A New Forest pond…by Katy

A New Forest pond by Katy

A New Forest pond by Katy

I never did end the story of the New Forest bus-persons holiday.

So here is the conclusion: Katy’s picture of a New Forest pond (and we did go on the beach, and horse riding and watch the telly too – honest).

I know I’m in danger of fitting myself neatly into a number of well-known stereotypes with this post, but anyway….

Katy did this off her own bat: no help or suggestions with the picture were given at all. As far as I remember, I didn’t even suggest she do a picture like this, but she does like drawing.

So I was pretty impressed when she showed me the finished artcle. Her picture includes an amazingly good summary of what makes a New Forest pond tick: clean water, bare ground, mud and seasonal drawdown, along with a representation of two of Britain’s most threatened wild water plants (I checked with her: she really did mean the two rare plants I marked below on the drawing, which she saw).

Just goes to show you really shouldn’t underestimate children. 

Like all great works of art (!), a little grown-up interpretation  helps to increase one’s appreciation, so I attached a few labels to the picture (below) as explainers. Come to think of it, this would liven up some of our advice leaflets at work!

 

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And here are a couple of pictures of the special plants.

Britain's smallest fern, Pillwort, looks nothing like a fern, except when the tiny shoots come up curled up like a bishop's crozier, loves the edges of muddy, trampled, grazed and unpolluted ponds; it also likes the edges of clean lakes. The New Forest has probably hundreds of ponds where it still can live; outisde the forest water and ponds are generally too degraded for a plant like this.

Britain's smallest fern, Pillwort, looks nothing like a fern, except when the tiny shoots come up, curled up like a bishop's crozier. It loves the edges of muddy, trampled, grazed and unpolluted ponds; it also likes the edges of clean lakes. The New Forest has probably hundreds of ponds where it still can live; outside the forest, water and ponds are generally too degraded for a plant like this. The little balls at the bottom of each frond are the 'pills'.

Floating Water-plantain: this picture is from the website of Jonathon Briggs and independent canal ecologist (and all round good chap....)

Floating Water-plantain: this picture is from the website of Jonathon Briggs an independent canal ecologist (and all round good chap....)

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2 Responses to “A New Forest pond…by Katy”

  1. Clive Says:

    Hi Katy. A great survey result. Is this the pond by the telephone box at South wiers near Brockenhurst.?The site has other goodies to search for too.

    Clive

    • Jeremy Biggs Says:

      Dear Clive

      I’m answering for Katy – yes, it is the pond at South Wiers.

      Best wishes

      Jeremy

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