Timewarp

A roadside village pond in the New Forest

A roadside village pond in the New Forest

This is a very unusual village pond.

It’s full of water plants – even though it looks muddy – including two exceptionally endangered species rare in the rest of the country, has beautifully clear water and not a bit of duckweed in sight.

It has the remarkably low conductivity of 147 – such a low value is a thing of the past in most village ponds in the south of England.

Most are contaminated by nutrients from farmland, gardens and buildings, and the runoff from roads. Many are overwhelmed by ducks as well. Although I like feeding the ducks as well as the next person, ducks do trash ponds when there are a lot of them.

Village ponds like this, clean, barely impacted by modern levels of pollutions and rich in wildlife, are sadly as much a thing of the past as vintage motor cars and horse drawn ploughs.

This is the New Forest – where you can step back in time and see ponds as they once were practically everywhere.

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