The Wilden Marsh Blog


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

The River Stour was in big flood yesterday, as opposed to being in great flood. In a big flood, River Stour waters trickle over its bank onto the marsh. In a great flood, the waters gush over the riverbanks and turn much of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve into a series of lakes. Marsh flooding is not a problem because it’s a natural floodplain and flooding is a natural event. What’s really nasty,… Read More

Sunrise: 04.52 am   Sunset: 09.23 pm There is a lot of piggy-backing behaviour occurring with the Helophilus pendulus today; they are playing this game in stacks of two, three, and four high – perhaps it’s Helophilus Games Day.

Sunrise: 04.53 am   Sunset: 09.22 pm

Sunrise: 04.53 am   Sunset: 09.22 pm