Pat and Katy go dipping

Checking out what lives in Pat's pond

Checking out what lives in Pat's pond

Here we are checking out Pat’s front garden pond in Waddesdon (Bucks) a couple of weeks ago – on one of our first trips to see what really lives in garden ponds.

It was good and bad news. The plant in the picture is some of the bad news – its parrot’s-feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum), a relative of our native water-milfoils from South America which has escaped from garden ponds to become a rather serious pest in some areas.

The good news – which also shows that nothing is ever simple – was that in amongst the parrot’s-feather we found the larva of a chaser dragonfly (one of the Libellula species – it was probably the broad-bodied chaser) – the alien plants were the only place where it was safe from the goldfish!

There were other smaller animals too – though of course not so many as you would see in a fish-free garden pond (back to the mayflies in the dipping tray).

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