Habitats - The Large Pond

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Large Pond

The main pond has been created with banks and ledges. The banks have been left to naturally develop. The ledges have been planted mainly with Norfolk reed. The larger ledge is stepped, the upper part of this ledge has been planted with a mixture of wet woodland tree species.

The ditch, which runs from the village hall feeds into the pond. The drainage from the sports field also runs into this ditch and maintains the water level of the pond. Aquatic plants and reeds planted within the ditch act as a natural silt trap before water enters the pond.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of some Norfolk Reed that can be found in large quantities at the large pond at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.
Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a Reed Bunting that can be seen in Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire, close to the large pond containing reed.

Otter, heron and kingfisher have been recorded at the pond feeding on the fish that appeared overnight. Due to the expense of removing the fish and various licences required the fish have remained, but are not a priority species for the pond habitat. In the spring toads migrate to the pond and lay their spawn strings and tadpoles can be seen wriggling in the shallows. In the summer the house martins, swallows and swifts can be seen feeding high above the pond and skimming the pond surface to feed on the invertebrates.

Other bird species which have made use of the reeds include nesting reed buntings; starling Murmurations can be observed over the Pocket Park in the winter months before they drop into the reeds to roost for the night. Dragonflies and damselflies carry out their full life cycle within the pocket park. If you have a keen eye, you may be able to spot the exuviae of the dragonflies and damselflies left clinging on the reeds and stems of the pond margin plants. Exuviae are the skin cases of the dragonfly larvae, once the larvae are mature they climb out of the water, the adult dragonfly emerges, leaving the empty cases clinging on the stems of the pond plants.

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of an Emperor Dragonfly that can be seen around the large pond at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

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