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Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 23:14

Hi there, Leslie 

Just spotted this thread. Perhaps you are sorted here. Just wanted to add my Gunnera isn't in water but I have been overwintering it outside for many years now and it has come though some pretty cold winters here in Scotland.

It's all about protecting the crown. I've an old 2007 blog on what I still do with photos see 

Good luck with yours. If it were mine, I might take it out of the water (because you can) protect the crown as I do above and store it in a sheltered corner outside. I don't imagine you'd need to keep yours in a greenhouse - perhaps you could bubble wrap your pot for really cold spells.

Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 23:01

Mosquito larvae spinning around the surface of my smaller rock pool pond gave neck shivers to watch back in July 2011. If you've got movement in still water this could be it. At this time my pond pump wasn't running.

Video footage can be viewed at until I can work out how to embed it here. Meantime, here's a cropped video screen grab...



Adding videos to forum

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:24

Thanks, Dove - will give that a try  

Ha-ha  and thanks, fidget -  yes that's a successful way to share video and I added a link in that way when I couldn't embed my video. However, it did show a box and it looks like my video is behind it somewhere. I'm going to email as Dove above suggests. Love your video capture btw 

Hogweed - no bother 

Adding videos to forum

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:50

After following instructions given through tree icon, my video hasn't appeared in forum thread. It is suggesting it didn't upload. As I have a youtube account I thought it would be easy from there and that was an option given too.

I would like to encourage others to share video footage in this thread too so it would be helpful to know how to achieve this. 

The thread I was trying to upload to is this one 



Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:05

Pond skaters were the first to be spotted moving in to my garden pond (well on top really) and soon after water beetles arrived bobbing briefly on the surface before scurrying around the bottom - great fun to watch

Video below captured back in April showing Pond skater doing a bit of sunbathing as the water beetle runs along under it. (Please note some background music has been added to this capture).

Tried adding video directly but it doesn't appear to be working for the moment so meantime here is the direct link to video on youtube and a video screen grab cropped...


 Video should be showing above.

Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:59

Thanks for the ID suggestion, Victoria 

I did wonder if they could be backswimmers. I also considered the one on the left could just be at a different stage of growth (younger than the other) but its shape seemed so different.

Thanks for adding your image, Lily 

That’s exactly the sort of real images I hoped members might add. That will help all pond newbies to spot dragonfly larvae among mud or blanket weed lifted from our ponds – brilliant!

Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 00:47

Hi everyone,

Having a new wildlife pond, a thread for sharing images of garden pond wildlife could be a great help with ID's. I'm not aware if a thread like this exists already.

I am certain there are members here who have kept garden ponds for many years, who know who to expect and when, as well as the pond newbies like myself who would love to discover the ID's of what is moving about in the water of our new ponds.

Crawling out of lifted blanket weed, placed on a rock on the edge of my pond, the two creatures below were seen. I'm thinking the creature on the right is some kind water boatman? I have searched considerably on the other one but am stumped completely by it - can anyone help? Sorry, image taken was a shaky phone one.


My interest in encouraging wildlife to my garden began with writing a gardenwatch blog. A surprising 36 bird species have been spotted in the garden since 2006 and these first few Blackbirds. I might take a confident guess that my new wildlife pond is going to exceed that number quite considerably.

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:35

Nutcutlet, my visits here are more recent and not too frequent so it would be easy for me to miss previous discussions. This one caught my attention tonight and as I had a photo thought I'd share it.. 

Hopefully your moth numbers will increase again in future years

Fishy 65, I was reading that when I looked up for info on this caterpillar. Nature is fascinating isn't it 

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:22

Nutcutlet, I was fascinated and captivated but the numbers of these caterpillars. I really can't believe I have never noticed them before over the years we have visited this area.

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:14

I was aware Ragwort was toxic to animals but didn't know it was the only food plant of the cinnabar moth. Photo captures of its caterpillars feeding on it and an ID search after brought me to this moth. The photo below is not the best due to wind movement this day but for anyone else reading this forum post it might be interesting to see.

My sighting of ragwort above was in sand dunes at a beach a short distance along from St Andrews in Scotland. In all my visits to this coastal strip I had never noticed the many feeding caterpillars on this plant. In fact I had never really taken a second look at the Ragwort.

Two weeks later we returned on another visit (this time armed with a video camera to capture the many feeding caterpillars for my blog) to find the same area of Ragwort striped of leaves and flowers with only main stems left! These caterpillars could be one of nature's way of controlling this plant pest - although in reality no match for the growth a spread of this plant.

Small tortoiseshells caught my eye this time and following one with my camera I found it feeding on a new patch of Ragwort and there I found the cinnabar moth caterpillars once again - even more of them!

I captured a great piece of video footage of the small tortoiseshell appearing to deliberately knock of one of the caterpillars off the Ragwort and feed where it was (must get it uploaded one night). I also spotted Ringlet butterflies feeding on ragort on this coastal location too. It's great what you discover when out with a camera  

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Adding videos to forum

Video space shows blank square - what went wrong? 
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Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Can you share images of yours and help with ID's? 
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