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Monthly Archives: January 2018

The heronry was busy and noisy this morning. As far as I could tell all 18 nests are claimed.

Well I’ve cleared a 20 metre long by 2-3 metre wide section of the Central Drainage Ditch to a depth of 600mm, with sloping sides, which will serve as Pool 2. What I like about this open ditch section is its lack of sharp and straight bank edges, and the natural appearance. My aim is to split the 450 metre long Central Drainage Ditch into manageable sections for ease of manual maintenance,… Read More

Too much rotting organic matter, such as leaves and other dead vegetation, resting on the pond bottom reduces water oxygen levels and is detrimental to pond wildlife. The steep bank on the left contributes to the pond high nutrient levels, too. However, some dead organic matter is useful as a substrate for plants and invertebrates. The best time to rake out a pond is autumn, before wildlife and minibeasts go into hibernation… Read More

After a four-week rest, courtesy of Australian flu, I started clearing the Great Crested Newt Pond today, at the northern end of the Swamp. At the beginning of 2017, a small copse surrounding the GCN pond was removed. The water in the pond is now too nutrient-rich, so the time has come to remove the rotting vegetation and some of the bull rushes clogging this narrow strip of standing water. I’ve cleared… Read More

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