White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

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The White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde, is an important wildlife corridor for many plants and animals, including otters, foxes, dippers, goosander and kingfishers along its length and salmon which are found downstream of Pollok weir. The rich vegetation covering the banks of the river provides cover and habitat for many species of bird and mammal. The river provides a refuge from predators and food for the different species which use it. The nature of the habitat provides a natural corridor through the urban landscape along which wild animals can travel largely unseen by the human population living and working so close nearby.

The White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme is a project which aims to provide relief and protection to homes and businesses from the frequent flood events that have in the past caused economic loss and misery. Although by necessity involving disruption to life on the river, the scheme has always incorporated plans to protect the natural habitat and wildlife of the river.

Prior to any works being carried out at any location detailed ecological surveys are carried out to determine the presence of flora and fauna and in particular any protected species such as bats, birds and badgers. Whilst we are unable to publish the findings of these surveys due to their very sensitive nature, where protected species are identified we have or will obtain the necessary licences to allow works to progress. We currently hold a licence issued by the Scottish Government in relation to otters and have applied for a similar licence due to the recent identification of badgers close to an area of proposed works.

Invasive non native species (e.g. Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalyan Balsam) are prevalent along the White Cart Water and its tributaries. A specialist contractor has been employed to treat areas of invasive species and to supervise their removal to an appropriate disposal location. Every effort is being made by the team to manage the construction works to ensure these invasive species are not spread to areas currently free from their presence.

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