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Wildlife Gardens and Biodiversity

Water Gems has a particular affinity with wildlife garden and biodiversity projects. Many of our staff are environmentalists and we have carried out numerous habitat creation projects over the last 20 years or so.


  • The conversion of relatively sterile gardens dominated by hard standing and artificial turf into wildlife havens using ponds, woodpiles, stone and wildflower.

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We transformed this garden in Haddington at the start of 2021 using local stone to create walls for planting beds and a bench, building ponds, a bug hotel, timber bridge and deadwood path edging. The client has done an excellent job of filling all of the planting beds with lots of colour and texture, which the local wildlife and insects love.



  • The creation of hundreds of small informal garden pools all over Scotland. These types of pools have become very important refuges for frogs and newts in particular as our countryside ponds are degraded or filled in.


  • The design and build of big pond and wetland projects.
  • We have been involved in the naturalisation of a large number of public ponds and lochs both for councils and charities like Froglife and built boardwalk and wetland projects all over the central belt.
  • We use native wetland plants to improve water quality and create habitat. Our most recent example is the design and creation of a wetland at the Glasgow Science Centre for the 2021 COP conference.
Wetland at Beveridge Park Fife by Water Gems complete, wildflowers in bloom and area open to the public
Kay Park Boardwalk 2018
Glasgow Science Centre - COP 2021
Glasgow Science Centre - COP 2021
Glasgow Science Centre - COP 2021
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