A juvenile mute swan arrived today, quite bold and hungry, currently hoovering up the water crowfoot (which is a shame as it’s just started to flower). Lovely addition to the pond though.
Barn owl’s on the hunt, bats are up. Rural Shropshire.
The pond is recovering from some work we did in the autumn and is now wider, deeper and has a proper island for our ducks. The recent rain has filled it to the brim and the field around it is slowly turning from mud to grass again. Things are looking a little bare at the moment (it is December after all) but we’re already planning for a spring of planting around the bank and by the summer it should be full of wildlife again.
Waiting for the wildlife to return
Doesn’t mean field is on fire again!
Not a breath of wind and a beautiful clear evening sky.
It won’t be long before the trees are bare, so here’s a bit of November colour.
The pond is over 7 1/2 feet deep and overflowing! Lovely fresh water though.
What a difference twelve months makes. October 2018 to October 2019.
From April 2018 to June 2019.
After only eight months the pond is now full, thanks to the old clay field drains helping to fill it up. It will take time to clear and for the edges to fill with plantlife, but it’s a start.
The creation of a traditional Shropshire wildlife pond, naturally clay-lined, nothing brought in to the site, nothing removed from the site. All we now need is water. Lots of water.