June at the pond.
If you are a regular park user you will probably have seen that the wildlife pond is developing well. Several photos have already been posted; see the Main page of this website.
In addition to the plants that we paid for at the time of the restoration, we have had lots of contributions of plants from 'friends'; more contributions always welcome.
There are common newts
as well as lots of insects, including damselflies
, currently (June through July) laying their eggs on the marginal plants. You may be lucky and see a large dragon fly, the Broad-bodied chaser
, so called because it looks fat. The males are blue and the females are yellow and gold.
Floating on the surface are the the tiny Ivy-leaved duckweed
(Lemna) and the Water fern
(Azolla ). Lemna is a native plant and so deserves a place in the pond. Azolla is not currently considered native though it did grow here in a interglacial period. However, these can both become invasive, and we are keeping them down with occasional netting.
is a very invasive plant, and we are removing it when ever we see it.
The pink water lilies are horticultural varieties of our native White Water Lily
Around the edge of the pond are sedges
. 'Sedges have edges and rushes are round' is a useful guide to which is which. Feel them.
are an interesting addition. They are not native fish, and we were not planning on having them, but they are not going to be easy to remove! Please don't add any more, as they eat lots of the wildlife that we want to encourage.
These are just some of the plants and animals; tell us what you have seen,
The Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC)
is the place to send records of what you have seen.
Go to the BRERC
website and choose the 'Recording' tab for full instructions.
The grid reference for the pond is ST 592 751