“This reserve is one of the sites chosen for pond creation as part of Froglife’s ‘Living Waters North Lanarkshire’ project,” explains Faith. Her work involved completing a survey of residents to gauge their opinions of the reserve, how they use it, how often and what they would like to see happen there in the future. “The results of the survey were positive and indicated the high level of interest of people in their local green space. In order to share the delights of this special place, a series of events were held for local people."
The first was a mini-bioblitz, which consisted of pond dipping, a bug hunt and a plant walk. The next event was a green gym taster day held with TCV. Despite the torrential rain, two people came along to help dig a pond. The Woodland Craft event was held with the North Lanarkshire Council rangers, and people came to make wooden dragonflies and have a go on the wood lathe.
As a result of these events, a community meeting was held to discuss how the community could come together to raise the profile of the reserve. This is to be done through Citizen Science – involving local people in recording the wildlife they see around them. This will include birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, plants and more.
|Faith with Alyson from The Conservation Volunteers digging a pond|
Faith is off to pastures new following the end of her apprenticeship, best of luck from all the Froglife team, and thanks for your hard work!
- You can find out moreabout Ravenswood here
- Information about TCV’s apprenticeship scheme is availableon their website here
- You can find out more about Froglife’s Living Water’sprogramme here