Countesswells has joined with North-east Scotland Biodiversity Partnership (NESBP) to collaborate on several projects that will aim to protect and increase wildlife at Aberdeen’s newest community.
Countesswells is the first development of its kind to sign up to such an initiative to promote biodiversity across the 400-acre site.
Initial plans include regular ‘BioBlitz’ events, with the community participating in recording wildlife over a fixed period, and camera trapping with young people to film the wildlife and learn about their movements and habitats.
One of four pilot partnerships set up by the Scottish Government to promote and protect biodiversity, NESBP has a proven record of delivering positive, novel and collaborative initiatives across the region which help the Government meet its international obligations on biodiversity for the good of nature, communities and the economy.
Ewen Cameron, chairman of the North-east Biodiversity Partnership’s Awareness & Involvement Group said: “We were struck by the fact that open green space and woodland were an integral part of Countesswells from day one with a focus on actively encouraging wildlife. NESBP is not involved in the development planning process but we were impressed that CDL wanted to do environmental work that went above and beyond that required by planning conditions and obligations.
“Our role will be to work with the growing community at Countesswells to help them understand the wildlife they share space with and how they can care for and nurture that wildlife. This is the first time we have entered into such a collaboration with a developer at this scale and we are grateful to Countesswells and Stewart Milne Group for their forward-thinking in this regard.”
Allan McGregor, project director for Countesswells added: “Countesswells will continue to channel resources into creating a haven for new and existing plants and wildlife. The new green spaces, waterways and parklands at Countesswells, which replaced the low grade agricultural land, have now joined Hazlehead Wood with Countesswells Woods to create a sprawling natural green landscape. Within this, we’ve been able to provide a natural forage route for amphibians, birds and insects. In addition, landscaping in the wider area includes vegetation species, which are attractive to badgers, such as crab apple, elder, gean, guelder rose, hawthorn, holly, dog rose and rowan.”
“With people also making their home at Countesswells, we’re keen through this collaboration with the North-east Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, to demonstrate that living amongst and interacting with nature promotes a sense of wellbeing and is vital part of all modern communities.”