Holmhills Park ponds restored for wildlife
Nature gets a boost
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