In reply to Birdie Wild:
Male Common Darter I think
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
In reply to Maisie:
I decided to treat myself to a new toy with the help of some saved up Nectar points and got myself a Samsung W300 waterproof camcorder. I won't win any awards for my cinematography (since it's based on "point randomly around the water") but this is my first test in the pond.
In reply to doggie:
Quick update on how everything's settling in and maturing:
Maisie, that's looking beautiful - you would think it had been there for years. Hope you and your feathered family are all well.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
In reply to Clare:
Looking really picturesque M - any more frog sightings?
2013 photos & vids here
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Well Maisie, your pond is amazing. Can't wait for my plants to get established. I really should be at the supermarket but instead I have sat and read all about your pond journey. Brilliant.
In reply to beefriendly:
It's beautiful, Maisie; I wish I had space for one.
In reply to Grandmamac:
Who needs a wildlife park when you have created this pond in your back garden, you and yours will enjoy your creation for many years to come like all pond owners do shame our garden is only small or I would have made ours the size of your, Maisie.
In reply to James:
Thanks everyone :) I'm still slightly amazed at how it's turned out! I didn't have more than a rough sketch to work from and more or less winged it. I had a few features like the shelf and beach that I knew I wanted, but the rockery and planting I made up as I went along. Having great advice from the aquatics nursery man really helped for getting the right amount of the right type of plants, especially for wildlife, but I've also added a few on the basis of "oooh, that's pretty!".
Can't wait to finally get the water features plumbed in and wired up :)
7 months on and we still haven't got round to plumbing anything in, but thanks to the lack of frost most things seem to have survived the winter, and now that Spring is here, the pond plants and rockery are really established. The floating oxygenators are getting nice and big and judging by the clarity of the water, the ecosystem seems to have stabilised. The snails are thriving :) I've had to get rid of a few bits of blanketweed which have probably grown due to the sunlight through the un-covered pond surface. The willows have dumped a layer of leaves on a portion of the pond surface, but only part, so I think I'll leave it there to decompose/be eaten by snails/be absorbed as nutrients by the pond plants.
Seems the pond is a hit with other residents too!
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