A group of staff from the Scottish Housing Regulator spent a day this week helping to increase biodiversity in Mugdock Country Park. The group of ten dug out new ponds, and cut and moved rhododendron trees in the park.
Ross Williamson, Regulation Manager, organised the volunteering day. He said "It was really rewarding and we've helped in a small way to increase biodiversity at Mugdock. We all learned a bit more too about the habitat all around us and how we can make a small difference. And we'll be able to come back next year to see wildlife in the ponds we dug.
"As a public body we have a duty to further the conservation of biodiversity. Our day job doesn't have an obvious biodiveristy link, so this was a great way to get involved. I'd encourage everyone to think about carrying out a local volunteering initiative and raise awareness".
Maggie Ferguson, countryside ranger at Mugdock Country Park, added: “Digging ponds is good fun and great exercise, many thanks to Ross and the group for enthusiastically adding to the network of clean water ponds in Mugdock Country Park. Excavating new ponds and helping to reverse a century of pond loss is important for biodiversity as, when at their best, ponds can be the most species rich habitats in the UK. These new ponds will ensure there are homes and breeding sites for dragonflies, damselflies, water beetles, frogs, toads, newts, water snails, pond skaters and beautiful pond plants, as well as providing a drinking place for birds and mammals.”
1. The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012. The Regulator consists of the Chair and seven Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
2. SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.
3. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
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