23 July 2012

Another Great Leap for Amphibians in Glasgow!

Froglife has recently been awarded £74,000 of funding from Glasgow City Council’s Landfill Community Fund to continue our important work creating and restoring ponds across the city. This is excellent news for the city’s amphibian residents as it will allow us to continue the tremendous work of the Living Water Project, and turn 6 more green-space sites into havens for amphibians.

Froglife's Living Waters Project has been resoring and creating beautiful ponds across Glasgow and North Lanarkshire

The Living Water project previously created 20 new ponds and restored a further 27 across Glasgow. Project staff are now looking forward to getting stuck into the new sites, but as always will be looking for volunteers to lend a hand.

“This is another great step towards improving the city for amphibians and it has been brilliant to see people’s enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve," says James Stead, Living Water Field Worker.  "The new sites are a really nice mix of urban parks, allotments, and local nature reserves and will offer plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help with building and surveying new ponds. We hope that by inspiring others about the work we do and the species we work with, this will create a lasting enthusiasm to protect and sustain the habitats which amphibians and reptiles depend upon.”

Volunteering your time not only benefits habitats and species, but enriches a community and brings us closer together

The pond plans for the 6 new sites (Queens Park, Festival Park, Bellahouston Walled Garden, Mansewood Park Allotments, Bishops Loch and Hurlet Hill) involve not just pond creation, but also creating toad ramps from a formal boating pond, relining ponds on allotments, and creating winter hibernation sites.

So much of our work couldn’t be completed without the dedication of volunteers and we hope you will join us again to help make a difference!

- The volunteer sessions are a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, get fit and have fun!
- All upcoming events are advertised on Froglife’s website here
- If you want to find out a bit more, or register your interest, you can email Iain.Maclean@froglife.org or call 07772 318950
- You could also come and meet the Froglife team at the Mansewood Park Allotment open day on 12th August 12:00-16:00, where we will be running a ‘Pond Doctor’ session to answer people’s pond questions.  Get in touch with Iain to find out more

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