Dovestone’s nature watch

GREEN-FINGERED youngsters are helping boost Saddleworth’s wildlife after releasing 60 frogs into their hand-dug pond at one of the area’s most-loved reservoirs.

Oldham Youth Council teamed up with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and United Utilities to get hands-on with the conservation project at Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield. P4 Dovestones frog release

Around a dozen ‘Dovestone Rangers’ spent Sunday afternoons digging out a pond on the moorlands before releasing frogs into that and four others around the reservoir.

The ponds will offer a place for all sorts of invertebrate to live, as well as provide drinking and bathing water for birds and woodland animals.

Greg Cookson, from Oldham Youth Services and leading the project, said: “We were all really excited about releasing the frogs after so much hard work researching and digging and now the team can see what they have achieved.”

The on-going project will also help the team gain the Peak District Award and The John Muir Award and can contribute towards Duke of Edinburgh awards.

And the Dovestone Rangers plan to continue their work, with dam building, bat and bird boxes, planting trees and wildflower gardens already under discussion, as well as a fundraising event at Tesco’s in Greenfield.

For more information or to join the Dovestone Rangers or Oldham Youth Council, email Greg Cookson at greg.cookson@oldham.gov.uk or call: 0161 770 3115.

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