Dovefromabove


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Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 18:01

Duh!  I misread ... sorry

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:35
darren636 wrote (see)
Well I'm jealous.

.... of the snake's lunch?

 

If you spend long enough laying on your tummy on the lawn looking into a pond, you're bound to see something interesting sooner or later .... I snuck indoors to get the camera walking soooooooooo carefully so I didn't make any vibrations, then crawled low on my tummy with the camera - I couldn't believe my luck

An old school friend of my son's is one of the cameramen on Springwatch - he was dead impressed  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:13

Hottest day of the year so far 21.4C in the shade earlier on.  No wonder the under gardener is sitting down with a well-deserved beer - he's done getting on for half the digging - extended the veg patch and made a good start on the new bed.  Now the robin is busy picking over the soil - lots of worms in there so he's happy.

Just going to prep some Cornish sardines, samphire, purple sprouting and Rosevaal potatoes for supper ...

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:00

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:55

OK - if you're squeamish look away now .........

 

 

 

 


 Going down head first .............

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:52

Phillippa - I think your slow worm may have been about to shed it's skin - they shed the covering of the eye with the skin and it goes milky before that happens.  Great observation. 

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:46
darren636 wrote (see)
Your pond looks perfect, dovefromabove

I could sit there for hours/

We do - or rather we lay on our tummies peering into the water for hours and hours ... bliss ... who needs telly

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:42

 

 Here's Hissing Sid  

Afraid he had one of the frogs for lunch, but a snake's gotta eat too, and there's plenty left

I have got a photo of him eating his lunch, I can post it if you like, but it's not for the squeamish ...

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:37
Esspee wrote (see)

I love that Dove, just what I am aspiring to achieve!  What is the plant with the red leaves?  Lobelia?

Yes - I don't know whether it's survived.  There's lots of native hornwort in there, water soldiers, brooklime, spearwort and water cress as well. 

We use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract to keep blanket weed under control in the summer, along with their sludge control treatment as the pond is quite shallow.  The water is lovely and clear and very healthy.  We bought some native pond snails as well last year to help keep the pond fresh and they're thriving too.

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:30

And here's some of the frogspawn


I hope that encourages everyone who's making a wildlife pond. 

Two years ago ours looked like this


 You can see where we folded the lawn back - then we put the liner in and folded the lawn back over the liner to the edge of the hole. 

 

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