Cascading Ponds and Risedale Beck

Sunday, August 11th 2019

Volunteers have been working on the Cascading Ponds and their work is achieving its purpose, to help prevent erosion.  The reserve receives most of its water from the moors and rainfall can cause the levels to rise quickly.  This was shown by the bubbling water cascading over the falls of the ponds.  They also provide habitats for a variety of species.

Common Frogs and Toads were found here earlier in the year and now 'dragons and damsels' (dragonflies and damselflies) can be seen flitting across the water.

 

Roe Deer sometimes walk across the area and the Kingfisher was seen here recently before heading to the Lake.

Risedale Beck also rises quickly after rain and often the water is coloured brown.  This dam which creates deeper water so that the pipe can take water into the pond, next to the beck.  If the flood is very high then the dam can have some of the stones washed away. 

Some members of the Swaledale Ringing Group have headed to Dividalen for a week.  There is no communications so we will have to wait until their return to hear which birds they have ringed.  They were there last year and there is information about their visit on the blog https://www.foxglovecovert.org.uk/blog/northern-norway.


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