Wildlife pond success11 Aug 2019
Newts are flourishing in our wildlife pond!
We created the farm wildlife pond 2 years ago in order to give frogs, newts and other creatures a home as well as a valuable source of water. This was, and still is important as more and more wildlife habitat is destroyed and therefore the population is on the decline. We researched how to create a pond that will be attractive to wildlife, for example not including fish, making sure there is easy access, rocks and logs to enable them to live out of the water. We also looked at plants to ensure the still water would remain clear (ish).
We originally put in snails and 2 newts rescued from the drains at the allotment next door. Word must have spread about the nice new home, as a year later we noticed at least 6 adult newts and this year we have loads of newtlets.
Caught on camera
The wildlife camera has picked up badgers drinking from the pond as well as birds washing.<div class="videowrapper"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v3T4ttR8Mjw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
Is that a newt too?
It is a really important resource for our local wildlife and is now a thriving community as well as a lovely place to just sit and relax with a wine or two ☺ A recent addition is a hedgehog house, which we are hoping will soon be populated by our spiky friends.