Ponds, Pools and Lochans

Appendix 1. Specialist advisors Organisation Contact Area of expertise


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Club Honorary Secretary
Prof. Garth N. Foster
3 Eglinton Terrace
Ayr KA7 1JJ, Scotland, UK
  Conservation of water beetles including surveys and site assessment.

Extensive database of Scottish site records.



British Herpetological Society Conservation Committee
28 Old Fort Road
Shoreham by Sea
BN43 5RJ
  The BHSCC promotes the conservation and welfare of amphibians and reptiles.
British Waterways
Canal House experience of lake and pond
1 Applecross Street
Glasgow G4 9SP
Tel: 0141 332 6936
Contact: Dr. Olivia Lassiere
  Specialist advisor Dr. Lassiere has extensive management in Scotland.
BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)
Head Office: BTCV
36 St Marys Street
OX10 0EU
Tel: 01491 839766
Fax: 01491 839646
Web site: www.btcv.org.uk
   BTCV and its affiliated groups undertake practical nature conservation work, including work on ponds and wetlands. In Scotland BTCV is represented by Scottish Conservation Projects (see below). BTCV produces Waterways and wetlands: a practical handbook by Elizabeth Agate and Alan Brooks (2nd Edition 1997) which is a comprehensive guide to many of the practical techniques of managing wetlands, including ponds.
British Dragonfly Society
Secretary of the Society:
Bill Wain, The Haywain
Hollywater Road, Bordon,
GU35 0AD.
  Provides information and advice on the conservation of dragonflies. Undertakes survey work throughout Scotland (and the rest of Britain) with special reference to rare and scarce species.

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Centre for Aquatic Plant Management (CAPM)
CAPM, Broadmoor Lane
Sonning, Reading
Berkshire, RG4 0TH
Tel: 0118 9690072
Fax 0118 944 1730
  Provides advice on techniques for managing aquatic plants, with special expertise in the use of barley straw to control algal growth.
CETCO Europe Ltd
Birch House
Scotts Quays, Birkenhead
Merseyside, L412 1FB
Tel: 0151 606 5206
Fax: 0151 638 5330.
  CETCO manufactures and supplies geosynthetic clay liners Claymax and Bentomat. The company is an alternative supplier to Rawmat.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Rosebery House,
9 Haymarket Terrace
Rosebery House
Edinburgh, EH12 5XZ
Tel: 0131 474 9200
Fax: 0131 4749292
Web site: www.cosla.gov.uk
  Local government in Scotland is represented collectively by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). Formed in 1975, COSLA exists to promote and protect the interests of councils in Scotland by providing a forum for discussion of matters of common concern. COSLA ascertains the views of member councils and communicates these to central government, other bodies and the public. All councils in Scotland are members of COSLA.

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Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)
FWAG Scotland,
The Rural Centre, Ingliston,
Midlothian EH28 8NZ
Tel: 0131 472 4080
Fax: 0131 472 4083
  The FWAG national centre is based at the National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RX Tel: 01203 696699.

FWAG works with farmers and landowners to promote nature conservation in the farm environment. Advisors provide confidential advice and guidance on a range of topics including: the protection, management and creation of wildlife and landscape features such as woodlands, ponds, watercourses and hedgerows, and various agri-environment and grant-aid schemes including ESAs.


