Our Fantastic Wetland

Saturday, November 21st 2015

During the winter of 2008/9 a series of inter-connected ponds were developed at the far end of the moor. They are fed by water from a spring out on the moor, beyond our boundary. There were some ponds already present and these were not connected to the new ponds.

The area looked bare when initially completed. These photographs was taken in January 2009.

Wetland in January 2009

Wetland January 2009

By April of 2009 the frost had gone! The wetland was just showing some growth of plants.

The wetland in April

Before the ponds were constructed an ecological survey of the existing ponds was carried out by Martin Hammond. All the data from this was added to our species list and several new species were found, including Mud Snail.

Our ponds have been designated as a Flagship Pond by the Freshwater Habitats Trust. You will have read on the blog that volunteers have had training on surveying Mud Snails and Pillwort. Also, Martin Hammond returned to do another detailed survey of the ponds in July this year.

We have just received his report. There is a great deal of information in the report and we are still reading it and evaluating the information it contains. However some things really do stand out.

Evidence of Water Vole burrows, latrines and feeding sites was observed in nine ponds.

Water Vole

Plant records totalled 69 including Marsh Cinquefoil which has Near Threatened status in England. It was found in 7 ponds.

Marsh Cinquefoil

The wetland has changed a great deal in six years. They have developed tremendously, with a great deal of work from reserve managers and volunteers and are an absolutely fantastic habitat. 

The wetland

The wetland


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