The Fife Living Waters project is a one-year project running throughout 2022, funded by the Scottish Power Foundation.
Fife Living Waters is working at two key sites in Cowdenbeath, Cowdenbeath Wetland and Lumphinnans Pond (aka Swan Pond), with the aim of conserving and enhancing these areas to benefit wildlife and encourage local residents to enjoy the local nature and biodiversity found near them.
Cowdenbeath Wetland is, due to late succession, no longer functioning as a wetland, with the freshwater bodies heavily vegetated preventing them from holding water. In contrast, Swan Pond is a large, open body of water which is lacking biodiversity. Therefore, the restoration of Cowdenbeath Wetland and the creation of new freshwater ponds at Swan Pond will increase the biodiversity in the area, provide new and improved habitats for the local wildlife, and encourage the local community to develop connections with their public green spaces.
The project enables all sectors of the community to develop connections with the natural heritage of Cowdenbeath through the activities we are delivering and have planned. These include volunteer sessions, training courses, school sessions, business team building days, community engagement activities, and events. See more about our different sessions below.
Living in the area and want to get involved? Contact Mirran Trimble for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07498 397382
There will be lots of opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the practical habitat works, providing volunteers with expertise in year-round habitat management whilst also providing opportunities to assist with the restoration works, such as scrub clearance, woodland management, habitat monitoring and species surveying. There will also be the opportunity for volunteers to attend Froglife bespoke courses. Free teas, coffees and biscuits will also be available at our Volunteer Training Sessions!
Habitat Creation & Restoration
The Fife Living Waters project will focus on habitat creation and restoration works within two sites in Cowdenbeath, Cowdenbeath Wetland and Lumphinnans Pond, for the benefit of amphibians, reptiles and a wealth of other wildlife. As the project is solely focused on these two sites, it allows these habitats to be fully enhanced and conserved for the local biodiversity. It will also help create connectivity with other green spaces, allowing wildlife to move between green corridors and counter-act the effects of habitat fragmentation.
Local schools in Cowdenbeath will be offered in-school sessions run by the Fife Living Waters team, where pupils will learn all about Scotland’s native amphibians and reptiles, their lifecycles, and the threats they face today. There will also be the opportunity to take part in amphibian and reptile arts and crafts activities and the chance to play wildlife games in the school grounds or at one of the two habitat sites.
Fife Living Waters is also giving the opportunity for 5 local businesses to attend a Business Team Building Day on one of the two habitat sites, where they will learn all about our native amphibian and reptile species. The day will be partly focused on Habitat Management, where employees will be able to get stuck into some wildlife friendly enhancements in the area, such as hibernacula creation, pond creation, sapling removal and footpath renovation. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a pond dip, wildlife bingo, a bird walk and some outdoor cooking. Free teas, coffees and biscuits will be available!
Do you think your business would be interested in one of these Business Team Building Days? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07498 397382
The Fife Living Waters project will also deliver 6 Community Engagement sessions. These will include wildlife gardening workshops, craft activities, and more.
Are part of a community group based in Cowdenbeath? Would you like a free Froglife workshop? Don’t hesitate to get in touch to book a workshop or find out more about what is available! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07498 397382
Fife Living Waters will deliver a large event on one of the habitat sites with a range of activities for members of the public, volunteers and fellow Froglifers. There will be the opportunity to take part in our virtual reality exhibition which gives people the chance to experience the dangers of road crossings through the eyes of a toad and find out more about wildlife tunnels. Our Pond Doctor stall will also be there to advise on pond creation and management with staff on hand to answer specific questions anyone may have about ponds. Pond Dipping and Reptile Rummaging activities will also be running so the public can find out what is in their local ponds and to see if there are any reptiles nearby! Arts and crafts will also be available for children … and adults too of course!
Keep an eye out on our events page for the date and time of the event!
If you would like to learn more about Fife Living Waters please contact Mirran. Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07498 397382
Fife Living Waters is made possible with the Scottish Power Foundation. Thanks to the Scottish Power Foundation, we are able to deliver habitat works and public engagement activities at our two habitat sites at Cowdenbeath in Scotland in order to conserve and enhance the unique heritage of the area.