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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ponds

There was a report last year that 8 out of 10 Ponds were in a poor state and that many ponds had disappeared in the 20th century.

Last year a campaign was launched last year to build 500,000 new ponds. Since then, the Environment Agency has built 184 new ponds and has restored a further 50 to their former glory.

At one site at the former Wheal Jane tin mine near Truro more than 30 have been built. Conservation groups monitoring the area have reported that ponds are already teeming with frogs, toads, newts and insects including the scarce blue-tailed damselfly, large red damselfly and golden ringed dragonfly.

At Otmoor in Oxfordshire, stonewort plants quickly appeared in a new pond when their spores were reactivated after decades in the ground since the wetlands in the area were drained.

Most Wildlife watchers know that a good pond can greatly improve the diversity of wildlife in an area.

1 comment:

Tricia said...

I had no idea that ponds were in decline but pleased to hear that more have been established.

My garden pond is testimony to the additional and increased variety of wildlife existing now just in an urban garden.