A family volunteering session was held in Doune Ponds on Saturday afternoon on just about the first dry day in Doune in what seems like weeks. The main task was to remove excess vegetation from the Froglife Dipping Pond and move it to the adjacent “wetland” area. The idea is to prevent the pond from becoming overrun with vegetation and eventually silting up.

Rory McLeod, Doune Estate Manager, drew the short straw and donned waders to uproot the vegetation, which was replanted by the other volunteers who came out. The voluntary effort is very much appreciated by Moray Estates. Doune Ponds is a voluntary management agreement between the Estate as site owner and the community who manage the woodland for access, amenity and wildlife.