighted to take part in the survey: “Citizen Science projects such as those by OPAL are a great way to get all people involved with contributing to science knowledge across Scotland.
“The surveys are fun and easy to do.”
It’s an exciting time for the Friends group who have also announced Holmhills Wood CP are due to be refurbished soon as part of the national Living Waters project, with the estimated completion date around Easter 2016.
Fu n d i n g for the pond refurbishment has been secured by registered charity and conservation organisation FrogLife.
The Holmhills Wood ducks, ducklings, deer, frogs and other local inhabitants will enjoy having a newly cleared pond to move around in.
In addition to the pond survey, other local community and Friend of Holmhills Wood CP group member, Julian Morris recently completed a tree survey in the park and other group member, Alison Park, is currently compiling a phase one scientific survey also.
Watch out for future Holmhills Wood Community Park events on the Cambuslang Community Council Website.
Water lot of fun Kerry Thomson and Karen Smith check out what they’ve found Up close Andy Wilson makes sure he gets a good look at what he’s found Wildlife Woods
Net gain (from left) Kerry Thomson, Andy Wilson, Michelle Farmer, Alison Park, Karen Smith and Louisa Maddison
This little fella was found at Holmhills