Wisp Park Biodiversity Improvements

Wisp Park Biodiversity Improvements

Deliver biodiversity improvements for a new park at the Wisp in Midlothian helping to create green corridors between the city to the surrounding countryside.

A new park will create extensive greenspace which is (14.82 ha) peri-urban greenspace with a diverse range of habitats of grassland, scrub, woodland, individual tress and hedges. It will provide an oasis for wildlife in the area around The Wisp which borders City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian.

This project will establish new green infrastructure that provides a new corridor for wildlife restoring degraded habitat and reducing fragmentation by:

  1. Enhancing quality of existing habitats – improving the species and structural diversity of the remnant hedges and planting of tree standards.
  2. Reinstating degraded habitats – establishing a higher species-richness using the a local seed mix in the grassland.
  3. Creating a network of new targeted high value habitats – deploying square metre planters for butterflies and bee banks with volunteers from local businesses, youth organisations and community groups.

The project will help improve habitats by incorporating nature-based solutions that help mitigate against climate change and the impacts of climate change: It will do this by:

  • Re-establishing new, nature-rich habitats which include the expansion of existing habitat
  • Increase connectivity.
  • Change new habitat management for nature.
  • Address previous, historical physical modifications from the mining industry

The project would enhance habitat linkages which increases connectivity at landscape/urban scale. It would also help the strategic habitat creation which will enhance green networks in semi-urban areas from Edinburgh to the surrounding countryside

This work will be supported by activities to promote enjoyment and appreciation of the unique wildlife in the area. Taken together the above actions will reduce the loss and degradation of natural habitats in critical urban ecosystem. Securing the future of the surrounding greenspace will help halt the decline in biodiverse urban greenspaces. It will also offer a legacy of substantial and transformational change through working with the local communities.

 

 

 

Funded by: NatureScot, Shawfair LLP

Outputs:

  • Making more space for native flower rich habitats and grassland through the creation of a 67,981m2 wildflower meadow
  • Extended 460m of hedging and field margins with 23 native trees. Planting 48 individual standard trees
  • Create 2 x 25m patches of scrub to provide a habitat for thicket nesting birds.
  • Planting 10,000 native bulb planting by volunteers
  • Creation of 2 (2m) bee bank area by volunteers.
  • Install 15 Square Metre Butterfly planters with local volunteers.

 

Outcomes:

  • Halt the decline of pollinators and increase habitats for mammals and birds.
  • Supporting changes in management to favour diversity of species and habitat structure at a landscape level.
  • Adopt nature-based approaches to managing key ecosystems.
  • Enhance, native woods, wildflower meadows, green infrastructure, verges and green corridors in urban areas to provide a range of benefits for biodiversity.
  • Provide an enhanced green network that provide functional and visible links through and between town and country, allowing nature to move easily between the two.
  • Help neighbourhoods adapt to climate change.
  • Invest in green skills for people from deprived communities.
  • Help tackle the blight of vacant and derelict land.