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Thursday, August 29th 2013

From time to time wildlife ponds in gardens need clearing out to stop some of the more vigorous water plants from taking over.  The pond in the back garden has been overlooked for some time now and was dense with vegetation; there was not one place on the surface where you could see water.

Work began to thin out some of these plants but it soon became clear that there was a thick mat of interlocking roots going right to the bottom of the pond; it was an all or nothing job.  By lunchtime a huge amount of debris had been pulled and cut out of the little pond.

David and Garth then spent the afternoon re-landscaping the edges of the pond where roots had grown and pushed rocks around.  The finished product looks fantastic and with a rain shower or two will soon be full again allowing plants to thrive.

Once re-vegetated the pond will once again become a haven for wildlife.  The shallow areas will be covered with pebbles and provide shelter for small invertebrates and snails; plants around the margins will provide shelter for amphibians such as the Great Crested Newt which is regularly seen on the reserve.  A large number of invertebrates will also be attracted to the pond and surrounding plants to feed which in turn can provide a food source for birds as well as a place for them to bathe and collect moss for nesting material.

Thank you for your help on this project and watch this space for more wildlife friendly ideas you can try in your own garden!


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