Pillwort Assessment

Monday, July 23rd 2018

Anne Heathcote from the Freshwater Habitats Trust led today's Pillwort survey, and after a disappointing start surveying a couple of ponds on the Military Training Estate we had a lot more success in a couple of the Wetland ponds on the Reserve.

After the initial assessment we soon realised that the Pillwort was actually spreading in the ponds in which it was originally found, and that a little bit of pond gardening would go a long way toward encouraging further growth in these areas.

After spending time removing rushes and typha by hand in order to reduce competition for light and space, a small amount of Pillwort that possessed pills was removed for propagation and future translocation to suitable ponds nearby. 

Anybody interested in propagation and/or translocation of Pillwort is welcome to come along to one of our Pillwort Translocation events on Monday 6th or Monday 20th August. 

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