Holmhills Park ponds re­stored for wildlife

Na­ture gets a boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Large dig­gers have moved into Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park as its ponds are made bet­ter habi­tats for wildlife.

The work at the Cam­bus­lang Park is part of a project by char­ity Froglife, which aims to re­store ponds for the breed­ing of am­phib­ians, birds and other an­i­mals.

Liv­ing Wa­ters in­volves dig­ging out most of the main pond to re­store its open wa­ter and creat­ing pond edges on all the ponds to make them more con­ducive for breed­ing toads, which are in de­cline across the UK.

Hi­lary Pa­ton, of Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park, said: “We are very ex­cited that the char­ity Froglife in con­junc­tion with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have cho­sen our three ponds to be re­stored as part of their Liv­ing Wa­ters Project. The ponds have grad­u­ally be­come choked up and over­grown with veg­e­ta­tion and weeds, re­duc­ing the amount of open wa­ter avail­able to breed­ing an­i­mals, birds and am­phib­ians.

“The project work will in­volve clear­ing out the ponds and whilst look­ing bare and empty for a while, this will ben­e­fit wildlife in the ponds in the long term.”

Froglife’s Liv­ing Wa­ter project is creat­ing and restor­ing prime wildlife habi­tats in ur­ban gar­dens and parks, us­ing net­works of lo­cal vol­un­teers that fo­cus on re­ju­ve­nat­ing cities’ dis­ap­pear­ing ponds.

Launched in South La­nark­shire this year, the project is sup­port­ing seven sites across the county and creat­ing two new ponds.

The project starts weeks af­ter South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in­stalled modern LED light­ing at the park.

Pond life Wildlife will be able to flour­ish in Holmhills Park

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