We now enter the final month of the Scottish Dragon Finder project but activities are still occurring thick and fast! We held our final volunteer day of the project at Riverside Nature Park, Dundee which had to be delayed due to snow previously in March. Volunteers helped plant up the ponds created last winter with native plants to create what should be a superb habitat for amphibians come next spring. Many thanks to Plants for Ponds (www.plantsforponds.co.uk) for donating some fabulous species for our volunteer day!
We are re-visiting the habitat sites worked on during Scottish Dragon Finder and this is now well underway with 15 sites visited across Scotland. Staff have been checking the pond’s conditions whilst sampling for aquatic invertebrates and amphibians. It has also been a great chance to get some final footage of the amazing ponds created and restored.
Our final Dragons in your Garden session was held at the start of May in North Ayrshire with the Three Town Growers Allotments and Community Garden. Attendees learnt about wildlife gardening for reptiles and amphibians through a talk and our model wildlife garden activity. The group were also in the stages of developing their own wildlife pond so an additional talk on pond creation and management was included, followed by a visit to the location of the pond. At this time attendees could make suggestions for the new pond using knowledge shared through the workshop and it is hoped a thriving wildlife pond will be established in the months to come.
Our final survey training session took place at Calderglen Country Park in South Lanarkshire in mid- May. Attendees learnt about the native amphibians and reptiles in Scotland before visiting ponds and learning survey techniques for amphibians. Those who attended can now use these skills in the future to help find and identify amphibians and reptiles – whilst submitting their sightings through the free Dragon Finder app can directly help Froglife’s work in the future.