Glasgow Airport initiates ecosystem restoration projects

The hub is set to provide funding for two developments to improve public access and restore natural habitats

Two ecosystem restoration projects have begun at Glasgow Airport, which plans to improve public access to nature reserves surrounding the hub.

One of the projects is based on Paisley Moss nature reserve which runs alongside the cycle and walking paths next to the airport’s fence. This area is the home to many animals and plants, consisting of ponds, reeds and sedge beds.

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Along this nature trail, there is a wooden boardwalk that is damaged and therefore not safe to walk on. The airport plans to invest £3,000 to get this repaired so that visitors are able to gain access to the reserve.

Kirsty Webster, Glasgow Airport’s sustainability manager, believes the hub is in a “unique and privileged position” to be able to host a number of natural habitats.

She added: “It has often been said that biodiversity and aviation cannot go hand in hand, however, this isn’t the case. While we need to make sure we maintain our land to ensure aircraft safety, insect attracting plants and wildflowers are a great way of being able to restore and protect our local ecosystems while managing flight operations responsibly.”

The second initiative – located down Greenock Road near the Scottish hub – focusses on the need to clear up and restore the natural habitat in the surrounding area, which has been used as a site to dump rubbish.

Glasgow Airport is set to contribute £10,000 to restore the damaged areas, which includes clearing out the waste materials, constructing beetle banks and improving soil quality.