Excavating A New Habitat

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.

Stu Southwood Woodland Pond

Stu using the excavator

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.

Southwood Woodland Pond finished

Finished pond taking on water all ready

All that remains now is to watch the pond mature and watch how the plant life develops as the seasons go.

Acting Ranger Jenny


About blackwatervalleycountryside

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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