Parrot’s Feather and Frog’s Spawn at Darby Green Pond

Last week Stuart and I were joined by volunteers to remove more Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) from Darby Green Pond.

We adopted the method perfected on our previous task last November. Although this time it was particularly tricky as most of the plants mass had sunk under the water and thus was hard to find and remove. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to help.

Duncan using a chrome to pull out weed

Duncan using a chrome to pull out weed




Whilst we were there we were pleased to see an abundance of frogs! Hundreds of them had congregated in the north west corner to lay frog spawn. The noise was incredible.

We believe we have now removed a total of 75% of the invasive plant from the pond in this first stage of clearance. For more information on Parrot’s Feather and photos from our previous task follow the link: Parrot’s Feather Piques Curiosity at Pond

Assistant Ranger Jenny



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The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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