Our pond is one year old! It’s been quite a year (in more ways than one!) but the pond has been a huge success for the wildlife and for us in terms of a calming presence in an otherwise stressful year. So in a year the pond has gone from this:
It’s looking pretty well bedded in now, although there are still a few bare spots where the lining is showing that I need to sort.
The wildlife has been abundant. We’ve had frogs and newts – the newts in particular doing really well with possibly hundreds of baby newts hatched.
There’s been plenty of insect activity with beetles, pond skaters and dragonflies quickly moving in. 9 species of dragonfly/damselfly have found their way to the pond already, which is amazing.
As well as the insects we had perhaps anticipated or hoped for, there were others more surprising like moths – this Meadow Longhorn spotted on the marginal plants.
The birds have been making good use of the pond for bathing and hedgehogs, squirrels and the neighbours’ cats have all been seen drinking from it.
The only slight disappointment with the pond last year was that we didn’t get any frog spawn; but the pond was so new at spawning time it was perhaps not surprising. Will we get any this year? Well nothing yet, but it’s looking promising. This pair of frogs in an amplexus embrace have been seen for several nights – so fingers crossed.
So Happy Birthday to our pond. May the coming year bring you (and us) lots more wildlife encounters.