Mixing material with bio-additives enables micro-organisms to feed on the residual hydrocarbons, and aeration allows the intake of oxygen to hasten biodegradation. The large numbers of mute swans (up to 100 at times) were dependent on being fed bread by the public as the pond supported almost no natural vegetation. A naturalised pond would also provide a site suitable for environmental education visits. 55 swans remained.
These were rounded up with the help of staff from Glasgow City Council and Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue centre along with volunteers, and transferred to Hogganfield Loch in the east of the City. This involved bringing in 3,500 tonnes of clean washed bottoming and 1,500 tones of subsoil. In all over 7,000 plants of over 20 species were planted, wildflower mixes were seeded on the islands and the edge of the pond above the water level. The pond had no suitable habitat for breeding birds and any young brought to the pond from elsewhere were quickly picked off by gulls as there was no cover.
In 2004, the first breeding season after the naturalization , several species of water bird bred – a pair of mute swan raised five young, numerous pairs of mallard raised 38 young to independence, two pairs of tufted duck raised 9 and 7 young, two pairs of moorhen raised a total of 5 young and a pair of coot a single young. Interpretation boards have been erected partly to encourage people visiting the pond to look at the wildlife and partly to discourage the over feeding with bread. Various groups of people have been involved in planting and seeding the areas accessible from the path. Learn More: Settlement Agents Fees Perth – Crowley Commercial
The project has fulfilled its objectives. An attractive place for local people and also visitors to Gartnavel Hospital and Jury’s Hotel has been created. The biodiversity of the site has been enhanced and in doing so the project meets several objectives and targets of Glasgow’s Local Biodiversity habitat and species Action Plans.