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Scotland

Alyth Community Woodland

Alyth Community Woodland, Alyth, Perth and Kinross

Start Date: January 2014

Volunteer Opportunities: Surveying / site maintenance

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Pond establishing in July

Alyth Community Woodland is located in Perth and Kinross and consists of young Ash and Oak woodland along with marsh and grassland areas.  It is owned by the Forestry Commission Scotland and managed by the Alyth Hill Users Group (AHUG).

The site contains picnic tables, walking paths and an orchard but it was decided a pond would be an excellent addition to the area for breeding amphibians and to educate the many locals and schools groups who visit the area. The plan was to create a year round aquatic habitat that would improve the botanical diversity of the site and provide a link between other ponds in the area for amphibians.

Froglife began meetings and work on the new pond in January 2014 and the pond was excavated at the end of February.  The plans for the pond were for it to be installed near to a clean water ditch nearby, thus allowing the pond to be fed by an in-flow and excess water to run out of an out-flow.  This out-flow connects to existing drainage on site.

Due to the presence of a water source coming through the inflow, the new pond was filled overnight!  Froglife recently held a volunteer day with AHUG and the Alyth Youth Partnership to plant the pond and marginal areas with a rich, bio-diverse selection of native aquatic and marginal plants to make the pond more suitable for amphibians and much more aesthetic for local’s visiting the pond.

 

The origins of a new pond!

The origins of a new pond!

The pond area before excavation

The pond area before excavation

 

 

               

   

 

         

 

 

 

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Local volunteers helping to plant up the new pond

 

The recently created pond in February

The recently created pond in February