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Overgrazed pond undergoes revamp

Blackford Pond
Blackford Pond is part of Blackford Hill nature reserve

A popular Edinburgh pond where grazing water birds and people eroded its banks has had a new lease of life following a refurbishment of almost £13,000.

Blackford Pond, part of Blackford Hill nature reserve, is home to ducks, moorhens and other water birds.

Sections of the bank have now been repaired with barriers of elm cuttings anchored by larch posts.

New bays have been filled in with a variety of native water plants such as yellow flag Iris, water mint and sedge.

Rob Elton, of the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill, said: "Elm and larch were the preferred materials for the bank barriers because of their exceptional resistance to rotting under water.

"We hope that these barriers will provide a long-term solution to the erosion problems.

"The hardy water plants will form a solid complex of roots behind the barriers.

"Gradually, as more organic matter is washed over the barriers from the main pond there will be a thicker bank to withstand the damaging effects of grazing by ducks and swans."

Scottish Natural Heritage gave £7,805 towards this project and the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership gave £5,000.

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