Another great turn out by the Friends on Wednesday and a beautiful morning to boot.
We intended our main task to be reinforcing the fence and hedge line of the pond but we actually began by choosing delegates to go and ask Hope Nature Centre to deal with the cars some of their visitors had parked, despite dragons’ teeth and notices to the contrary, all along the verges and beyond their authorised parking area in Simpson’s Field.
The rest of us headed for the pond. Rich had sourced some good lengths of stock fencing and Clive and Simon were soon reinforcing the inner fence line.
By the end of the morning the fence from the Willow at the start of the pond to the Oak at the exiting stream was in very good order. While this was going on Sarah and Joan and the rest were planting and watering in well over 50 whips of Hawthorn, Dogwood and Hazel to thicken up the somewhat decimated hedge.
The reason we are bolstering this fence line is to protect the shallow part of the pond butting this fence that encourages the growth of water weeds and water loving plants such as Figwort and Water Plantain.
The pond’s nursery area
This environment harbours the smaller amphibians, young fish and amongst others, the nymphs of Dragonflies and Damselflies. These latter may spend up to 5 years as nymphs before climbing out of the water using stems and reeds to then burst out to become the beautiful forms they take for just a few weeks at best. There is a lot of life in the pond but it does need protecting.
We are NOT banning dogs from going into the pond, but we would like them to enter via the Village Green field rather that from the hard path, and when possible not to disrupt this “nursery” area.
In the meantime, Pat was doing her usual litter sweep and joined us for coffee, as did Vicky and the HNC delegation. As always coffee and the general chat was good, improved for me by sightings of Buzzard, Heron and the year’s first female Orange-tip. Later, I saw a male Orange-tip and a Brimstone butterfly in Simpsons field.
Buzzard, Heron, Orang-tip and Brimstone