The pond is a centre for wild-life activity. Its sunny location and its diversity of plant life provide a haven for an enormous variety of creatures. Some are totally dependent on the pond for all of their life cycle such as Greater Pond and Ramshorn Snails. Others, generally predators, fly between bodies of water like the adult Great Diving Beetle, Pond Skater and Water Boatman. Yet other animals spend their immature stages underwater only to metamorphose into Dragonflies and Damselflies.
There is a range of depths from the shallow edge to 75cm. in the centre. This attracts a variety of pond creatures and also provides opportunities for different plant species to colonise.
A gently sloping edge allows easy access for amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts and also allows birds to drink and bathe.
The paved front edge allows children to watch the activity in the pond without damaging the marsh plants.
Dense planting around the back of the pond provides cover and shelter to animals entering and leaving.
No fish have been put in the pond as these would eat the other life and so reduce the wildlife value.
Some plants you will see around the pond include Ragged Robin, Water Mint, Purple Loosestrife, Yellow Iris, Marsh Marigold, Globe Flower, Water Forget-Me-Not, Fringed Water Lily, Broad Leaved Pond Weed, Water Milfoil, Hornwort, Flowering Rush, Hemp Agrimony and Great Water Plantain.
Some of the animals that you may see depending on the time of the year include Frog Tadpoles, Newt Tadpoles, Frogs, Toads, Common or Smooth Newt, Greater and Lesser Water Boatman, Great Diving Beetle larvae and adult, Whirlygig Beetles, Pond Skater, Water Measurer, Leech, Emperor Dragonfly nymph and adult, Broad Bodied Chaser nymph and adult, Common Damselfly nymph and adult, Backswimmer, Water Louse, Daphnia, Ramshorn Snail and Greater Pond Snail
Water Boatman or Backswimmer can row at speed and is a predator of the pond, eating Tadpoles and other Boatmen.
The Great Diving Beetle is a giant among pond creatures. It has powerful back legs for diving and it is a voracious predator on any other creatures in the pond.
The Common Blue Damselfly flies from May to October and preys on small insects. Look for the larval cases on the emergent pond vegetation around the pond edge in May.
Water Fleas or Daphnia make a rich soup in the pond providing everyone else with dinner....