Let the grass grow

Grassy edges would improve this pond

Grassy edges would improve this pond

I tried out our new index for assessing garden pond wildlife value on this pond yesterday.

It had worms (score 1), pond snails (also score 1) and diving beetles (score 5).

A total score of 7 indicates that this pond could be improved quite a bit – 25 would be a reasonable score, and 45 would be excellent.

Even though the pond deosn’t score too high it’s still used by frogs for breeding.

Leaves and two kinds of duckweed make a quite simple structure

Leaves and two kinds of duckweed make a quite simple structure

How could you improve this pond? It would be worth letting the grass grow into the water to provide more habitat – at present it’s completely dominated by leaf litter, so the struture of the pond is rather uniform.

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