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Thanks to everybody who has taken part in the most recent phase of the Ponds for Puddocks/ Tayside Ponds project and helped to make six ponds across Perth and Kinross far better places for wildlife. We were lucky enough to work with primary, secondary and university students, TayARG volunteers, Biodiversity Blair volunteers and many others.

Volunteers working in pond

We worked on the Elm Drive SuDS in Blairgowrie, the new Westpark development ponds in Blairgowrie, the North Inch pond in Perth, the SuDS ponds in Murthly, a SuDS pond in a new housing development in Huntingtower and a SuDS pond in Abernethy. They are now much better places for wildlife, especially puddocks! We even had three generations of the same family working on the Murthly pond. Wildlife that we spotted along the way included Leeches, Mallard ducks, Toads, Frogs, Palmate newts, Little grebe, Moorhens and a Little egret (which was especially exciting – we spotted it on the North Inch on two occasions!)

Most of the work involved clearing away vegetation that was taking over the pond Рusually Bulrush/ Greater reedmace/ Typha latofolia to create areas of open water, as well as planting hundreds of native wetland wildflower plugs for pollinators. These were grown in our own Celtica Wildflowers nursery.

Wetland wildflower plug grown by Celtica Wildflowers

This project was a partnership between the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, Perth and Kinross Council, Tayside Amphibian & Reptile Group, British Dragonfly Society and managed by us, Perthshire Wildlife. Thanks to PKC and ScotGov for the Nature Restoration Funding to ensure better habitats and connectivity for our wonderful wildlife, along with volunteering opportunities that were great fun and frequently very wet and muddy!