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Fish Conservation Centre
Nether Sunnyside
East Lothian, EH41 4NR
Contact: Prof. Peter Maitland
  The Fish Conservation Centre was established to initiate and develop work related to fish conservation problems in Scotland and elsewhere in the world. The work is mainly done under contract but there are some voluntary activities. One of the primary objectives is to raise public awareness of the plight of many fish species and gain support for their conservation.
Freshwater Biological Association
(FBA), The Ferry House
Far Sawrey, Ambleside
Cumbria, LA22 0LP
Web site: www.fba.org.uk
  The FBA promotes scientific research on the freshwater ecosystems. It publishes a series of standard guides to the identification of aquatic invertebrates, fish and other freshwater organisms.
Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory
PH16 5LB
Tel: 01796 472060
Fax: 01796 473523
Web site: www.marlab.ac.uk
  The Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory is the only government research laboratory in Great Britain which is wholly devoted to freshwater fisheries. Together with its field stations at Almondbank, Deeside and Montrose, and a specialist unit in Aberdeen it is the leading scientific authority on Scottish freshwater fisheries.
Triton House
Bramfield, Halesworth
Suffolk, IP19 9AE
Tel: 01986 784518
Fax: 01986 784579
  Froglife is a non-profit making organisation which publishes information and promotes amphibian conservation projects, especially the Toads on Roads campaign. Froglife also co-ordinates the activities of the Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland. Froglife provides training on amphibian survey techniques.

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Glasgow City Council
37 High Street
Glasgow G1 1LX
Tel: 0141 287 5064
Fax: 0141 287 5151
Web site: www.glasgow.gov.uk
  Manages sites of nature conservation interest in the City of Glasgow, including a number of ponds and lakes. Practical advice and assistance is available.

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Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland

Contact details for the Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland contained in the Herpetofuana Workers Guide 2000 (Gibb and Foster, 2000).

  HGBI is a consortium of local are Herpetofauna Groups which undertakes practical conservation work to protect amphibians and reptiles.
Herpetological Conservation Trust
655A Christchurch Road
Dorset, BH1 4AP
Tel: 01202 391319.
  The Herpetological Conservation Trust aims to advance the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the UK and Europe. HCT manages sites of importance for reptiles and amphibians, especially lowland heathland, with special emphasis of rare species such as the natterjack toad.
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: 0131 668 8600
  Historic Scotland safeguards Scotlands built heritage by scheduling monuments of national importance and by listing historic buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

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Institute of Freshwater Ecology
Windermere Laboratory
The Ferry House
Far Sawrey,
Cumbria, LA22 0LP
Tel: 015394 42468
Fax: 015394 46914
Web site: www.ife.ac.uk .
  The Institute of Freshwater Ecology undertakes research on the ecology of freshwater ecosystems.

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Monkstone House,
City Road
Peterborough, PE1 1JY
Telephone: 01733-562626
Fax: 01733-555948
Web site: www.jncc.gov.uk
  JNCC is the Governments wildlife adviser undertaking national and international conservation work on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage, English Nature and the Countryside Council for Wales. JNCC provides information about Biodiversity Action Plan species and habitats.

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Local authority archaeologists

Local authority archaeologists provide information and advice on all aspects of archaeology. Contact details are given for all regions in Scotland (based on information given in the Historic Scotland leaflet on Archaeology on the Farm):

Aberdeenshire, Moray: Aberdeenshire Angus Archaeology Service 01244 664723

Aberdeen City: 01224 646333

Argyl & Bute, City of Glasgow, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire: West of Scotland Archaeology Service 0141 287 8332/3.

Borders: Scottish Borders Archaeology Service 01835 824000

Clackmannan, Stirling: 01786 442752

Dumfries and Galloway: 01387 260154

Edinburgh, East Lothian: 0131 5581040

Fife: Fife Archaeology Service 01592 416153

Falkirk: 01324 503783

Highland: Highland Archaeology Service 01463 702250

Orkney: 01856 850285

Perth & Kinross: 01738 632488

Shetland: 01595 694688

Western Isles: 01851 703564

Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Midlothian, West Lothian: 0131 662 1456.


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Pond Action
(Now Renamed: Ponds Conservation Trust: Policy & Research)
c/o Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane,
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 01865 483249
Fax: 01865 483282
Web: www.pondstrust.org.uk
  Pond Action is a national centre for information and advice on pond conservation. Pond Action initiated and runs the National Pond Survey and in 1999 established the National Ponds Database. Pond Action provides information on pond management, design and construction.
Ponds Conservation Trust
c/o Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane, Headington
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 01865 483199
Fax: 01865 483282.
  The Ponds Conservation Trust promotes the conservation of ponds by working with local community groups to carry out practical pond conservation projects. The Trust is made up of a consortium of 22 environmental archaeological and community organisations.

