At Southwood Woodland this past month we have undertaken two construction tasks.
The first task was to install a new pond in the main grassland glade as part of the agreed management plan for the woodland. The pond will add another habitat to the already rich mix of woodland, grassland, heathland and alder carr (to name a few). This new habitat will, in turn, encourage more species such as frogs and toads to inhabit the woodland. Ponds can also be great places for people to relax and watch the dragonflies. For more about ponds and why they are important please visit The Freshwater Habitats Trust website.
The area we chose for the pond is naturally very wet, as we can see from the reeds that grow there. This means the pond should be able to sustain water at different levels dependant on the time of year. Stu and I dug the pond using our excavator to create different depths, shelves and a shallow gradient leading to the top. This will help amphibians and other freshwater creatures get in and out as well as encourages species of different niches.
All that remains now is to watch the pond mature and watch how the plant life develops as the seasons go.
Acting Ranger Jenny