Freezing ponds a big concern

My garden pond yesterday

My garden pond yesterday

Judging by the amount of traffic on the blog, people are worried about their ponds freezing up.

My main message is – don’t worry too much!

I’ll post some detailed guidance later.

In the meantime, the (terrible) picture below probably goes some way to explaining why ponds can be fine in the cold.

The green areas below the ice are a mixture of mosses growing underwater and algae on the bottom of the pond. Both are probably producing oxygen, which is probably what's keeping levels high beneath the ice.

The green areas below the ice are a mixture of mosses growing underwater and algae on the bottom of the pond. Both are probably producing oxygen, which is probably what's keeping levels high beneath the ice.

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4 Responses to “Freezing ponds a big concern”

  1. David Horstead Says:

    I have a large pond and, probably due to the extended freeze, has a large number of dead frogs, newts and dragonfly larvae. There is no sign of trauma or disease, just lots of bodies which is sad.

  2. doreen thrift Says:

    Could you be the same Dave Horstead who lodged with Frank and me at Latchmere Rd in Battersea. Would love to hear from you if this is so. I dont have the same problem with pond though, as we live in Australia now.

  3. Marie halliday Says:

    Hi Doreen Thrift. I knew you when we both lived on Latchmere Road. You left for Australia about the same time we moved to Ireland. Jack and myself have been to Australia a few times, mainly Sydney, and tried to locate you. We would love to hear from you. Did you ever hear back from Dave of the Frozen Pond.

    • doreen thrift Says:

      well well well, my old mate marie. Yes would love to from you. Was In ireland about 10 years ago and tried to find you. We are in England quite often, just come back four weeks ago. Yes have contact with Dave.

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