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Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Slateford House, Lanark Road
Edinburgh EH14 1TL
Occupational enquiries: 0131 444 1155
Home & Road enquiries: 0131 455 7457
Fax: 0131 443 9442.
Web: www.rospa.org.uk
  RoSPA is a registered charity which was established over 80 years ago. Providing information, advice, resources and training, RoSPA is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life - at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on (or near) water.


RSPB Scotland Headquarters
Dunedin House, 25 Ravelston
Edinburgh EH4 3TP
Tel: 0131 311 6500
Fax: 0131 311 6569
Web: www.rspb.org.uk
  The RSPBs objectives include: Terrace conserving the most endangered bird species and their habitats, safeguarding Scotlands most important sites for birds through nature reserves and other mechanisms, providing a range of information and fundraising materials to support this work, campaigning to inform members and the public about conservation and the countryside.

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Scottish Agricultural College
SAC Edinburgh SAC
West Mains Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3JG
Tel: 0131 535 4000
Fax: 0131 535 4246
Web: www.sac.ac.uk
  The Scottish Agricultural College provides advice to farmers and landowners on land management issues including various aspects of nature conservation. (e.g. ESA schemes, Countryside Premium Scheme).
Scottish Conservation Projects
Balallan House, 24 Allan Park
Stirling, FK8 2QG.
Tel: 01786 79697.


  Scottish Conservation Projects organises practical conservation activities, including pond conservation work. SCP is the only body in Scotland established specifically to promote the involvement of people in practical nature conservation work.
Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department (SERAD)
Fisheries Group, Pentland House
17 Robbs Lane
Edinburgh, EH14 1TY
  SERAD Fisheries Group administers Scottish Affairs Division (Fisheries Group) fishery legislation, particularly with regard to migratory fisheries.


Scottish Natural Heritage
Headquarters: 12 Hope Terrace
Edinburgh EH9 2AS
Tel: 0131 447 4784
Fax: 0131 446 2277
Web: www.snh.org.uk .


  SNH aims to help people enjoy Scotlands natural heritage responsibly, understand it more fully and use it wisely so that it can be sustained for future generations. SNH provides technical advice about the management of freshwater ecosystems including ponds. SNH also holds a national database of botanical survey data on lochs (including many smaller lochans) throughout Scotland).
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Cramond House
Cramond Glebe Road
Tel: 0131 312 7765
Fax: 0131 312 8705.
  The Scottish Wildlife Trusts is Scotlands leading voluntary body promoting wildlife conservation. The Trust manages over 100 nature reserves including a number of sites with ponds. The Trust can provide advice on various aspects of pond conservation, management and construction.


Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

SEPA Head Office
Erskine Court
Castle Business Park
Stirling, FK9 4TR
Tel: 01786 457700
Fax: 01786 446885.
Web: www.sepa.org.uk

SEPA East Region Headquarters
Clearwater House
Heriot Watt Research Park
Avenue North,
Edinburgh, EH14 4AP.
Tel: 0131 449 7296
Fax: 0131 449 7277

SEPA North Region Headquarters
Graesser House, Fodderty Way
Dingwall Business Park
Dingwall, IV15 9XB
Tel: 01349 862021
Fax: 01349 863987.

SEPA West Region Headquarters
SEPA West, 5 Redwood Crescent
Peel Park
East Kilbride, G74 5PP
Tel: 01355 574200
Fax: 01355 574688

  SEPAs task is to protect the land, the air and the water of Scotland. It does this in partnership with others and in a way which enables Scotland to sustain a strong and diverse economy. SEPA initiated the Habitat Enhancement Initiative of which the Ponds Handbook is a part.

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WWF Scotland
8 The Square
Perthshire PH15 2DD.
  WWF Scotland works to protect the wildlife and landscapes of Scotland.


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