Today’s session, with 5 volunteers – including our regular angling club and community council members as well as a freshwater science PHD student and first time RiverLife volunteer – was based around the Bathgate lagoons.  This series of ponds is a fantastic wetland area, supporting a wide variety of plants and animals.

Our work today had two prongs: improving access and creating habitat.  Clearing paths, we produced hawthorn and birch brash which we used next to a pond to create three habitat piles.  The piles were constructed of layered brash and stone topped with soil and turf. These piles will provide cover for toads and frogs as well as food for insects.

Our next Bathgate session will be on 18th July.  See you then.