we get frogs and newts in the pond. We also have a resident
moorhen family who use the pond throughout the year, even
building nests on the pond when their chicks hatch, but we
also get a lot of other wildlife attracted by the pond as
a source of drinking water and insects for food. The ponds
have probably had a bigger impact on wildlife than anything
else in the garden.
and Newts - We
get frogs, but not so many as we used to. The main culprit
is probably grass snake, which we have seen a few times in
the garden. We also have common newts in the pond which eat
Moorhens - have lived on the
pond for many years, this is surprising because they are very
shy birds and the pond is very close to the house. The eggs
are usually laid in a nest built high in a hedge. The young
chicks once they leave this nest cannot climb back up so they
are then reared on the pond where the birds build a new nest
in the water lilies. They may have as many as 8 chicks but
this years first brood was only 3 and so far two have survived.
The main danger seems to be the road.
fly - regular visitors to the garden. The Four Spotted
Chaser dragon fly was photographed as it hatched from the
larvae which had lived in the rill.
Several other different types have been seen.
fly - the
smaller relative of the dragon fly. We get these in very large
numbers in May and June.
Birds around the pond - the
pond is used by a lot of our normal garden birds. The blackbirds
and thrushes spend a lot of time near the pond as do the smaller
birds, especially finches. Swallows use mud from the edges
when nest building.