Scottish Housing Regulator digs deep for biodiversity

Mugdock Country ParkA group of staff from the Scottish Housing Regulator ‎spent a day this week helping to increase biodiversity in Mugdock Country Park‎.

The group of ten dug out new ponds, and cut and moved rhododendron trees in the park.

Ross Williamson, regulation manager, organised the volunteering day.

He said “It was really rewarding and we’ve helped in a small way to increase biodiversity at Mugdock‎. We all learned a bit more too about the habitat all around us and how we can make a small difference. And we’ll be able to come back next year to see wildlife in the ponds we dug.

“As a public body we have a duty to further the conservation of biodiversity. Our day job doesn’t have an obvious biodiveristy link, so this was a great way to get involved. I’d encourage everyone to think about carrying out a local volunteering initiative and raise awareness.”

Maggie Ferguson, countryside ranger at Mugdock Country Park, added: “Digging ponds is good fun and great exercise, many thanks to Ross and the group for enthusiastically adding to the network of clean water ponds in Mugdock Country Park. Excavating new ponds and helping to reverse a century of pond loss is important for biodiversity as, when at their best, ponds can be the most species rich habitats in the UK.

“These new ponds will ensure there are homes and breeding sites for dragonflies, damselflies, water beetles, frogs, toads, newts, water snails, pond skaters and beautiful pond plants, as well as providing a drinking place for birds and mammals.”

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